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 two

Overview

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.

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:
24939

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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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Beethoven's Last Night 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
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lakepiper More than 1 year ago
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......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
matom More than 1 year ago
Excellent, intense
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!
desaud More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't know Trans-Siberian Orchestra did anything but Christmas music - excellent work! Saw a live performance - this CD did it justice!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
southam97 More than 1 year ago
great and original music!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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******
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
mynamesearl More than 1 year ago
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!
woodwindteach More than 1 year ago
Fantastic twist on classics! Great CD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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