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Yngwie Malmsteen - Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra in E Flat Minor Op. 1 CD (album) cover


Yngwie Malmsteen


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4 stars I always think that this album, which is a concerto with Yngwie plays electric guitar as soloist, accompanied by Czech Philharmonic orchestra - is kind of his long term ambitions or even dream. Unlike the other well known blending of rock and classical genres like Deep Purple's Concerto for Group and Orchestra or Rick Wakeman's Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Yngwie plays all the soloist part, with mainly electric guitar (there are 2 tracks with acoustic guitar) with orchestration.

It will be more appropriate to have an overall feel of the concerto, rather than review each of the tracks. I think YJM did a great work in building the entire composition. From grand opening, slower movement between faster ones and the great staging to the ending. YJM uses many phrases from his song catalogue and arranges them to fit in particular movement in the composition. Some of well known pieces are from 'Icarus Dream' (1984 Rising Force), 'Eclipse' and 'Demon Driver' (1990 Eclipse) and 'Liar' (1986 Trilogy).

There are many remarkable moments in the concerto. The opening of the concerto 'Icarus Dream Fanfare' is a glorious start. Yngwie strips down the 'adagio in G-minor' part and uses the middle part as the fanfare (what a nice twist). The end part 'Presto Vivace' and 'Finale' are among best and most passionate part of the concerto.

This is a unique, great album from a guitar virtuoso. A showcase to not only his playing technique but also capability in composing an orchestration that unifies the heavy metal and classical music.

Mark-P | 4/5 |


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