Jon Lord - Concerto For Group And Orchestra
It seems somehow fitting that Jon Lord's swansong is a fully furnished studio version of his opus Concerto For Group And Orchestra. Some 43 years (almost to the day) after its first performance with Deep Purple at the Royal Albert Hall, this is an all-star cast with the likes of Bruce Dickinson, Joe Bonamassa and Steve Morse lending their veritable talents in joining the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestra for this meticulous recreation of Lord's revolutionary work.
The three-movement work shows off the love Jon Lord had of romantic era music, in particular Sibelius and Tchaikovsky, and as such the more classical passages fail to go beyond pure homage. The problem with this now being put together in a studio is the lack of interaction between the orchestra and the band, sounding more like a battle between the two opposing styles rather than a meshing. But the crispness and sweetness of the sound ensures that this version of Concerto For Group And Orchestra is a worthy testament to the legacy of this child in time.