Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Former Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord has revealed plans to release his "Concerto for Group and Orchestra," re-recorded by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and a selection of invited guests.
After more than 100 performances worldwide and numerous revisions, the new recording represents Jon’s definitive version of the masterpiece, which in 1969 pointed his career in a new direction and laid the foundation for an astounding musical reputation and career.
Guests and soloists include Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), Joe Bonamassa and Steve Morse, along with Jon’s ‘house singers’ Steve Balsamo and Kasia Laska.
The project was recorded at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall by Abbey Road Studio‘s crew.
The recording was conducted by Paul Mann, whose in-depth experience with the piece includes conducting its 30th anniversary resurrection at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 1999 and the ensuing world tour with Deep Purple.
Scheduled for release in September, the album will be accompanied by a specially filmed documentary.
Last summer, Lord announced that he was fighting cancer and would be taking a break from performing while getting treatment. Jon recently scheduled his first concert appearance since revealing his health news: a special performance of his 2008 release, the “Durham Concerto,” is set for July 6 in Hagen, Germany.
Lord celebrated his 71st birthday this past weekend.
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