Yo-Yo Ma & Silk Road Ensemble
Beyond the HorizonSony Masterworks
Release Date: April 5, 2005
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3 Distant Green Valley
4 Akhalqalaqi Dance
5 Echoes of A Lost City
6 Mountains Are Far Away
8 Battle Remembered
9 Summer In the High Grassland
10 Kor Arab
12 Night At the Caravanserai
13 Gallop Of A Thousand Horses
15 Sacred Cloud Music
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Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble continue to explore the musical cultures that flourished along the Silk Road – the ancient trade route between China and the West – with their latest recording for Sony Classical, entitled Silk Road Journeys: Beyond the Horizon. The recording will be released just as the performers embark on a brief tour of major U.S. cities. Silk Road Journeys: Beyond the Horizon will be released on Tuesday, April 5, 2005.
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