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Best of Silk Road

Best of Silk Road Tracks
1. Theme From Silk Road
2. Bell Tower
3. Flying Celestial Nymphs
4. Mirage
5. Linden
6. 40800
7. Takla Makan Desert
8. Lord Of Wind
9. Caravansary
10. Moon-Star
11. Pray At Xian - (live) / Mercury=20
Kitaro - Best of Silk Road
Best of Silk Road Review
In 1980, few people knew about the Japanese synthesizer player named Kitaro. He'd released a few albums in Japan, but Silk Road was the album that put Kitaro on the map. Originally recorded as the soundtrack to a Japanese TV series about the trade route between Europe and China, Kitaro subsequently released it as a double LP. This disc contains some of the best themes from that recording as well as some other songs, including 1996’s "Flying Celestial Nymphs" and "Caravansary" featuring Yu-Xiao Guang’s delicately expressive lines performed on a native Chinese violin called the huquin. The Best of Silk Road concludes with two new pieces, "Pray at Xian/Mercury," nearly 18 minutes in length. They feature Kitaro on Native flute playing over gentle arpeggiations. Although these pieces do become tiresome in their repetition, the Japanese composer's melodic trade-offs with To-san on Chinese pipa are a serenely austere respite from Kitaro's often overly lush orchestrations. --John Diliberto
Best of Silk Road Review
Best of Silk Road blends Kitaro’s influences from traditional Japanese music and the romantic Western tradition with serene and seductive arrangements, gentle melodies and combination of lush, majestic textures. This CD features a previously unreleased version of the ‘Theme for Silk Road’ as well as ‘Pray at Xian/Mercury’, which was recorded live in Xian, China during Kitaro’s 2002 Silk Road tour.


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A good album. If you like the theme from The Silk Road, you could also purchase the original video of The Silk Road produced by NHK TV Japan. Kitaro's music is soothing and an excellent accessory to meditation.
Posted by Anonymous, on 2004-01-20