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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 29Sep 15Sep 8

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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