Editors’ Notes With this remarkable album, Sri Lankan pianist Shani Diluka reveals common ground between Beethoven and traditional Indian music. Beethoven was captivated, says Diluka, by 1816 German translations of ancient Hindi scriptures, the Upanishads, and explored in his music similar philosophical thoughts on humankind and the cosmos. This fascinating dialogue between East and West is deftly, beautifully achieved. The opening of Beethoven’s “Moonlight” and “Appassionata” sonatas emerge, seemingly organically, from the swirling mists of the sitar, while final bars in the second movement of “Moonlight” are peppered with tabla. The second, variation movement of the “Appassionata” is astonishing, as Indian instruments and piano alternate and intermingle, the sonata’s final moments a riotous cultural blend that feels wholly natural.

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Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27 No. 2, "Moonlight": I. Adagio sostenuto (With Alaap in Raag Jaunpuri Introduction) [feat. Mehboob Nadeem]
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7:46
 
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27 No. 2, "Moonlight": II. Allegretto (With Alaap and Gat in Raag Darbari Introduction) [feat. Mehboob Nadeem & Mitel Purohit]
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8:07
 
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27 No. 2, "Moonlight": III. Presto agitato (With Alaap and Gat in Raag Shyam Kalyan Introduction) [feat. Mehboob Nadeem & Mitel Purohit]
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11:46
 
Alaap & Gat in Raag Bihaag (feat. Mehboob Nadeem & Mitel Purohit)
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4:42
 
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57, "Appassionata": I. Allegro assai
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10:30
 
Alaap and Gat in Raag Tilak Kamod (feat. Mehboob Nadeem & Mitel Purohit)
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5:06
 
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57, "Appassionata": II. Andante con moto (With Sitar Variation Alaap in Raag Kirwani - Tabla Variation - Raag Madhuvanti Transition) [feat. Mehboob Nadeem & Mitel Purohit]
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10:37
 
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57, "Appassionata": III. Allegro, ma non troppo (Coda with Piano, Sitar and Tabla) [feat. Mehboob Nadeem & Mitel Purohit]
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7:55
 

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