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BEETHOVEN'S LAST NIGHT

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

 

Crossover Prog

3.68 | 111 ratings

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Greger
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5 stars TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA'S latest album "Beethoven's Last Night" is a real masterpiece. Their style is as always "rock-opera-musical" with big dramatic orchestrations and pompous arrangements. PAUL O'NEIL from SAVATAGE is the leading man behind TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA'S, and some of the SAVATAGE members are also participating in TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA'S. The participating musicians and vocalists are too many to mention here. The music is built up of both classical and heavy metal music perfectly integrated with each other.

The concept of the story is explained like this in the promo-sheet: "On a late night in 1827 Vienna, an exhausted LUDWIG VON BEETHOVEN sits slumped over his piano, having just completed his Tenth Symphony. This is to be his last night on earth Fate informs him. At the stroke of midnight, Mephistopheles appears to collect his soul. Faced with eternal damnation, a terrified BEETHOVEN stalls for time, claiming he has yet to finish his greatest work. But the Lord of Darkness has a bargain in min."

The musicians are technically skilled, all the vocalists have strong voices, the story is thrilling and the compositions are both complex and melodic. All in all this album have everything you can wish for in a rock opera. A must have in your record collection.

Greger | 5/5 |

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