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  SS 89782
  Silk Road Journeys: Where Strangers Meet - Silk Road Ensemble
  "Silk Road Journeys: Where Strangers Meet"

Yo-Yo Ma
Silk Road Ensemble
Track listing:
  1. Mongolian Traditional long song
2. Byambasuren Sharav: Legend of Herlen
3. Blue Little Flower (Chinese traditional)
4. Mido Mountain (Chinese Traditional)
5. Zhao Jiping: Moon Over Guan Mountains
6. Michio Mamiya: Five Finnish Folksongs (no 3)
7. Michio Mamiya: Five Finnish Folksongs (no 5)
8. Avaz-e Dashti (Persian Traditional)
9. Franghiz Ali-Zadeh: Habil Sayagy (In Habil's Style)
10. Kayhan Kalhor: Blue as the Turquoise Night of Neyshabur
11. Filippo Azzaiolo: Chi passa per'sta strada
12. Tan Dun: Desert Capriccio (from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)
  Classical - Crossover
  Dual Layer
Recording type:
Recording info:
  Recorded August 1-8, 2001 at the Hit Factory, Studio 1, New York City
Producer: Steven Epstein
Executive Producers: Cristin Bagnall, Esther Won
Engineer: Richard King
DSD Engineer: Gus Skinas
Assistan Engineers: Michael McCoy, Timothy Ronaghan
Editing Engineer: Jen Wyler

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Review by Dinko November 29, 2004 (8 of 9 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
Classical fans beware: this title at times attacks you sonically from all sides. Forget surround sound used to provide hall ambience, this title easily convinces that surrounds were invented to be used aggressively.

If Yo-Yo Ma's cello is mostly placed in the front with surrounds providing hall reverb, that isn't the case with the wailing vocals which come from the front and the back.
The trombones in track 2 play a multichannel duet. Percussion in a few tracks comes from the rear (with hall reverb from the front), while more melodic instruments are in front (with reverb behind).

As should be expected whenever Richard King's name comes up in the credits, the recorded sound of the percussion instruments is fantastic, from the tiniest clicks to the loudest crashes, it's all so realistic.
It's a sonic spectacular, and the perfect demonstration disc for surround sound.

Now as for the music... well it's a load of bizarre combinations of just about anything generally defined as "oriental", to which some occidental sonorities are added. It's all bound together by the idea of the Silk Road and the music found along it. Musically, it's held together by the cello which could easily act as a traveller along the Silk Road, exploring and participating in local musical culture. Alien and familiar mix together for what is a refreshing musical experience which transcends the average world music album. It may not achieve the same depth as a Mahler symphony, but it makes for some very fine listening.

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