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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Steve HackettAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Steve Hackett abandoned his plans for a career as a harmonica player when he joined Genesis in late 1971. With Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks, he enjoyed phenomenal success, with 1973’s Selling England By The Pound and 1974’s concept album The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway gaining “Classic Album” status. Phil Collins moved from behind the drum ... Read more in Amazon's Steve Hackett Store

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  • Audio CD (April 1, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Angel Records / EMI
  • ASIN: B000002SML
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,816 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Palace Of Theseus
2. A Form In Wax
3. By Paved Fountain
4. Titania
5. Set Your Heart At Rest
6. Oberon
7. Within This Wood
8. In the Beached Margent Of The Sea
9. Between The Cold Moon And The Earth
10. Puck
11. Helena
12. Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Moth & Mustardseed
13. Mountains Turned Into Clouds
14. The Lunatic, The Lover & The Poet
15. Starlight
16. Lysander And Demetrius
17. Celebration
18. All Is Mended

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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite classical work by a "rock" musician June 12, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Steve Hackett's MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM is a lengthy suite for guitar and orchestra. I'd call it a ballet - and it's easy to imagine it being danced. The overall sound is decidedly Romantic, with a mix of influences: a lot of mid-nineteenth century classical guitar music; twentieth-century Segovia repertoire such as Ponce, Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Villa-Lobos; impressionistic Genesis, and some Bach. Given Steve's extraordinary gift for melody, the result is magical.

I'm surprised but not shocked by Hackett's proficiency with the classical guitar. His tone is warm and pleasing - a short nail sound. He doesn't yank at the strings as might be expected. His rhythm is sure, scales quick, voices clearly articulated, tremeloes fast and even, harmonics bright and... wow, what a vibrato! Only the arpeggios are a little uneven, although most are very good.

There are 18 segments/tracks to this "ballet". Tracks 3-7, 10, and 18 are guitar solo. Tracks 1, 2, 8, 9, 11, 12 and 14-17 are Steve with the orchestra. In track 17, "Celebration", all are joined by a pipe organ. Only track 13, "Mountains Turned into Clouds", is exclusively orchestra. ALL of these segments are admirable composition beautifully and sensitively performed. My own favorite segment is track 15, "Starlight", which sounds like Humperdinck (German composer Engelbert Humperdinck, the REAL one!) mixed with Bach. It's such a sweet romantic melody, I could believe Christopher Parkening would enjoy playing it. Track 3, "By Paved Fountain" is a lovely tremelo piece. "Celebration" is wonderful, too and Steve's accompaniment reminds me of that in the Giuliani 1st Guitar Concerto.

I should say I'm usually unimpressed by rock guitarists' attempts at classical guitar, but Steve Hackett is not just a rock guitarist; he's a GUITARIST... and a great musician.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steve Hackett demonstrates why he is the man May 17, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
One of the most phenomenal classical albums I've ever heard. I never tire of it, particularly tracks 12+, which take on a profound, contemplative tone. I recommend this to anyone who appreciates excellence in songwriting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hackett's true colors June 10, 2010
Format:Audio CD
The extent of Steve Hackett's virtuosity on classical guitar is breathtaking, as well as his grasp of composition for the instrument. Arguably he is the most talented x-member of Genesis, it is no wonder that he was frustrated in the band. This music has the structure of a suite, with themes running through the entire work, and is the blend between the orchestra and the solo instrument is very well achieved. Steve made several other classical recordings, but this one seems to be his most glowing piece of work. A real delight!
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