"Westbrook's faithful and wonderfully good humored rendition of The Beatles' 1969 album 'ABBEY ROAD' underscores its music-hall whimsy and ravishing melodies. The Beatles purists I have played it for are as delighted as I am." Gary Giddins - Village Voice. "John Lennon, the most progressive of The Beatles, would have been delighted … a real adventure on the borderlines between pop and jazz." Manfred Schmidt - Stereo Magazine, Germany 'CD of the Month'. A quirky marriage of rock, vaudeville and jazz improvisation… Westbrook finds unexpected depths in over familiar songs.’ Clive Davis - The Times.
This disc introduces Yo-Yo Ma's latest and most ambitious adventure, the Silk Road Project. It explores the cultures that flourished along the Silk Road, the ancient trade route that for centuries connected Europe and the East. Founded by Ma in 1998, the project aims to create connections, mutual trust, and cultural interchange between people from different parts of the world through their only shared language: music. This recording includes music from Mongolia, China, Persia, Japan, Iran, Azerbaijan, and an improvisation on an Italian Renaissance street song, performed by musicians from all those countries, as well as America, on both Eastern and Western instruments. Ma, who participates in every piece either as soloist or part of the ensemble, plays cello and a Mongolian "horse-head fiddle." There is also a Mongolian soprano, who sings a traditional song native to her region.
International Master Herman Grooten presents a structured course on positional play aimed at amateur players and based around Steinitz's own elements of positional play. Structural elements such as strong squares, passed pawns, pawn islands and harmony & coordination are examined in 26 chapters, with illustrative examples and exercises in each chapter.