Ratings and Reviews
Ali Akbar Khan, Signature Series Vol. 4
This one of the great recordings by Ali Akbar Khan, one of the greatest Sarod Players of all time (second only to his father, Ustad Allauddin Khan, the teacher of some the greatest musicians of India, including Ravi Shanker). Nikhil Banerjee, the accompanist is also very well known and is also a student of Ustad Allauddin Khan. They have known each other a long time and played together for years. I had an occasion to hear Ustad Ali Akbar Khan play Raga Mishra Mand at the University of Minnesota a long time back (in the 1960s). The memory of that concert and this particular Raga is still fresh (40 years later). That is how powerful his mastery is and how remarkable this recording is.
A desert island disc: Magnificent
The artists are probably the two greatest classical Indian musicians of the past generation. This recording represents some of their very best work. I know of no other duet recordings from this pair, but I have a couple of dozen of their solo recordings. None of the the solo recordings contains the wonderful mix of joyfulness, technical skill, and playfulness of these magnificent duets. Both Khan and Banerjee made many wonderful recordings as soloists, but the excitement of these duets has never (in my hearing) been surpassed.
Totally love it, two maestros in their best form. Wish they had more such albums.