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Concerto for Group & Orchestra [Blu-ray]

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Jon Lord always wanted a studio recording of the concerto. He finalized his very last mission - the first and only studio recording of the famous Concerto For Group And Orchestra.

Lord assembled guest musicians such as Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson, Joe Bonamassa and Steve Morse in the Abbey Road Studios, to work with his trusted partner, director Paul Mann, on the 2012 version of the legendary concert.

The studio recording of Concerto For Group And Orchestra will now become Jon Lord's legacy for generations to come.
Jon passes from darkness to light says the sober announcement from his family.
This album is a joyful testament of a great musician and fantastic man.

Following the huge demand of the fans, the Concerto now will be made available on a Blu-ray + CD edition, which also includes, the making of as well as in depth interviews with Paul Mann and Marco de Goeij. Exclusive to this format is the new behind the scenes documentary, Up Close & Personal (Orchestral Recording Sessions) which gives an interesting insight into the work of Jon Lord and the orchestra.

Track Listing:

BLU-RAY:
1. The Making of Concerto For Group And Orchestra

Bonus:
- Interview with Conductor Paul Mann
- Interview with Marco de Goeij
- Up Close & Personal (Orchestral Recording Sessions) (exclusive to this format)
- Concerto For Group And Orchestra 5.1 Audio

CD:
1. Moderato - Allegro
2. Andante
3. Vivace Presto

Product Details

  • Actors: Jon Lord
  • Directors: Jon Lord
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 3, 2013
  • Run Time: 175 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DPH7PVM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,990 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By JP on December 3, 2003
Format: DVD
I was starting my radio broadcasting career back in 1969. I was still a teenager at the time and was not a classical music fan, yet! When I first heard the Concerto on vinyl for the first time, I knew I had to have it and I eventually bought the CD when it became available. When Deep Purple came out with the 1999 Concerto at the Royal Albert Hall, I was very excited. What a concert! Steve Morse does a remarquable job. And then, the big surprise. The original concert on DVD!!! Goodness, can this be? Yes it's true and it's good. The sound is awsome considering the whole thing was recorded back in 1969. I give it 4 stars out of 5 because of the camera shots. The switcher was not familiar with the music because when Ritchie plays solo, the camera stays too long on somebody else.
Still a must have.
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When I bought this dvd I thought it was a complete concert.

Instead the whole dvd was only 52 min I have the concerto on cd

since 1998 when I Played this dvd they made cuts in the 1st movement and some of the drum solo in the 3rd movement There were NO CUTS in my cd. So this dvd is NOT 175 min as it says wait and hopefully there will be a reissue of the COMPLETE Concerto with no cuts and whatever there was with it. also I checked out the

newer cd version looked at some reviews and yep! there were cuts on that version will continue to listen to MY copy of the cd which is now out of print.
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By Keith Black on September 13, 2005
Format: DVD
Beautiful! THIS DVD release really made me do a 'double take'. For years & years of collecting LPs & older music on CDs I've SEEN the old "Concerto for Group & Orchestra" several times for [re]sale. I was SO surprised to find out that the "event" was even taped for TV!! I didn't even hesitate to get one! I just finished watching it tonight and I can't believe what I just saw. Ok, the "experimental approach" to Jon & Malcolm's performance isn't for the 'masses', but I would LOVE to read a review of THIS show by one of the 'thousands of people' who was THERE [in Albert Hall] that evening! I like D.P., right along side many other great bands that came out of the UK [circa 60s & 70s] which was STILL in MY opinion 'their BEST time'!

I don't care if this show HAS been 'shortened' for DVD [I don't think the other reviewer got his facts straight actually -- "175 minutes"?? THAT'S ACTUALLY 2 hours & 55 minutes man! C'mon!!] "52 minutes" for THIS SHOW sounds more "realistic". THe original LP release was the same! [Most LPs could only FIT around 20 minutes per side -- if anyone remembers LPs -- heh heh] Anyway, again, it's SO NICE to see these "original vintage" performances re-issued for today's viewing!
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The new EMI DVD is the third video release of the 1969 Concert film. Sadly it doesn't contain any more footage than either of its predecessors, but it is certainly worth buying again.

The Concerto was originally filmed by British Lion Films, and edited down to a 52 minute programme eventually broadcast by BBC2 in April 1970 as "The Best Of Both Worlds". This DVD is not taken from the 35mm film footage but is actually the edited television video master. Therefore it misses an orchestral chunk from the First Movement (just before Blackmore's guitar work out), and part of Paice's drum solo. The film masters (most probably complete) were unfortunately stored in colour separated reels, and as a consequence restoration was well beyond EMI's budget for the project. Still, let's look at what we have got..

Even though it's a little soft in places, the picture quality is actually very clear, a big improvement on the video tapes, though the format differences may account for a lot. What really hits you is the incredible sound quality, extremely sharp. For me it was like hearing and seeing the show for the first time, which is what I would want from any DVD of already familiar material. So rather than gathering snippets for a detailed review, I ended up just sitting back and becoming engrossed in the whole thing.

Having attended the 1999 Concerto, the differences between the two nights are striking. In 1969 the (mostly young) audience downstairs are standing, much as at Proms concerts, making for a very close atmosphere in the hall. The orchestra for the most part seem unimpressed by the view in front of them, both of the virtually unknown young band letting rip, and beyond them the tightly packed ranks of teenagers dancing to the rockier parts of the music.
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I had been searching for the CD version of the 1969 performance, but what I found instead was the DVD. I used to own it on vinyl in 1973, but it got stolen. This was very exciting to find and for the most part I am very pleased. But the video directing and editing was obviously done by people that had no foreknowledge of the piece nor the musicianship. Example: in the first movement, they skipped over an important part of the orchestra's perfomance. And during the guitar solo, the camera work focused not on the quickest guitar player ever, but rather on people on stage that weren't doing anything! If you've ever seen Blackmore live, you know what I'm talking about. So if anybody out there can find me an unchopped up version CD of this performance, please let me know.
I bought the 1999 version thru the mail thinking it was the 1969 version. It's O.K. but Steve Morse is not Blackmore.

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