Two essential legends of different genres, united! Philip Glass is the face of contemporary minimalist composition, and Ravi Shankar is one of the most widely Western-known composers of Indian classical music. Wow! Passages, their 1990 collaboration, is a remarkably successful melding, all spiralling melody and stately texture. Reissue on Music On Vinyl.
Vinyl LP £22.74 MOVCL022
180g vinyl reissue LP on Music On Vinyl.
9/10 Jack 1st June 2016
Half of these pieces were written by Glass, half by Shankar. They seemed to try to emulate each other's styles, so it's really hard to tell who wrote which piece without a scorecard - in other words, an exquisite collaboration. A listener may be disappointed if he expects Ravi Shankar's traditional quartet recordings or Philip Glass's swirling minimalist recordings like "Einstein On The Beach". But if you like Ravi Shankar's more polished productions like "Tana Mana" or Glass's soundtracks such as "Powaqqatsi", you'll love this.
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