This album “Romance” features Veena and Cello. Originally this music was composed for a dance group and was called“Living Tree”. Since this beautiful music is not available when the program ended, the team at String Temple Records revived it and relabeled the tracks to fit the theme of a love story!
- Pouring her Heart Out
- Joyful Conversations
- Sleepy Sweet Talks
- Did I Dream That
- No, it was True
- She is Content
- Should I say Yes
- Wedding Preparation
- Call to defend Country
- Keeping hope alive
- Will wait forever
- He is back
- Jubilant days are back
- Happily ever after
I listened to Narasimhan’s “Romance”. A hearing of the whole score reveals to me such a pleasant interplay of instruments and musical gestures! The whole feels delightfully light, suggesting that In India the course of true love can run smooth, with “Happily Ever After” at the end perhaps lightest of all. Yet there was also , to my ear, one powerfully dark moment supplied by the oboe timbre of the synthesizer in the eighth movement.
The visual cues—the quick movement summaries and the pictures of instruments (and sometimes players) at moments
when they were prominent, were also more helpful than any others I had seen before in a sound recording. So “Romance” has also been a kind of milestone in my musical education as well as a real listening pleasure.
Fred Shoup, Violinist, Musicologist & former manager of Rockville Chamber Players, Washington DC, U.S.A
I truly enjoyed listening to the music ” Romance” by Narasimhan and I have listened to some parts of it over and over again! The music itself is very expressive and each section sets a distinctive mood that I believe matches with the titles very well. However, the small pieces are all in perfect harmony with each other and I think that’s what makes this composition so unique and pleasant to listen to.
Nasim Moattar, Performing pianist, & Piano teacher, Los Angeles, U.S.A
You can see so many different colors and shapes of world music that Shri. V. S. Narasimhan has brought to the table, in a single production, whether it is Carnatic, Hindustani, Western, Contemporary as well as several other flavors you saw, which was blended into a seamless whole. Rather than sounding like a fruit salad where you can pick each thing separately; it is like a milkshake where everything has blended as one beautiful whole. And yet each piece had its own color, its own flavor and you could see also how beautifully the instrumentation also was, how wonderfully each instrument actually came through and stands out larger than life! That even a raga like Surati can be synthesized on a harp and what kind of flavor you can get out of that!
Chitravina N. Ravikiran