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Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra

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Guitar God Yngwie J. Malmsteen adds the title of "Guitar Maestro" to his resume in the magnificent "Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra". Filmed in 2001 with The New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Malmsteen melds his guitar prowess with some of the finest classical music composed in this concerto written by Yngwie.

This DVD has been a sought-after program by Yngwie’s American faithful for years, and is available for the first time in North America.


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Product Details

  • Actors: Yngwie Malmsteen
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Extra tracks, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
  • DVD Release Date: November 1, 2005
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AQKZ7C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,448 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Jeff Arenson on November 9, 2005
Format: DVD
Back in the mid 1980's, when Yngwie first burst onto the scene, Yngwie Malmsteen said that a dream of his was to compose a concerto for Electric Guitar and Orchestra. After hearing "Rising Force", I always thought that it would be great to hear "Black Star", "Far beyond the Sun" and "Icarus Dream Suite" played with the depth of an orchestra in the background instead of rock instruments. At the beginning of this millenium, the dream was realized with the release of "Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra" on CD. Now that same Suite is available on DVD. This is not a typical working of a rock band and orchestra which has been done by everyone from Elton John to Metallica. Yngwie wrote every note for every instrument and even for a full Choir. His understanding of music theory is far superior to any previous attempts at orchestra and rock.(Except for Keith Emerson) Proof of this can be heard on the "Black Star Overture" which features the orchestra playing melodies from 'Black Star' in an overture style. This really shows how Yngwie's classical style can stand out on its own without him playing over it. The Concerto Suite is aptly named as it doesn't follow the typical 3 movement format of a romantic period Concerto. Instead, this is a real classically styled Suite with an electric guitar replacing a violin. The Concerto Suite is divided into eleven parts. All of the parts have their own defined melodies and style. The Concerto Suite will not disappoint fans of Malmsteen's technique as all of the string skipping, Sweep Picking and alternate picking styles of Yngwie are played over some orchestrated melodies. The orchestration might not be on par with Bach, Vivaldi or someone of the actual Classical Era but it is far better than any Avante Garde period orchestration.Read more ›
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Well, it is not just a another guitar concerto, it is nothing short but out of this world performance. But is is even more then that. Malmsteen eventually found himself , he found his form, he freed his melodies from pointless rock noise and demonstrates what could be guitar music! For those who after watching it dare to say "the same leeks, the same scales": learn listen to great music, learn to discern and segregate.

This concert nailed Malmsteen as an indisputable genius and if would performed here in Chicago I would buy a ticket for not matter what price.

The orchestra sounds open, innovative , clear. The fascination by music permeates everything: from audience to singers. I think this DVD is a treasure it is a rare artifact of real musician who had found himself.

His guitar sounding not only leading but sometimes very lyric, the culture of voicing is enormous, every note, every lick, every intonation. Guitar has a different character that is difficult to unite with tonality and coloration of orchestra but what had been done here is plain unbelievable.

Malmsteen is not a "sportsman" he is musician I can't express enough of how amazing polyphony he created is.

Take this DVD, it is like nothing else, it is a milestone of genius, it is manifestation of ingenious great music. I'm absolutely fascinated and thrilled by it.
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Words that come to mind while experiencing this performance are fabulous, magnificent, breath-taking. A previous reviewer said this is out-of-this-world - it really is. Seeing Malmsteen's ability on electric guitar flowing so naturally with an orchestra makes one feel like it's a different world, a fairytale come true, which in some ways it is.

Yngwie's guitar playing fits perfectly into this situation, as does his guitar tone. It's an excellent example of a more sophisticated use of the electric guitar than in the typical rock context, and seems to fit so naturally that, after the novelty wears off, it feels like a wonderfully organic and graceful combination of new and old, and not in the slightest bit out of place.

Yngwie is often criticised for over-playing. In my opinion this is not the case on this DVD, with the exception of a couple of parts - I do not personally like his treatment of Albinoni's "Adagio", which is also strangely sloppy compared to the rest of the DVD. However, I think the problem some people have is that as soon as they see him playing quickly they think he's showing off, hence the "ego trip" comment from the bizarrely negative review some way below.

Face it - he has nothing to prove.

Instead, one should listen to the general feel of his playing and the wonderful textures produced by the flurries of notes - arpeggios cascade like waterfalls, his rapid lines sometimes stand out angry and aggressive and sometimes melt into the background supplying a general tonality to the rest of the orchestra. Playing without feeling? Rubbish.
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Yngwie Malmsteen plays like a Wild Beast possessed of Satan himself on Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra in E Flat Minor LIVE with the New Japan Philharmonic!! I cannot remember having witnessed such emotional and technical precision as I did on this DVD! Watching it, you are struck with images of seeing the unbelievable. Is this a man like myself, or a god? And if a man, how could he play so well? Surely he must've sold his soul to the Devil in order to play in this advanced manner. I've never seen such a mind boggling display of mastery over one's instrument. Nicolo Paginni himself would have a hard time keeping up with Yngwie this time around. Beginning with he Black Star Overture and then going through the entire Concerto score by memory including several bonus songs, with note-for-note perfection is such a joy to hear. It sounds so full and alive; soulful. Technically, the tone on his vintage Stratocaster is full and warm with plenty of sustain. The volume of his guitar blends in great with the orchestra and seems to get louder as the concert gets going. The orchestra is very good; they compliment Yngwie extremely well and never falter. This is so good that I wouldn't be surprised if it is shown on PBS one of these days. The only thing I didn't like was the tone of his acoustic guitar which he used on a couple of the songs. It has nylon strings and in my humble opinion, couldn't handle the speed and attack of Yngwie's playing. The audience could care less as it roars its approval after every song. You won't be disappointed when you see him playing the chops, sweeps and runs that have made him famous. The camera angles are good with a great many closeups of Yngwie's fingers on the fretboard. You won't miss a thing.Read more ›
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