Miller Anderson (who is standing in for Steve Balsamo at short notice) sang Pictured Within with such perfect feel and casual ease that it felt like he’d only just recorded the original version yesterday – not 13 years ago!
The new instrumental version of Evening Song sounded fresh in the hands of the Liverpool orchestra (who recorded it last year for Jon Lord’s new album To Notice Such Things), and Concerto for Group and Orchestra also took on a new twist.
Watching from the stalls was conductor Paul Mann, who conducted the Concerto numerous times on the road with Deep Purple in 1999 and 2000.
– This was actually the first time I’ve sat and just listened to the piece being played, he said with enthusiasm.
– I conducted it so many times with Deep Purple, but since then, Jon has played it with many other orchestras that it has developed a completely new feel.
Mann and Royal Liverpool Philharmonics conductor Clark Rundell are old friends, and Paul Mann offered unreserved thumbs up to the Liverpool interpretation.
Tonight’s show will also include a new band-less arrangement of The Telemann Experiment.
The final tickets are still available on the door.