Ma, Yo-Yo & Silk Road Ensemble / Silk Road Journeys
Album: Silk Road Journeys   Collection:World
Artist:Ma, Yo-Yo & Silk Road Ensemble   Added:Apr 2002
Label:Sony Classical  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2002-08-26 Pull Date: 2002-10-28 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Sep 29 Sep 15 Sep 8
Airplays: 1 2 3

Recent Airplay
1. Jun 16, 2016: Melange
Avaz-E Dashti, Blue Little Flower
4. Sep 11, 2010: Music Casserole
2. Nov 01, 2015: Clean Copper Radio
5. Nov 02, 2006: Finneman's Market
3. Sep 17, 2015: Clean Copper Radio
Legend of Herlen, Desert Capriccio
6. Oct 10, 2005: Mixed Up Class
Desert Capriccio

Album Review
Reviewed 2002-08-13
Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble: Silk Road Journey Label: Sony Classical
This is a wonderful classical music/traditional Asian music CD, inspired by the cultures along the Silk Road. Yo-Yo Ma does not disappoint – he captures the essence of this journey. A lot of love went into this CD – and you can tell. Try: 1,2,3,5,8,9,11.
1. Beautiful Mongolian vocal “long song”. Absolutely stunning.
2. Begins like the soundtrack to a Chinese martial arts epic. Mongolian vocals interspersed; slow and sparse – but beautifully composed & layered.
3. Starts w/ flowing traditional melodies, then breaks into a vigorous male vocal – I can hear the horses charging over the plains…
4. Starts w/ energetic traditional melodies, slows down, then builds up again
5. A long piece w/ beautifully flowing melodies inspired by nature scenes
6. Lovely piano & cello piece – melodic & has a folksy feel
7. Playful piano flourishes
8. Persian melodies w/ a mix of instrumentation – really nice & haunting flute (ney) w/ strings (santur)
9. A pretty far-out piece – a lot of musicians/instruments involved, contributing to an unusual composition that doesn’t really recall Middle Eastern work. However, this piece really illustrates Yo-Yo Ma’s virtuosity on the solo cello
10. Slow and haunting, for the most part, then breaks into more recognizable Middle Eastern melodies/rhythms about halfway through
11. Italian melody using Asian/string/tablas instrumentation
12. Traditional Chinese melodies – from the soundtrack of Crouching Tiger

Track Listing
1. Mongolian Love Song   7. Joiku
2. Legend of Herlen   8. Avaz-E Dashti
3. Blue Little Flower   9. Habil-Sayagy
4. Mido Mountain   10. Blue As The Turquoise Night
5. Moon Over Guan Mountains   11. Chi Passa Per'sta Strada
6. Five Finnish Folksongs   12. Desert Capriccio