The hand written Concerto

These exclusive images show Jon's Concerto for Group and Orchestra coming back to life in 1999 after nearly 30 years of involuntary 'extinction'. Working from Marco de Goeij's by-ear-reconstructed score, Jon and conductor Paul Mann spent the spring and summer of 1999 meticulously adjusting all the score pages in preparation for the two now legendary 30th anniversary performances at London's Royal … Continue reading The hand written Concerto

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Dave Brubeck, Concerto inspiration, passes away

Pioneering pianist and composer Dave Brubeck has passed away on December 5, aged 91. His recordings include Take Five and Blue Rondo a la Turk, but he was also an important inspiration for Jon's idea to compose Concerto for Group and Orchestra. In this 2008 interview, Jon talks of his early fascination with Brubeck. - Within … Continue reading Dave Brubeck, Concerto inspiration, passes away

Jon Lord’s music to be published in authoritative new editions

We are delighted to announce that over the coming years, the vast majority of Jon Lord's music scores will be published in new editions by Hal Leonard/EMI Music. Each score has been painstakingly revised and edited by the conductor Paul Mann, whose close association with the composer ensures that the new material reflects his last … Continue reading Jon Lord’s music to be published in authoritative new editions

Interview: – Jon just continued living it

'I don’t know of any other rock musicians of Jon’s stature who would be equally at home in handling musicians from leading symphony orchestras [than Jon].' This is conductor Paul Mann interviewed by DPRP.net (Dutch Progressive Rock Page) about the new recording of Concerto for Group and Orchestra: 'He vindicated that little vision that he … Continue reading Interview: – Jon just continued living it

Review: You never heard it quite like this

"A valedictory for a man and his stubborn creative vision. Lord lived like he plays the B3 here, with a ferocious creativity. That same dogged sense of determination pushed him to continue working on this piece until he got it just right. This prog rock-meets-classical piece ends up sounding brand new, even for long-time Purple … Continue reading Review: You never heard it quite like this

Enhanced Concerto edition announced

The eagerly awaited expanded edition of Jon's Concerto for Group and Orchestra will be released on December 7, 2012. Pre-order your copy now. Officially known as the Mediabook Edition, it comes with the standard CD of the Concerto plus a 72-page book and a documentary DVD. Along with unseen photographs from the recording sessions, the … Continue reading Enhanced Concerto edition announced

Interview: Concerto talk with Paul Mann

The Highway Star Deep Purple website has published a highly recommended in-depth interview with Jon's Concerto for Group and Orchestra conductor Paul Mann. The interview goes through many aspects of the new Concerto; from the choice of musicians, Jon's illness, possible future recordings of Jon's music to the pros of finally recording the Concerto in … Continue reading Interview: Concerto talk with Paul Mann