Rag Sarasvatipriya, Rag Vasantapriya, Rag Sivapriya

Dr. Subramaniam is equally at home in the Western Classical tradition, in which he is well-know for his compositions for Zubin Mehta and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kirov Ballet and L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and in the South Indian Karnaric classical tradition. On his first recording for Nimbus he played the electric violin. Here he displays solo unaccompanied violin playing of a glittering beauty.


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"This CD defines tastes, intelligence, control, musicality, creativity, and performance excellence. Subramaniam's mastery is confirmed in these revelatory ragas, revelatory in the vision that they impart and also as a demonstration of his amazing ability. It's Dr. Subramaniam all alone. No tabla. No guest artists from the jazz world. Just solo violin against a gentle backdrop of tamboura. You hear see it all here. This CD clearly shows why he is one of the world's greatest violinists, regardless of category. A must for any serious listener of Indian music."- Anonymous

"One of the best albums featuring Carnatic music as defined and exposed by the Violin, of Dr L Subramaniam. The raga Vasantapriya ("Dear to Spring") is very close contextually to raga Vasantha ("Chettinadu Chinna Magane"). Beautifully rendered in brilliant style by the rebel, this is one of those CDs I'd never think about before recommending. Even a casual listener, one who may not have an iota of understanding of Music, per se, would be amazed by the depth, complexity, tonal beauty, language, and the dexterous handling of the difficult-to-master instrument of listening pleasure. That the raga Sarasvatipriya is not the same as raga Sarasvati, with a bit of modification in the Ragam Tanam Pallavi, as one goes through the entire stretch of the piece, would be obvious. But nobody minds - it's pure magic, performed by the best magician there is."- Anonymous

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