The Silk Road: A Musical Caravan

Various Artists

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The Silk Road: A Musical Caravan Review

by Rick Anderson

The term "Silk Road" applies to a number of trade routes that were frequented by merchants and other travellers through Eurasia between 200 BC and 1500 AD. These actually included both land and sea routes, and would have brought travellers into contact with a wide variety of social, political and, as this generous two-disc set makes plain, musical cultures. Organized and overseen by famed cellist Yo Yo Ma, The Silk Road is a sort of musical travelogue that documents some of these widely disparate musical traditions. Each of the two discs offers a slightly different focus: the first is titled "Masters & Traditions," and focuses on what would be considered "classical" music in each of the cultures represented; the second, "Minstrels & Lovers," presents what might be considered pop or folk music, divided into nomadic, festal and spiritual subgenres. For many Western listeners, the classical traditions will actually be more familiar, which is part of what makes this collection fun -- while many of us have heard the occasional example of Tibetan throat singing or Japanese shakuhachi music, it's likely that the pishro tradition of Azerbaijan or Uzbekistani lute music or the elaborate Jew's harp techniques of Kazakhstan will be a new experience for many. Highly recommended to anyone with an ethnomusicological bent.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Bruno Caillat / Dariush Safvat 03:11 Amazon
2 Edalat Nasibov 03:50 Amazon
3 Aygul Ulkenbaeva 01:25 Amazon
4 Gevorg Dabaghyan / Kamo Khatchuarturian / Grigor Takushian 02:30 Amazon
5 Elshan Mansurov 03:39 Amazon
6 Abdorahim Hamidov / Jurabek Nabiev / Shavkat Nabiev / Shuhrat Nabiev 04:20 Amazon
7 Malik Mansurov / Mahmud Salah 01:52 Amazon
8 Hoseyn Qavami / Ali Tajvidi 03:13 Amazon
9 Hassan Kassai 04:08 Amazon
10 Kojiro Umezaki 02:50 Amazon
11 Samara Tokhtakunova 02:57 Amazon
12 Wu Man 02:20 Amazon
13 Yao Bingyan 02:19 Amazon
14 Svetlana Chebodaev / Vyacheslav Kuchenov 03:27 Amazon
15 Aygul Ulkenbaeva 02:13 Amazon
16 Baterdene 02:19 Amazon
17 Ruslan Jamabaev 02:01 Amazon
18 Baterdene / Khongorzul 04:04 Amazon
19 Turgun Alimatov 03:51 Amazon
20 Nur Mahammat Tursun 02:16 Amazon
21 Abdorahim Hamidov / Shuhrat Razzaqov 02:45 Amazon
22 Barno Ishakova / Sultanali Khudaberdiev / Rama Narkalaev / Zakirjan Yunusov 03:54 Amazon
23 Uyghur Muqam Ensemble 03:29 Amazon
24 Gongxiao Dasha Ensemble 02:49 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Edil Huseinov 03:21 Amazon
2 Evgeni Ulugbashev 03:32 Amazon
3 Kelek Kumaqau olo 02:29 Amazon
4 Anna Burnakova / Sergei Charkhov / Slava Kuchenov / Sabjilar 03:38 Amazon
Alpamish Epic
5 Jaule Bakshi 04:49 Amazon
6 Qalbeke Uzaqbergenova 02:49 Amazon
7 Almas Almatov 01:21 Amazon
8 Dordi Torik / Rahmân-Qilich Yomudi 04:38 Amazon
9 Sirajoddin Juraev 03:53 Amazon
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Nurlanbek Nyshanov 03:28 Amazon
11 Abdurashid Nâdirev / Abdughani Tokhtiev 03:38 Amazon
12 Abdollâh Nazriev / Davlat Nazriev / Ismail Nazriev 02:04 Amazon
13 Muhammud Rahim Takhary 02:21 Amazon
14 Asheq Hasan / Ibrahim / Sa Sohrabi 03:32 Amazon
15 Edil Huseinov 04:25 Amazon
16 Sayan Aqmoldaev 03:45 Amazon
17 Khodapanah Berdov / Karakhan Karakhanov / Mahingul Nazarshaheva 02:31 Amazon
18 T. Soltan Qalebov 03:22 Amazon
19 Naqshbandi Afaqi Brotherhood 04:05 Amazon
20 Akil Sekebaev 04:38 Amazon
21 Abdollâh Sarvar Ahmadi / Morâd Ali Sâlâr Ahmadi 03:22 Amazon
22 Ashik Feyzullah Tchinar 04:05 Amazon
23 Jarrahi Dervishes 04:38 Amazon
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