This album presents different facets of Dr. Subramaniam's musical genius. It starts off with a powerful orchestral composition, moves on to a few serene pieces for solo violin and concludes with a Carnatic music composition.
"L Subramaniam is the best this listener has heard." - The New York Times
L Subramaniam, India's foremost violinist, orchestral composer and creator of the Global Fusion concept, is perhaps the greatest representative of Indian classical music today. He has performed/recorded with some of the greatest musicians of all times including Yehudi Menuhin, Stephane Grappelli, Herbie Hancock, Ali Akbar Khan, Ravi Shankar, George Harrison and Stevie Wonder. He has written/performed orchestral compositions with the New York Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Orchestra Nationale du Lille, among others.
This album presents different facets of Dr. Subramaniam's musical genius. It starts off with a powerful and inspiring orchestral composition of Dr. Subramaniam, moves on to a few serene pieces for solo violin and concludes with a Carnatic music composition of Saint Tyagaraja, one of the greatest composers of the Indian classical musical tradition. "Beyond" is a musical tribute to Prof. V Lakshminarayana (1911-1990), father and guru of Dr. Subramaniam.
Beyond is an orchestral composition is based on Raga Vasatapriya, which is a creation of Dr. Subramaniam. Vasantapriya is developed from the raga Vasanta, a derived scale of Suryakantam, one of the 72 parent scales of the Carnatic music tradition.
Composed as a musical tribute to the composer's father, Beyond begins and ends with perfect silence. Dr. Subramaniam wrote this work taking the best and most comparable elements from Indian Classical and Western music. The instruments used are electric violin, Indian percussion and Western ensemble (strings, percussion and woodwinds). The piece starts with solo violin passages using microtonal tonalities and Indian ornamentation (gamakas) leading into melodic themes played by Western instruments using implied harmony. There are also trade-offs between the soloist and different instruments in the ensemble. The piece ends with similar improvisational-like passages which are repeated from the opening statement. There are some typical Indian rhythmic concepts incorporated into the composition.
This composition was recorded with the Contrechamps Ensemble, conducted by Maestro Giorgio Bernasconi, and was specially composed for the Swiss Festival in India (1991).
Tracks 2 & 3
Weeping Soul and Wandering Saint are slow, meditative pieces written by Dr. Subramaniam for solo violin. He performs these compositions with just a tambura (traditional drone instrument) in the background.
Tyagaraja's kriti (South Indian classical composition) Bhajana Seyave is in the raga Kalyani (Tonic, Major Second, Major Third, Augmented Fourth, Perfect Fifth, Major Sixth and Major Seventh) set to a 3 beat cycle of Rupaka Tala. This composition features Prof. V. Lakshminarayana and Dr. L. Subramaniam (violin), Ramnad V Raghavan (mridangam),
T H Subashchandran (ghatam) and Viji Subramaniam (tambura).
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