Joshi, Bhimsen (Khyal Vocal)

Swaradhiraj 5 - Ragas Jogkauns, Bageshri Kanada

Bharat Kamat (Tabla)

ID: NRCD 0210

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Der große Khyal-Sänger Bhimsen Joshi begann seine Konzertkarriere im Alter von 19 Jahren. Heute, mit 85, hat er aus gesundheitlichen Gründen aufgehört zu konzertieren. Die Swardhiraj-Reihe ist ein Rückblick auf sein künstlerisches Lebenswerk. Die beiden Ragas Jogkauns und Bageshri Kanada auf dieser CD stammen von zwei verschiedenen Konzerten 1986. Beide sind Ragas für die späte Nacht und Kombinationen anderer Abend- und Nachtragas: Jogkauns ist die Verbindung von Jog und Malkauns, und Bageshri Kanada eine Mischung von Bageshri und Darbari-Kanada. Beide Rags werden von Bhimsen Joshi mit voller Authorität in seinem unverwechselbar eigenen Stil interpretiert.

Bhimsen Joshi (1922 - 2011) was one of the greatest Indian vocalists of the second half of the 20th century. He was known for the khyal form of singing, as well as for his popular renditions of devotional bhajans and abhangs. He received the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour, in 2008.

Bhimsen Joshi learnt from Sawai Gandharva as a teenager and started performing in 1941. He was known for his powerful voice, amazing breath control, fine musical sensibility and unwavering grasp of the fundamentals, representing a subtle fusion of intelligence and passion that imparted life and excitement to his music. A classicist by training, and temperament, Bhimsen Joshi was renowned for having evolved an approach that sought to achieve a balance between traditional values and mass-culture tastes. His singing was based on the repertoire of the Kirana gharana and has been influenced by many musicians, including Kesarbai Kerkar, Begum Akhtar and Amir Khan. Joshi assimilated into his own singing various elements that he liked in different musical styles and Gharanas. He was a purist who has not dabbled in experimental forms of music, except for a series of Jugalbandi recordings with the Carnatic singer M. Balamuralikrishna.