Beethoven's Last Night

Beethoven's Last Night

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by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
     
 

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 twoSee more details below

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/11/2000
Label:
Lava
UPC:
0075678331923
catalogNumber:
83319
Rank:
19602

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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
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
Robert Kinkel   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements,String Conductor
Edgar Jerins   Cover Art

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