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The Silkroad Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma

von Morgan NEVILLE



Morgan Neville


C Major Entertainment


120 mins.

© 2012, a BFMI production in co-production with Sony Classical.

The con­cert opens on an un­ex­pec­ted note: the sound of the gaita hung in the air as Cristina Pato wound her way down through the crowd to the con­cert hall to join her fel­low mu­si­cians for the open­ing Silk Road Suite. The pro­gram fea­tured mu­sic from Per­sia, China, Galicia, Si­cily, In­dia, and the Roma people, and many pieces in­spired by glob­al cross-cur­rents, in­clud­ing a "ghost trio" by Uzbek com­poser Dmitri Yan­ov-Yan­ovsky, com­posed in hon­or of the friend­ship between cel­list Yo-Yo Ma and Ir­a­ni­an kamancheh vir­tu­oso Kay­han Kal­hor.


A series of high-en­ergy en­cores in­cluded an im­pro­vised face-off between Wu Tong on sheng and Sandeep Das on ca­jon (a Per­uvi­an box-shaped per­cus­sion in­stru­ment). With cam­er­as rolling, the group was per­haps a little more the­at­ric­al than usu­al on­stage. The Berkshire Eagle called the per­form­ance "ram­bunc­tious, ath­let­ic and just about man­ic. ... Teem­ing vir­tu­os­ity marked each per­for-mance."

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