Beethoven's Last Night

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Classical music and hard rock may not seem to go together like ham and eggs, but there's an uncanny similarity in the bombast, the swelling riffs, and the over-the-top attitude that's hard to deny. Paul O'Neill, the mastermind of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, grasps this and, with the help of former Savatage mainman Jon Oliva, weaves the two genres together with an ingenuity not heard since the heyday of Emerson, Lake & Palmer or the Moody Blues. This long and winding set is based around a fictionalized tale of Ludwig von Beethoven's deal with Satan and the mystery of his never-heard Tenth Symphony. To tell the tale, O'Neill and company intersperse theatrical rock ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Classical music and hard rock may not seem to go together like ham and eggs, but there's an uncanny similarity in the bombast, the swelling riffs, and the over-the-top attitude that's hard to deny. Paul O'Neill, the mastermind of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, grasps this and, with the help of former Savatage mainman Jon Oliva, weaves the two genres together with an ingenuity not heard since the heyday of Emerson, Lake & Palmer or the Moody Blues. This long and winding set is based around a fictionalized tale of Ludwig von Beethoven's deal with Satan and the mystery of his never-heard Tenth Symphony. To tell the tale, O'Neill and company intersperse theatrical rock originals -- highlighted by "What Good This Deafness" and "What Is Eternal?" -- with instrumentals culled from or inspired by the works of the master himself, including "Für Elise" and "Requiem." Beethoven's Last Night might seem like a bit of an oddity on paper, but in practice, it could slide comfortably between the works of Andrew Lloyd Webber and, say, the Broadway version of Tommy.
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra's first non-holiday-themed album, Beethoven's Last Night, incorporates some of the composer's most noted pieces with original ones that peer into Beethoven's psyche. Pieces like "What Is Eternal," "What Good This Deafness," and "Last Illusion" update Beethoven's dramatic, portentous style, while "Requiem the Fifth" and "Fur Elise" lend themselves surprisingly well to the orchestra's stylized fusion of classical and rock music. Fans of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's other work won't be disappointed by Beethoven's Last Night's theatrical, orchestral song cycle.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/11/2000
  • Label: Lava
  • UPC: 075678331923
  • Catalog Number: 83319
  • Sales rank: 11,014

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture (2:56)
  2. 2 Midnight (2:10)
  3. 3 Fate (1:14)
  4. 4 What Good This Deafness (1:46)
  5. 5 Mephistopheles (3:43)
  6. 6 What Is Eternal (4:39)
  7. 7 The Moment (2:47)
  8. 8 Vienna (3:32)
  9. 9 Mozart (3:18)
  10. 10 The Dreams of Candlelight (4:05)
  11. 11 Requiem (The Filth) (2:58)
  12. 12 I'll Keep Your Secrets (4:15)
  13. 13 The Dark (4:23)
  14. 14 Für Elise (0:41)
  15. 15 After the Fall (4:34)
  16. 16 A Last Illusion (5:26)
  17. 17 This Is Who You Are (3:58)
  18. 18 Beethovan (2:56)
  19. 19 Mephistopheles' Return (4:25)
  20. 20 Misery (2:44)
  21. 21 Who Is This Child (4:33)
  22. 22 A Final Dream (1:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Primary Artist
Mark Ferris Viola
Johnny Lee Middleton Bass
Paul O'Neill Acoustic Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Jon Oliva Piano, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Al Pitrelli Guitar, Bass Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Laura Seaton Violin
Dave Wittman Bass, Guitar, Drums
Garo Yellin Cello
Jonas Tauber Cello
Dorothy Lawson Cello
Paul Woodiel Violin
Chris Caffery Guitar
Todd Reynolds Violin
Robert Kinkel Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Anthony Piccolo Choir Conductor
Zachary Stevens Vocals
Sylvia Tosun Vocals, Background Vocals
Adrian Ross Choir, Chorus
Doug Thoms Vocals, Background Vocals
Patti Russo Vocals
Denise Stillwell Violin
Marni Elliott Background Vocals
Christian James Background Vocals
Caroline Ross Choir, Chorus
Dave Diamond Vocals
Danielle Landherr Background Vocals
Guy Lemonnier Vocals, Background Vocals
Jody Ashworth Vocals, Background Vocals
Mary L. Rowell Violin
Jamie Torcellini Vocals
Mark Wood Viola
Technical Credits
Ludwig van Beethoven Composer
Paul O'Neill Arranger, Producer
Dave Wittman Engineer
Kevin Hodge Mastering
Robert Kinkel Arranger, Producer, String Arrangements, String Conductor
Edgar Jerins Cover Art
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  • Posted December 17, 2010

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    I'd love to see this live!!!!

    I have most of TSO's CDs and then I was browsing in Barnes and Noble and came across this little gem. What can I say. The work is a broad stroke of some of the master's works, shaken not stirred, with original music from the Orchestra. It is lovely and powerful and a tribute to that lost 10th symphony. Oh to be in the room on Meister Von Beethoven's last night on earth......

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Beethoven would be honored!

    Fantastic twist on classics! Great CD!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    TSO Is Fantastic!

    I loved the CD, You realy HAVE to read the story before listening to the CD in order to get the full effect of the music. Without reading it before listening you just can't understand the music itself.
    I highly recomend this CD to anyone who likes a great fantasy story and music.
    It is one of TSO's best works!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    awesome!

    great and original music!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    One of their best albums

    It's a toss up between this and Christmas Eve and Other Stories as the best of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra albums in my opinion, and I'll Keep Your Secrets and What is Eternal are currently my two favorite songs of theirs (although Promises to Keep runs a close third). There was a little less of Beethoven's music mixed in than I expected, but I really like how they used it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Beethoven

    This is an excellent recording and we enjoy it tremendously. Would recommend it for anyopne and would be useful to play when there are small children around to introduce them to some of the classical-style musics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    TSO-Beethoven's Last Night is amazing!!

    My son and I saw them in concert and had to purchase the disc..Now my son is playing their stuff on his guitar. This is addictive!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Beethoven's Last Night

    Excellent, intense

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Trans Siberian I've heard yet!

    WOW!!! This is the best CD I've gotten of Trans Siberian Orchestra yet. I'm wearing it out! First listen struck me as quite different from past TSO albums, but continued listening has enthralled me. My husband has always said that Beethoven would have written for electric guitars and this album proves that. Amazing dynamics, quality vocal, awesome musicianship (to hear Flight of the Bumblebee on guitar - wow!), and a story to boot. Probably my most favorite album to date.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT stuff!

    Didn't know Trans-Siberian Orchestra did anything but Christmas music - excellent work! Saw a live performance - this CD did it justice!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Finally, Something Interesting!

    Out of all the TSO albums, this is the only one I enjoy. There's no Christmas theme, no school story, just one theory of what drove a great composer to the edge.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    I love TSO. Their music isn't convientional, but it usually comes across as the soundtrack for my Christmas. I love them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    How could they know how i feel?

    this music enabled me to find myself--i listened and listened --some parts are intense:while others lead me to a quieter place in my heart--it ends with such promise yet i really do think at some point in each life this CD holds a view of oneself******

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    TSO ... amazing I have never listened to them before!

    The music, the story - damn, the music is phenominal! I love the whole stoyline, and the cast - even though small - sound beautiful. I listened to this album first, I have to to say I am hooked. Simply stunning!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow!

    My friends did not know what to get me for christmas, but they knew I liked classical and Neo-classical music. So they got me this CD. I haven't been able to stop listening to it. If you want to incourage a child to listen to a form of classical, this is the way to

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    new tso fan

    This was the first album I heard by tso and it blew me away. You can listen to it all the way through and don't have to skip any songs. It also features ex-Asia guitarist Al Pitrelli and he's excellent as usual.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely amazing

    I've been a fan of TSO for a couple of years. I heard them in concert in December of 2000 in a small venue in Atlanta. They have a wonderful ability to combine rock with classical music. I heard selections from Beetoven's Last Night for the first time at this concert and purchased the CD the next day. WOW!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rock Opera

    Excellent rock opera-esque stuff. I'd almost say it is more opera than rock, though, just because of the excellent characterizations. Jon Oliva as the Devil is ecellent. It's great to hear him sing again. The music is very emotionally charged. Highly recommended, especially for fans of Beethoven.

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    Posted July 16, 2009

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