Sarabande (Remastered) Jon Lord
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With his legendary organ blues-rock sound, Deep Purple’s founder and soul, Jon Lord has influenced decades of rock music. He is with no doubt the pioneer of fusing rock and classical/baroque forms and became one of the most important composers of the last decades. Already during his early career as the keyboardist of legendary Hard Rock band Deep Purple, Lord found his passion for orchestral music. The love for both genres culminated in Lord’s Concerto for Group and Orchestra which he first performed together with Deep Purple in 1969 and which now marks one of the historic moments not only in rock music but music in general
Originally recorded in 1976, Sarabande is a return of Jon Lord to the era of Johann Sebastian Bach, who clearly was a big influence on the keyboardist’s whole career. Following the passion for classical music, Lord decided to name every track on the album after a dance title, following the theme of a baroque dance suite. Containing exclusively Lord’s own compositions, Sarabande definitely belongs to the highlights of Jon Lord’s impressive solo career.
Jon Lord, organ, Hammond, keyboards, synthesizers
The Philharmonia Hungarica Orchestra
Eberhard Schoener, conductor
Andy Summers, electric & classical guitars
Paul Karas, bass
Mark Nauseef, percussion
Pete York, drums, gong, sleigh bells, shaker
Jon Douglas Lord (born Leicester 9 June 1941, dead London 16 July 2012) was an English composer, Hammond organ and piano player.
He is recognised for his Hammond organ blues-rock sound and for his pioneering work in fusing rock and classical or baroque forms. He has most famously been a member of Deep Purple, as well as of Whitesnake, Paice, Ashton Lord, The Artwoods and Flower Pot Men.
In 1968, Lord co-founded Deep Purple. He and drummer Ian Paice were the only constant band members during the band's existence from 1968 to 1976 and from the reunion in 1984 until Lord's retirement in 2002.
One of his finest works was his composition Concerto for Group and Orchestra, which was performed at the Royal Albert Hall in 1969 with Deep Purple (Lord and Paice with guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, singer Ian Gillan and bass guitarist Roger Glover) and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
The concerto was revived for its 30th anniversary in 1999 with another performance at the Albert Hall, again performed by Deep Purple (Lord, Paice, Gillan, Glover and Steve Morse in place of Ritchie Blackmore) with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
After retiring from Deep Purple in 2002, Jon Lord has concentrated on a solo career of composing and touring. In 2008, he achieved success as a classical composer when his Durham Concerto entered the UK classical album charts.
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