Elect the Dead Symphony

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All Music Guide - Gregory Heaney
With the glut of "String Tribute To" albums floating around out in the world, an orchestral version of an album is typically just cause to run in the other direction. That said, the orchestral version of Elect the Dead is a welcome re-imagining of the System of a Down frontman's solo debut. On Elect the Dead Symphony, Serj Tankian worked with composer John Psathas and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra to convert the album from biting prog rock to an elegant symphony that was performed live in Auckland, New Zealand in 2009. Thanks to the singer's prog leanings, the album translates surprisingly well from one medium to another, bridging the already short gap between ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Gregory Heaney
With the glut of "String Tribute To" albums floating around out in the world, an orchestral version of an album is typically just cause to run in the other direction. That said, the orchestral version of Elect the Dead is a welcome re-imagining of the System of a Down frontman's solo debut. On Elect the Dead Symphony, Serj Tankian worked with composer John Psathas and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra to convert the album from biting prog rock to an elegant symphony that was performed live in Auckland, New Zealand in 2009. Thanks to the singer's prog leanings, the album translates surprisingly well from one medium to another, bridging the already short gap between progressive rock and classical music. The sweeping orchestral score is able to cast the songs in an entirely new light, combining perfectly with Tankian's manic vocals to create a greater sense of drama. "Feed Us" and "Lie Lie Lie" are transformed from rock songs into surging orchestral epics, starting out quietly and growing increasingly grandiose as the songs build themselves up. On top of the songs from Elect the Dead, Symphony also features a number of previously unreleased tracks, making this one a must-have for SOAD/Tankian completists. All in all, Symphony is a stunning piece of work that really showcases Tankian's creativity and versatility, substituting aggression for beauty to turn the album into a work that is simultaneously familiar and completely new.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/2010
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624972839
  • Catalog Number: 522987
  • Sales rank: 53,264

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Feed Us (7:29)
  2. 2 Blue (3:15)
  3. 3 Sky is Over (3:08)
  4. 4 Lie Lie Lie (3:58)
  5. 5 Money (3:28)
  6. 6 Baby (3:40)
  7. 7 Gate 21 (2:48)
  8. 8 The Charade (4:30)
  9. 9 Honking Antelope (3:48)
  10. 10 Saving Us (4:55)
  11. 11 Elect the Dead (3:08)
  12. 12 Falling Stars (3:23)
  13. 13 Beethoven's C**t (3:28)
  14. 14 Empty Walls (3:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Serj Tankian Primary Artist, Vocals
John Middleton Bass
Rebecca Harris Harp
Martin Lee Oboe, Cor anglais
Thomas Guldborg Percussion
Christine Bowie Viola
Owen Gordon Viola
Amanda Harrison Horn
Dan Monti Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Ruth Brinkman Bassoon, Contrabassoon
David Kay Horn
Jonathan Baker Tuba
Carina ├ůslin Violin
John Harrison Bass
Alexander Shapkin Violin
Thomas Greaves Bassoon
Carl Wells Horn
Douglas Cross Trombone
Anne Draffin Viola
Robert Ashworth Viola
Jocelyn Healy Violin
Jennifer Raven Percussion
Gregory McGarity Viola
Susan Wedde Viola
Igor Arefyev Viola
Gwyneth Carter Violin
Pamela Ping Jiang Violin
James Fry Clarinet
Gordon Hill Bass
Dianna Cochrane Violin
David Garner Cello
Shane Currey Percussion
Hamish Oliver Piano
Victor Silverstone Trumpet
Katherine Walshe Violin
Elizbieta Grabczewska Violin
Eva Sadag Violin
David Maunsell Violin
William Hanfling Violin
Matthias Erdrich Bass
Nicola Baker Horn
Gordon Richards Clarinet
Ping Tong Chan Viola
You Lee Cello
Evgueni Lanchtchikov Bass
Liliya Arefyeva Cello
Virginia Hopkins Cello
Kathleen Helyer Cello
Lucy Qi Zhang Violin
Minsi Yang Violin
Rae Crossley-Croft Violin
Sarah Roper Oboe
Hamish McKeich Conductor
Jennifer Seddon-Mori Flute, Piccolo
Claudia Price Cello
Katherine Hebley Cello
Catherine Bowie Flute
Bridget Miles Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Bing Lin Chan Violin
Bede Hanley Oboe
Artur Grabczewski Violin
Ainsley Murray Violin
Simon Williams Horn
Miranda Adam Violin
Yang Rachel Guan Bassoon
William Stonham Trumpet
Vadim Simongauz Timpani
Timothy Sutton Bass Trombone
Norman McFarlane Trumpet
Luke Christiansen Trombone
Young Ji Song Flute
Technical Credits
Richard Baker Engineer
Tom Whalley Executive Producer
Scott Levitin Mastering
Serj Tankian Arranger, Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Casey Howard Illustrations
Emma Banks Booking
TJ Landig Marketing
John Psathas Arranger, Orchestration
Don Muller Booking
Helene Ravlich Publicity
Jooles Cements Marketing
Virginia Hopkins Section Leader
Rae Crossley-Croft Section Leader
Miranda Adam Concert Manager
Rob Gorson Marketing
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