Nice to see a Keneally fan here. Mike did a great job on this project. Superb music!
The Steve Howe Album
Terry Bozzio-Chamber Works
Alice Coltrane-Universal Consciousness
Bela Fleck-Triple Concerto
Frank Zappa-200 Motels, Orchestral Favorites
John McLaughlin-Mediterranean Concerto, Thieves And Poets
Not a recording, but it was a nice spotlight for orchestral music on an otherwise typically pop venue when Foo Fighters auditioned and featured a young orchestra to accompany them on the 2008 Grammy Awards on "The Pretender." The orchestra was conducted by John Paul Jones of Them Crooked Vultures and Led Zeppelin and selected through a YouTube audition contest.
Orchestra starts playing approx 4:43.
Ann Marie Calhoun, violinist, was chosen as the featured soloist. Before and especially after this performance she has been playing for and touring with various rock acts such as Jethro Tull, Steve Vai, Bon Jovi, and Ringo Starr. As a teenager she was a youth fellow with the National Symphony orchestra, and graduated from the University of Virginia in 2001 with a double major in biology and music.
I dont find it to functionate eather. I am a big prog rock fan, and a lot of prog rock is inspired by classical music. But when they try to lean on it, it almost always fail. Elp`s pictures of an exebition dont lean on it, but making rock music on its own terms, but heavily classic influated.
The dutch FOKUS have some great music. But sometimes they try to copy, or lean on classical music to much. I dont like that.
But all music is influenced by other music, so trying to dismiss some acts because they are classical influented, and say: "They will never reach up" is snobbery. It is different art forms. Classical music has taken a lot from folk music for example. It is snobbery to say that when classical music takes influences from folk, it is "lifting it up to pure art" and when rock takes from classic.... "they can never compete with the origin"...
This is just some thoughts, and I dont know if I am outside the topic.
My favourite prog rock album, Foxtrot by genesis, Is a pure rock album, but heavily influented by classical music, and at conserts, wery influented from oscure theathre and opera.
Listen to "Suppers ready"!! This is a fabulous work, purely on (art)rocks permissions, but heavily influated from a lot of styles.