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Yehudi Menuhin, Ravi Shankar – West Meets East

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He was the greatest violin virtuoso of his time, shone with Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and many other classics. But the great violinist, educator and cosmopolitan Yehudi Menuhin was by no means only interested in reinterpreting the great masters of the past. For him, music was sound becoming interpersonal communication. And so the classical virtuoso caused a sensation in 1967 when he met the Indian sitar master Ravi Shankar, improvised with him and recorded the now legendary album West meets East. On the occasion of Menuhin's 100th birthday on April 22nd, it is now available on vinyl

Nobody spoke of "world music", and the word "crossover" didn't even exist when the two musicians - each one one one of the greatest in his field - met. In 1966 both had played at the festival in Bath. Yehudi Menuhin had embarked on an inner journey for this, had appropriated the rules and possibilities of the Indian Ragas. After the extensive improvisations, Menuhin, who had grown up with western scores in fixed notation, said: "I explained that I had managed it once, but I wouldn't be able to do it again" (Autobiography Unfinished Journey)

Menuhin was mistaken: the album became one of the most legendary in record history, showered with prizes. In the chamber music category, the album was the first release of Indian-Asian music to win a Grammy. - On page B you can hear the violin sonata no. 3 by Menuhin's teacher George Enescu, with Menuhin's sister Hephzibah at the piano!

Release details

Label: Warner Classics
Units: 1
Country: UK, Europe & US
Released: 2016


A1 Prabhāti (Based On The Raga Gunkali)
A2 Rāga: Puriyā Kalyan
A3 Swara-Kākali (Based On The Raga Tilang)
Sonata No. 3 In A Minor, Op.25 (In The Popular Romanian Style)