ANOUSHKA SHANKAR - HOME 4794785

There is an intimate warmth and bloom about this classical sitar album, which is largely thanks to Anoushka Shankar's sublime playing, but is also due to the beautiful sound quality. . . ["Raga Jogtshwad"]: In the slow opening "alap" there's a tangible feeling of the warm evening air, scents and heightened emotions. It's something to bask and revel in . . . [on "tabla" Shankar is joined by Tanmoy Bose, who] plays a gentle and un-showy seven-beat rupaktaal. Even when it gets elegantly nimble towards the end, it feels like a performance among friends, rather than a display . . . "Khamaj" is thought of as a sensual raga and she brings out its arabesque-like qualities with delicate tracery in a shimmering conclusion.

What a pleasure: A formal North Indian classical record from the sometimes crossover-minded sitarist, exploring late-evening Raga Jogeshwari -- one of her late father Ravi's compositions. A return home in more ways than one.