One is a major feature in the new issue of Classic Rock Magazine and the other is a BBC Radio 4 documentary on rock musicians delving into the world of classical. Listen below for a short preview.
Rock ‘n’ Roll in Four Movements
When rock’n’roll began, it was music of rebellion fighting against the strait-laced world of classical music. The two worlds seemed far apart until the late Jon Lord wrote his Concerto for Rock Group and Orchestra, writes BBC in their preface.
Stuart Maconie talks to Rick Wakeman and Keith Emerson about the genre’s excesses. And the late Jon Lord, in his last ever recorded interview, talks about his passion for writing classical music, inspired by his early experiment with his Concerto.
BBC Radio 4, August 23 11.30am (GMT)
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Jon Lord’s Last Stand
In Classic Rock’s interview, Jon speaks about discovering his illness, coming to terms with it and working hard to avoid negative input from people he calls ‘moaning minnies and weeping willies’. ‘Be positive. It costs nothing. It means everything,’ he said to Classic Rock. The magazine’s Geoff Barton also penned a special tribute to Jon.
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BBC Last Word
This weekly series on BBC Radio 4 devoted time to Jon is the week after his passing. Featuring interviews with Ritchie Blackmore and Rick Wakeman, it also included an excerpt with Jon from the documentary mentioned above.
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Jon’s all new recording of Concerto for Group and Orchestra – featuring Joe Bonamassa, Bruce Dickinson and more – is released on September 28.