Shankar’s Sukanya


Made in Lithuania

2 audio CDs

© 2020 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd.

℗ 2017 BBC.

Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London, on 19 May

Publisher: Anourag Music

Recording producer: Jonathan Manners (BBC)

Post-production and mastering: Mark Rogers

Score posthumously completed by David Murphy. Libretto by Amit Chaudhuri.
The production was originally developed and directed for the stage by Suba
Das for Curve Leicester, The Royal Opera and London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Total playing time: 88:34

Released: 10 January 2020

Single Released: 6 December 2019

CD: Shankar’s Sukanya

Ravi Shankar Sukanya

Njabulo Madlala Aswini Twin
Michel De Souza Aswini Twin
Susanna Hurrell Princess Sukanya
Keel Watson King Sharyaati
Eleanor Minney Sukanya’s Friend
Alok Kumar Chyavana
M Balachandar mridangam and konnakol
Rajkumar Misra tabla
Parimal Sadaphal sitar
Ashwani Shankar shehnai
Pirashanna Thevarajah ghatam, morsing and konnakol
BBC Singers
David Murphy conductor
London Philharmonic Orchestra 
Vesselin Gellev leader

This live performance is a rare piece of musical history, a recording of the world premiere production of Ravi Shankar’s only opera, Sukanya. Based on a tale from the Mahābhārata, and seamlessly blending Indian and European musical traditions, Shankar weaves a love sory which transcends time, bringing to life the elderly sage Chyavana and his young wife, the princess Sukanya. The London Philharmonic Orchestra performs alongside masters of traditional Indian instruments in this extraordinary work which is truly born of two worlds.

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