Here`s a very nice concert review from a very long time ago. It is really incredible, and great, that this band are still as active as they could be in 2021. Listen to their last studio albums and be amazed by their musical superiority. Older, but still as good as they ever were.
“The gulf remains wide and unabridged.”
“Pop and classics just don’t mix… so the pop group had its fire steadily dampened.”
BUT I ENJOYED DEEP PURPLE’S EXPERIMENT
By Gordon Coxhill
THE above are just two quotes from reviews in our national Press which appeared the morning after the Deep Purple’s appearance with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at London’s Royal Albert Hall last Wednesday evening.
Now I don’t suppose there is much doubt that the two critics concerned have a far wider experience and understanding of classical than myself, but I do feel that they have somewhat missed the whole point of the exercise.
Music isn’t meant to work: it is to be listened to and enjoyed, to arouse emotion and to borrow a phrase from Shakespeare, soothe the savage breast.
Perhaps it is my own musical naivety, but Lord’s “Concerto For Group And Orchestra” was a resounding success, not only in my book, but also for the large crowds of youngsters and older folk present.
The work was in three movements — each one moving nearer to the ultimate goal, to make the final allegiance between group and orchestra.
One could make the criticism that the group were not asked to do very much, merely add gimmickry and pace to the orchestra. One could add that the RPO was forced to sacrifice a major part of its sustained “heaviness” in order to blend with the group.
There is probably more than a grain of truth in both arguments, but of far more significance was the fact that Jon Lord should be capable of producing music, the quality and technical neatness of which was so good, such a giant as Malcolm Arnold should not only be willing to provide the RPO, but get very excited about the whole project.
At the end of the opus, the audience went wild. It was an act of spontaneous pleasure, the like of which I haven’t witnessed since England won the World Cup. This wedding may not prove easiest to consumate, but take it from me, there’ll be no divorce!
Earlier, Malcolm Arnold conducted the orchestra in a performance of his 6th Symphony, which is dedicated to Charlie Parker, the jazz saxophonist, who was such an influence on Arnold in his formative years (not that those years are over by any means!).
It was light, enjoyable and satisfying, without a hint of being condescending, and was much appreciated by the audience. Deep Purple came on to close the first half, and played three lengthy numbers in the pop idiom, including their U.S. No. 1, “Hush.”
With Jon Lord, and not behind, are lead guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, Roger Glover on bass and drummer Ian Paice, whose solo during the Symphony was a sight and sound I hope to experience again ere long. It would be all too easy for the others to be overshadowed by the brilliance of their organist… if they weren’t so damned good themselves!
By the way, Marty Feldman, Shelley Burman and Julie Ege did a fine job of announcing the lucky programme numbers, and the young-help-the-old charity, Task Force are going to reap the financial benefit from the concert. I was more than happy to reap the aural delights.
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