Several rock bands merged with classical music, either in melodic lines or even performing together with an orchestra, so today we give you the list here of 5 Of The Most Majestic Orchestral Rock Albums Ever Made.
Deep Purple – Concerto for Group and Orchestra
One band that used the orchestra at certain times in their career was Deep Purple, both in 1969 when Jon Lord (keyboardist) composed the “Concerto for Band and Orchestra” which had an incredible performance with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and in 2011 with the Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt at Live at Montreux, but none of these performances will be my nomination, but rather the excellent performance at the Royal Albert Hall in 2000 with the London Symphony Orchestra, where even Ronnie James Dio had a guest appearance.
Yes – Symphonic Live
Another of the bands that succeeded to collaborate with a symphony orchestra at the same time as Deep Purple was Yes. However, it was necessary to wait until the 2000s to be recorded as an album. In 2001, the band traveled the world with their Yes Symphonic Tour and took advantage of a stop in Holland to play with the European Festival Orchestra and record a live album.
Metallica – S&M
When Metallica, in 1999 and still at the height of their popularity, teamed up with Michael Kamen and the San Francisco Symphony to play some of their most iconic themes, some fans, and purists – both classical and heavy metal music – turned up their noses. . The idea of having symphonic arrangements for their songs has been around for some time, thanks to the passion that Cliff Burton – the band’s original epic bassist – had for classical music. As Deep Purple’s Concerto for Group and Orchestra is also one of drummer Lars Ulrich’s favorite records, it was inevitable that the band would go down this path.
Roger Waters – The Wall: Live in Berlin
The Wall – Live in Berlin was a live concert of Pink Floyd’s studio album The Wall, held in Berlin, Germany, on July 21, 1990, to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall eight months earlier. A live album of the concert was released in September 1990. A video of the concert was also released. A concert of epic magnitudes with which rock stars definitively ended the cultural separation not only of the two existing Germanies at that time, but also of the two economic blocs that reigned at that time. Promoted by Roger Waters and with the participation of stars such as Van Morrison, Scorpions, Ute Lemper, Marianne Faithfull, The Band, Cyndi Lauper, and Bryan Adams, it was held to support the then-called Memorial Fund For Disaster Relief, a foundation created to partially alleviate the impact of any war or natural disaster, especially in Europe.
George Martin – Music For Montserrat 1997
On September 15, 1997, a charity mega-concert was held in London, organized by Sir George Martin, with all proceeds going to rebuild the small island of Montserrat, devastated by Hurricane Hugo in 1989, and tragically, after a few years, suffered a cycle of volcanic eruptions, which once again razed the place. Martin brought together Phil Collins, Carl Perkins, Sting, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, and Paul McCartney, as well as an orchestra and choir.
The legendary Beatles producer built the AIR Studios on the island, where several music stars recorded important albums.