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Plays The Music Of Rush

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1. 2112 Overture
2. The Spirit Of Radio
3. Tom Sawyer
4. Subdivisions
5. Closer To The Heart
6. Red Barchetta
7. Limelight
8. Working Man
9. Fly By Night

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From the world-famous orchestra that brought you symphonic interpretations of Queen, Pink Floyd and ABBA comes a brand new set of studio recordings celebrating the music of Canadian Prog Rock legends, Rush!

Includes dramatic reinterpretations of the Rush classics Tom Sawyer, The Spirit Of Radio, Red Barchetta, Limelight and more!

Conducted by BAFTA award winning musician and composer Richard Harvey! --Official Press Release
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 13, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cleopatra
  • ASIN: B009D5LVNS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,238 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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As a huge Rush fan, I always enjoy alternate renditions of their songs. A Choral version of The Analog Kid done several years ago was simply amazing. Here, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra did a great job on the songs except the use of guitars in several of the songs. I think the use of them in several songs was somewhat of a cop out. If I wanted to listen to some variant solo, I would listen to a standard cover band. I wanted to hear the pure orchestra, which is done for a number of songs, but not for others, especially Red Barchetta where an extensive solo ruins the song altogether as an orchesta piece. If you are a Rush fan, you know you have to add this to your library, but I was hoping for something a bit more. Just my personal opinion, of course!
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I'm really glad someone did orchestral covers of their songs. 2112 Overture, Working Man, and Red Barchetta are my personal favorites off of this album, even though most of them sound like John Williams scored them. This whole album would be so much better off without the vocals (Subdivisions is the worst offender).

If you're a fan of Rush, I'd definitely would recommend checking out 2112 Overture (sadly it's not the full song) just for a listen.
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If they had left out singing completely, it would have been tolerable. Replacing Geddy with a single singer would not have worked either.

Symphonic bands can be as tight as Rush, so that is doable. Here we have more of a pops approach.

I am a fan of symphonic music and have liked a few efforts to combine rock and a symphony. Genesis was not bad. This is not memorable at all. Ensemble Modern would have done OK job.
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It's...interesting, but only if you are a die-hard Rush fan. This will not really appeal to classical music lovers or casual Rush fans. The cover art is pretty awesome. I like that they used a dinosaur on the cover, since it's an ongoing joke with Rush that they are so old they are dinosaurs. The music is not quite classical, it's more like a movie score. There is electric guitar, and some pretty amusing singing. (The guy who sings on Subdivisions sounds like Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas.) Let's face it, this album is really only good for laughs and entertainment. The record itself is kind of cool, as it comes on blue transparent vinyl. But keep in mind that this record only costs a few bucks, so in my opinion, it's well worth it.
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There are already half a dozen classical music tributes to Rush, so you might ask why we need one more, this one released by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in November. The quick answer is that this one uses a full philharmonic orchestra, with 18 violins, six violas, four cellos, two double basses, a broad complement of wind instruments, and a large choral ensemble. So you're getting the complete orchestra treatment, as opposed to just the chamber ensemble of the earlier tributes. And it's impressive. There's nothing like sitting in a concert hall when all the musicians are working their instruments to the max and feeling the music rush through your bones. The orchestra tried to replicate that experience here.

But the main reason we need this classical treatment is to hear, finally, what Rush sounds like when it's been fully arranged. At long last, we can hear why Rush's music works the way it does, because as each part is reinterpreted we can hear the dynamics of the music in a new way.

Conductor Richard Harvey has completely re-imagined songs we've heard hundreds of times (in my case, maybe several hundred times) like "The Spirit of Radio" and "Subdivisions."

"The Spirit of Radio" was the kicker for me. Never one of my favorite Rush tunes, the song came alive with its fresh and lively arrangement. The piece opens with a medley of wind instruments that gives the song a cinematic quality that doesn't come out in the original piece.

"Subdivisions" is another surprise with its unexpected and tasteful use of the choral ensemble. It's not how I would have imagined the piece treated, but it works.

"Tom Sawyer" is rendered to sound like a movie soundtrack, with lots of orchestral flourishes and personality-laden horn work.
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All the most popular Rush songs covered by the RPO. It sounds like a mix between original Star Wars music and Rush. It's a great spin on the most popular songs from the best rock band in the world! I highly recommend it.
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I bought this for my son who is a huge Rush fan, I am too but I bought this for him. Needless to say, we listened to it while we ate Christmas breakfast, everyone enjoyed it, even my mom lol. It is so much fun to listen to and the different interpretations that come with an orchestral mix is beautiful to the ears.
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Yes, some of it does sound like the theme to an old western movie/TV show, but that's what makes it unique. The operatic style singing on some tracks should have been omitted (it makes me laugh). But overall, being an avid Rush fan, I liked it.
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