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Beggars Opera


Symphonic Prog

3.65 | 195 ratings

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4 stars Edited 09/29/05!

Somehow I love this band still nowadays maybe because it's a very early love for me. I liked their music very much as a teenager and when I put it today every now and then into my player I still like it.

Okay let's come to their first work which is heavily influenced by classical music, but unlike with many other bands by the serious and heavy one more by the lighter operetta music, namely by the compositions of Austrian Franz von Suppé in the tracks "Poet And Peasant" and "The Light Cavalry". Their whole music is centred by Alan park's awesome organ play with a solid rhythmic basement. Both tracks are surely not very complex, well it's light classical music arranged for rock, but nevertheless they're offering plenty of variability. Rest of the songs are no classical arrangements but still sounding very much influenced by classical music. On "Passacaglia" there's a nice contrast between the organ dominated first and last parts and the relatively heavy guitar-driven middle one.

Beggars Opera's music might sound dated nowadays to some (especially younger) ears. I'd like to express it in a positive way, it possesses some nostalgic charming and moreover it lacks the usual bombastic and pathetic features of some other kind of classical inspired music. For me worth 4 1/2 stars!

hdfisch | 4/5 |


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