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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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3 stars Classical music with electric guitar

Yngwie Malmsteen's Concerto Suite For Electric Guitar And Orchestra In E Flat Minor Op. 1 is pretty much exactly what the title says - lots of electric guitar over a full symphony orchestra. I don't know of anything else like it and I must say that it is very successful indeed taken for what it is. This is certainly one of Malmsteen's most adventurous projects, but it has nothing to do with Prog as such. It might indeed be thought to be "progressive" in some sense of that word, but there is no Rock here whatsoever. There are no drums, no bass, no keyboards, no vocals - this is pure Classical music, albeit with electric (and some acoustic) guitar. It might leave some of Malmsteen's traditional fans bewildered, but those who had dismissed him before might be even more bewildered and, dare I say, very much impressed!

This is certainly not the Malmsteen album that I would recommend the most, but Prog fans with a taste for Classical music should definitely check this out. It is not the type of thing I would normally like, but I have to admit that this is high quality music and I enjoy listening to it. As I have emphasized above, this is not Rock music. But there is some of that same passion and fire that can be found on Malmsteen's better Rock albums.


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