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Seven: A Suite for Orchestra

Tony Banks , Mike Dixon , London Philharmonic Orchestra Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Seven - A Suite for Orchestra: Spring Tide10:14Album Only
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listen  7. Seven - A Suite for Orchestra: The Spirit of Gravity11:33Album Only

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  • Performer: Tony Banks, Mike Dixon, London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Audio CD (April 20, 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0001M0A4I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,606 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Famous for his role as keyboard player in the progressive rock band Genesis, Tony Banks has always been fascinated by the idea of writing orchestral music. Five of the seven pieces in this orchestral suite were written specifically for the Seven project;

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Orchestral Work by an Excellent Composer May 11, 2004
By Jerry
Format:Audio CD
The bridge between classical music and rock is littered with the wrecks of well-intentioned hybrid works that unfortunately end up somewhere in the middle ground between both genres. Often, orchestras will play "the music of . . ." rock acts such as the Rolling Stones, or rock artists themselves will try their hand at composing pieces for an orchestra. Too often the former ends up sounding like muzak and the latter ends up being largely arranged and orchestrated by others with dubious results. In the end, most fail to engage the listener musically.
Looking at this past history, it is a brave person who seeks to cross the path between these worlds. Seven: A Suite for Orchestra, though, stands out as a prime exception to the general rule. Composer Tony Banks is perhaps best known for his writing and keyboard playing with the progressive rock group Genesis over the last three decades. Seven is his first full orchestral album, and represents the best example of a rock artist crossing over into classical thus far. Generally, there are several reasons why this work succeeds. Banks' compositions have always favored more complex musical structures that lend themselves to expansion with an orchestra, compared with normal pedestrian three-chord rock structures. Many of Banks' previous compositions were laden with classical influences such as Rachmaninov and Ravel. Additionally, as Banks explains in the notes accompanying the album, he wrote and arranged the pieces himself and minimally used an orchestrator, Simon Hale. The pieces were written for an orchestra, and are not rock compositions later adapted by an independent arranger. Banks had previously done orchestral music for the film entitled The Wicked Lady in 1983, and instrumental music for several film scores thereafter.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Banks Shows His Stuff June 25, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I've followed Tony Banks' music for a long time now - except for the dismal 80's Genesis - and I wasn't prepared to give Seven more than a cursory listen and say "very nice." And to be honest, that's how I approached this music. The last Tony Banks music I honestly liked was on his first solo album back in 1979. But, as I listened to Seven, I heard more than I anticipated, and eventually, this music grew on me. I have to say now, that despite the long and rather spotty - to be charitable - record of English rock musicians writing for orchestras (Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman, Jon Lord, Yes, Pink Floyd, Moody Blues, etc) that Banks transcends his past and with his suite creates mature music in the vein of Ralph Vaughn Williams and Edward Elgar.
In his notes, Banks says that he didn't want to create a typical piece with a rock plays soloing over an orchestral backing. Rather, he wants to write integrated orchestral works with their own structure and internal logic. This Banks does with more elan than I thought possible. The energy, melodies, and orchestration of this music is impressive and irrespressible.
The first piece, Spring Tide, gushes forward, a torrent of music that sets the tone for the rest of the suite, a series of pastoral mediations which have always been at the heart of his music.
The more I listened to this music, the more I liked it, until now, when I play this album, I find myself hearing all the things I loved about Banks's work with Genesis, but now, thoughtfully recast into the tradition of English orchestral composers and not King Crimson.
I can heartily recommend this music to any long-time Genesis fan, or even to classical music lovers. I hope that Tony Banks will continue writing more orchestral work.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tony Banks Of Genesis: Classical Composer! May 22, 2004
Format:Audio CD
"Seven: A Suite For Orchestra" is the debut classical album by the one-and-only Tony Banks, the keyboard player for Genesis, and it consists of five pieces that Tony wrote specifically for the album, plus two older pieces Tony had lying around that hadn't found a home yet. It's performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Mike Dixon, with Tony chipping in here & there on piano. And it is absolutely gorgeous music. It's impossible for me to single out a single track. All I can tell you is that this music is breathtakingly beautiful. And if you're familiar with Tony's work in Genesis---and bonus points are awarded to you if you know his solo material as well---you will *instantly* recognize the powerful melodies, moods, and musical nuances that couldn't be written by anyone else but Tony Banks. And, being released on the Naxos budget label, the price of this CD is practically a steal, so you're definitely getting a GREAT deal in purchasing it. I know that Tony had this classical album in the pipeline for many years, and, as a longtime fan, I wondered if it would *ever* be released. But here it is at last, and I can happily say to you that it was so worth the wait. With "Seven: A Suite For Orchestra," Tony Banks takes a brilliant first step as a classical composer, and I'd love to hear more. It's a beautiful classical album, and I can't recommend it highly enough. Congratulations, Tony!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Jorney April 20, 2004
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This is another effort solo from Tony Banks, Keyboardist of Genesis, and his first on the classical world. A great record. This music travel around the emotional melody, a Bank's trade mark. But you can listen also some old Genesis melodies tunes, played marvelous by the Philharmonic London Orchestra, conduct by Mike Dixon. Tony Banks had this experience before with the release of Wicked Lady (1983). By that time, he did record some tunes by himself and It was played by an Orchestra with their own production. Seven is different. It got Tony's production, arrengment, composition and he also plays a classical piano. This is a fantastic jorney for a Rock and Roll Music fan and a must buy for the classical world.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Seven In One
Tony Banks had been a member of the hugely successful British progressive rock band Genesis, but sometimes found his talents overshadowed by the two soon-to-be superstars that led... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Erik North
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply outstanding
One can just listen to this over and over and over. How exciting to encounter a superb new composer, at least to me. Read more
Published 15 months ago by dj
4.0 out of 5 stars Genesis keyboard man goes classical
I thoroughly enjoyed this record from the man who played keyboard for progressive rock band Genesis, and who many of their fans consider to have been the primary musical genius in... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Bob Hastings
3.0 out of 5 stars Hey its Banks
I was pleased to have found this Cd, another Tony Banks. I was excited to experience a more straight forward symphonic work by him. Read more
Published on April 6, 2012 by Dan Cram Olsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for a freshman effort.
I love Tony Banks' work in general and this too is high quality, though it's not really that innovative from a classical music perspective. Read more
Published on September 15, 2011 by Moral Hazard
5.0 out of 5 stars Classical music for a modern music audience
It's rare to have a rock musician have a soild knowledge of classical music. It's even rarer to have a classical musician who has a depth of understanding of what music people... Read more
Published on April 17, 2010 by Elizabeth
3.0 out of 5 stars ...And What Exactly Is Wrong With A Good String Synthesizer Anyway..?
Keyboardist Tony Banks' (b. 1950) recordings, whether with Genesis or the half-dozen or so solo albums he's done over the last 30 years, have been both praised for their influence... Read more
Published on August 3, 2009 by Robert Greiveldinger
1.0 out of 5 stars Amorphous noodling from a pretentious prog rocker
I loved Genesis back in the day. I heard one of the pieces from this cd tonight on the local classical station. Earthlight. Read more
Published on October 12, 2008 by Knox Bronson
4.0 out of 5 stars A promising start
It was inevitable that Tony Banks would 'go classic' one day. After all, he had had some classical training before turning into a rock musician, and his keyboard work for Genesis... Read more
Published on January 29, 2008 by P. Schlingemann
5.0 out of 5 stars Tony Banks...Symphonic Beauty
Tony Banks is a master of prog rock orchestration and on this lovely CD proves that his mastery of composition extends to the symphonic form. Read more
Published on November 12, 2007 by Stephen Vivona
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