Saturday, February 7, 2009

The Queen Symphony

Several months ago when I was enjoying my therapy session (othewise known as some Classic FM to accompany whatever I'm currently browsing, reading or writing) I first heard the amazing 5th movement of the Queen Symphony. I was moved, amazed, had to stop and close my eyes to truly appreciate the sounds coming out of my computer.

I was determined to have it.

Enter reason #???? why I love Amazon. They had it.

I got this just after school started, immediately took it up to put it on my computer at school where I have enjoyed it often and left the disc there for some time because I just didn't remember that I didn't want it there (I know some of you know what I'm talking about). Then, yesterday, when I was playing "Organize My Life" I found it, brought it home and have had the amazing music blasting from my bedroom all morning.

Here's what you need to know. Tolga Kashif was commissioned by EMI Classics to take the music of Queen and create a symphony. I know, it sounds like it's going to be fully orchestrated elevator music, but it's not. The general sound is similar to Russian composers like Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff (my all time favorite) but then in the 4th movement I always think of Gershwin.

The melodies that are integrated into this symphony are from Radio Gaga, The Show Must Go On, I Was Born to Love You, One Vision, Love of my Life, Another Bites the Dust, Killer Queen, Who Wants to Live Forever, Bicycle Race, Save Me, Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You, and We Are the Champions. It is truly amazing. If you love Queen, big boisterous symphonies, or even better, both, I promise you will have a short love affair with this album.

Interested? Listen to samples here.


Charlotte said...

Hmmm, I like Queen and love symphnies. Eric likes symphonies and loves Queen.

This could be just the ticket for us!

Harmony said...

We checked some of this out on YouTube and decided we may have to place an Amazon order as well. Thanks for the tip.

Janyece said...

It sounds amazing! I love amazon! I'm definitely going to add this to my wish list. Thanks!

Janet S. said...

Your father-in-law and I would like to hear this some day soon. We are intrigued by your enthusiasm.