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Anoushka Shankar – Home (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44.1kHz]

Anoushka Shankar – Home (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time – 00:55:12 minutes | 557 MB | Genre: World
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | © Deutsche Grammophon is a Universal Music Company
Recorded: Jeevan Music Studio, London, 10/2014

Four-time Grammy nominee Anoushka Shankar is one of today´s most distinguished classical cross-genre sitar performers and composers. After Traveller and Traces of You, this pure Indian classical album is Anoushka´s third release on Deutsche Grammophon, recorded right at her home studio in London. Inspired by her classical upbringing and teaching by her legendary father, Ravi Shankar, this album offers both meditative and virtuoso Indian classical raga for solo sitar with ensemble.

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Anoushka Shankar – Love Letters P.S (Deluxe) (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Anoushka Shankar – Love Letters P.S (Deluxe) (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 41:14 minutes | 480 MB | Genre: Indie Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Mercury KX

Sitarist, composer and producer Anoushka Shankar releases her new deluxe album, Love Letters P.S., which follows her original Love Letters EP and includes four new tracks including two remixes from composer-producers Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Sandunes and two brand new songs!

Anoushka is joined by singer, songwriter and pianist Norah Jones, singer, co-producer and co-writer Alev Lenz, singer and cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson and mastering engineer Heba Kadry (Björk, Slowdive) alongside Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Sandunes for this stunning offering.

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Zubin Mehta and Anoushka Shankar 2017 1080p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

“Everybody knew India through Ravi.” These words, with which Zubin Mehta paid homage to the sitar player Ravi Shankar when he died in 2012, hint at the artist’s significance: no other Indian instrumentalist and composer made the music and musicianship of his home country as internationally known as he did. Throughout his life Shankar considered himself an intermediary between East and West. When he was young he travelled as a member of his brother’s dance group to Europe, where he got to know classical music. Later, he trained with the famous Indian pedagogue Allauddin Khan in traditional sitar playing and achieved such a level of mastery that he became a soloist who gave concerts internationally. He collaborated with very diverse Western artists, with Yehudi Menuhin, with the guitarist of the Beatles, George Harrison, with André Previn, Philip Glass – and his compatriot Zubin Mehta, with whom he was friends for many years.

Mehta was also the person who accompanied the process of creation of Raga-Mālā, Shankar’s Second Concerto for sitar and orchestra, a work commissioned by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, and who premiered the work in 1981 with Shankar as the soloist. This piece is based on approximately 30 ragas, traditional Indian melodic patterns, and links the oriental art of improvisation with the performed playing of a classical concert. Zubin Mehta brings the work to Berlin for his concerts with the Philharmonic. The soloist is Ravi Shankar’s daughter Anoushka, who learned to play the sitar from her father, and who was born in the year Raga-Mālā was composed.

Just as for Ravi Shankar, for the Hungarian Béla Bartók too the traditional music of his homeland formed the basis of his music. For years, the composer was on the road, listening to the folk’s songs and to their way of making music. The special rhythms and melodic articulation of folk music were an important source of inspiration for Bartók and decisively influenced his musical language, including the language that he used in the Concerto for Orchestra. “The title of this symphonic orchestral work finds its explanation in the soloistic treatment of individual instruments or sections of instruments,” Bartók wrote on the programme for the premiere. He composed the work in 1943, a commission from the Koussevitzky Foundation. At that time Bartók, who in 1940 had left his home country, threatened as it was by war and fascism, was living in American exile, terminally ill and in difficult material circumstances. The Boston premiere of the concerto delivered the disheartened composer one last major success.

https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/concert/23485

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Anoushka Shankar – Land Of Gold (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Anoushka Shankar – Land Of Gold (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 00:57:49 minutes | 629 MB | Genre: World
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | © Deutsche Grammophon

Land of Gold is Anoushka Shankars fervent response to the humanitarian trauma of displaced people fleeing conflict and poverty.

The virtuoso sitar player explores an expressive range, conveying an evocative journey infused with a message of enduring hope. With exquisite arrangements blending genres and musical collaborations, Land of Gold is a narrative communicated with conviction and poetic beauty.

Land of Gold originated in the context of the humanitarian plight of refugees. It coincided with the time when I had recently given birth to my second child. I was deeply troubled by the intense contrast between my ability to provide for my baby, and others who desperately wanted to provide the same security for their children but were unable to do so. Anoushka Shankar.

The narrative thread carried throughout the album evokes themes of disconnection, vulnerability and the underlying hope that persists in our darkest experiences. My instrument is the terrain in which I explore the gamut of emotional expression evoking shades of aggression, anger and tenderness, while incorporating elements of classical minimalism, jazz, electronica and Indian classical styles. Anoushka Shankar

Produced by Anoushka and her husband Joe Wright, whose film-making sensibilities helped to shape and add depth to the mood and energy of the album.

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