British Composers: feat. Jon Lord & Tolga Kashif

in Daily Programme, Radio Riel Main

by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 13 September, 2014

Today we present a programme of music by a number of British composers from a range of periods from the Baroque era to the present, and we are featuring the work of two modern composers, Jon Lord and Tolga Kashif, who have both produced works that cross over between rock music and classical and baroque forms.

Genesis Suite coverTolga Kashif was born in London in 1962 and he is best known for his Queen Symphony, based on arrangements of songs by the band. Kashif spent two years composing the work, which had its debut on Wednesday 6 November 2002, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by the composer at the Royal Festival Hall, where it received a standing ovation from over two thousand people. Queen Symphony was nominated Album of the Year in the 2003 Classical Brit Awards. Also in today’s programme we will be hearing tracks from his more recent work, The Genesis Suite, based on the music of the progressive rock band Genesis. It comprises seven movements.

61kJ0B3XvUL._SY355_John Douglas “Jon” Lord (1941–2012) was an English composer and keyboard player known for his pioneering work in fusing rock with classical and baroque forms, especially with Deep Purple, the band he founded in 1968, as well as Whitesnake, Paice Ashton Lord, The Artwoods, and The Flower Pot Men. Throughout his rock career he composed “serious” pieces and we will be hearing tracks from his ground‐breaking 1975 album Sarabande today, along with his later work Durham Concerto and the album To Notice Such Things.

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