Various Artists

Masters of Indian Classical Music

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From ARC Records, known for often finding European-based performers of various traditions, this album of Indian classical music instead makes use of the very best on the various instruments in the (mostly) Hindustani arsenal, primarily through licensing from Living Media in India. The sitar is represented by its greatest exponent, Ravi Shankar. Likewise, the bansuri is represented by its greatest exponent in Hariprasad Chaurasia. Amjad Ali Khan takes up the sarod, Zakir Hussain the tablas, and Rajam her violin. Bismillah Khan, the greatest shehnai player of the day, is made use of, and the album closes with Ram Narayan's sublime sarangi. It's rare, even among compilations, to showcase this much talent and name value. With this much invested in the players, it's hard to find problems with the music. These performers are known as the best of their class for a reason, and that becomes apparent upon listening. The ragas are flawless. The sound quality on occasion could use a bit of help, but it rarely impairs the enjoyment. Definitely worth hearing this one.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
20:46
2
29:38
3
20:57

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
28:51
2
9:45
3
20:36
4
14:09
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