Magazine article New Internationalist

You've Stolen My Heart

Magazine article New Internationalist

You've Stolen My Heart

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You've Stolen My Heart

by The Krones Quartet and Asha Bhosle (Nonesuch 79856 CD)

Let it never be said that The Kronos Quartet lack the gift of surprise - even after 32 years, most of them spent at the cutting edge of modern classical music. So prepare to be stunned by their collaboration with Bollywood diva Asha Bhosle and - an elephant.

It is possible that the elephant trumpeting its way through 'Nodir Pare Uttchhe Dhnoa' (Smoke Rises from the River) wasn't recorded mid-stampede, but that doesn't make You've Stolen My Heart any the less a jaw-droppingly risky album.

Commerce and high art rarely mix. However, this 12-track homage to the Indian 'filmi' music of RD Burman finds new ground. A collection of songs and instrumentais from Bollywood, it also has - it has to have - Asha Bhosle. …

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