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#5: PT. Vijay Raghava Rao – In Concert – ‘Flute Classics’ – Six Traditional Compositions in Vocal Classical Style

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This is probably my favorite record in my modest collection of Indian music. I remember buying this blindly at Amoeba Hollywood with no doubt in my mind that it was going to be great. I had never really heard Indian flute music; most of the Indian music that I’d heard had the Sitar covering melodies. Perhaps it was the peacock feathers on the front that reassured me that this was going to be a worthwhile purchase. Growing up in an area rife with peacocks or “El Pavo Real”, I am attracted to art that involves them. But enough about Peacocks…

If you are at all a fan of Indian music, you will like this record. It contains six ragas all performed in front of a live audience and all featuring the master flute-work of Pt. Vijay Raghava Rao. Like most music of this kind it’s very mellow and good for meditating, relaxing, sexing or dreaming. I don’t really know what else to say about it, so, I will let other connoisseurs speak for me:

“No substitute for his flute…the complete master” – The Hindustan Times

“A volcano of creative expression” – The Indian Express

“His flute is an unending fountain of myriad melodies, always fresh, always original…” – The Patriot

“Creator of beautiful, wide and ethereal canvasses…” – The Deccan Herald

“20th Century Renaissance Genius..” – The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Intensely romantic…lyrical…extremely serene…” – Rave Magazine

“Innovator in the world of music.. a versatile genius.,” -The JS Magazine

“Seeker of truth through music. One of the greatest flautists of this world” – The Times of India

“Reflective music, refreshing and genuinely haunting” – The New York Times

“Awe inspiring. Freshness and finesse in every note. Marked by gay abandon, innovativeness and imaginative vitality” – The Statesman

“Suave tonicity, lyricism, rich melodic beauty” – The Listening Post

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PS. If anyone out there knows how to speak Hindi I would love to find out what these track titles mean.