SHANKAR, RAVI Symphony. Anoushka Shankar sitar. London Philharmonic Orchestra / David Murphy. London Philharmonic Orchestra

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Shankar Ravi Symphony Anoushka Shankar David Murphy London Philharmonic Orchestra

RAVI SHANKAR (b.1920)

Symphony

Anoushka Shankar sitar

London Philharmonic Orchestra / David Murphy

Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London on 1 July 2010.

Legendary composer and sitarist Ravi Shankar is one of India’s most highly esteemed musical ambassadors, renowned for his pioneering work in bringing Indian music to the West. 2010 saw the première of his ambitious fusion work, his first symphony conceived for a Western symphony orchestra, which translates the aural sensibilities and sound-worlds of Indian music into a Western structural framework. In this live recording of the work’s première, David Murphy conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Ravi Shankar’s daughter Anoushka on sitar.

Ravi Shankar travelled a great deal in the West as a child dancer in his elder brother Uday Shankar’s troupe of Indian musicians and dancers. During a long sojourn in Paris in the early 1930s he met many of the legends of Western classical music: George Enescu, the great Romanian violinist and composer who was then teaching the teenage Menuhin in Paris. Toscanini, Heifetz, Paderewski, Casals, Kreisler and the great Russian bass Chaliapin were some of the musical legends who made an impact on the young Ravi Shankar.

He also experienced the reaction of Westerners to hearing Indian music for the first time. He noticed that the Western ear is attuned to harmony, modulation and counterpoint: musical textures which of necessity are almost entirely absent in Indian music in order to maintain the melodic purity of the raga. He realised Western-trained ears needed an awareness of the rhythmic and melodic structures underpinning Indian music in order to appreciate it.

Thus in later years, Ravi Shankar became the first Indian musician to explain these concepts to his audiences. Through Ravi Shankar, Indian music began to have an influence on most genres of Western music: Yehudi Menuhin became a duo partner and George Harrison was another Western musician for whom the music of India resonated deeply. Harrison became a devoted student and lifelong friend, thus the influence of Indian music reached out to a whole generation.

First and only available recording of this most anticipated work by one of India’s best-known composers, Ravi Shankar

Features the dazzling sitar-playing of Anoushka Shankar - whose recordings on the Deutsche Grammophon label include the Grammy-nominated ‘Live at Carnegie Hall’

Ravi Shankar was a mentor to conductor David Murphy, whose understanding of the work is unparalleled.

The live recording took place in front of a sell-out crowd, drawn to the concert by the legendary status of Ravi Shankar in Indian communities in London and the wider world music community

London Philharmonic Orchestra LPO0060

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