I couldn't help writing a review having seen a half star lacking for this the most wonderful event ...on british amazon ???!!!This is the best way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of one of the most revolutionary and ground-breaking musical opuses in the world history.For some fans of Deep Purple it seemed that the Concerto for group and Orchestra was underrated, undeservingly forgotten, until this fantastic Albert Hall evening came to prove the opposite. The Concerto alone is quite enough to buy this DVD and tremble from excitement for two hours, having no strength to resist the falling tears... because really it is an ageing of the band in the best sence of the word. They aren't the timid beginners that came to shock the world 30 years ago, not sure where to stand or what to look at... Now they are the mature and worthy musicians who have SHOCKED the world by the FORCE of really NEW, CHALLENGING, and CONQUERING MUSIC. It's splendid to see how the members appear one after another and the atmosphere of the Albert Hall is amazing,...The audience knows well its heroes, and has come to give them truely deserved credits.
In comparison to the premiere performance 30 years ago some solos have been changed, not to the better I think, except Morse's solo in the first Movement being much less in duration and more in the vitality then Blackmore's... Also drum solo in the third movement was shortened. In other cases our ears are somewhat accustomed to the old version. Indeed some sound level faults are obvious, the orchestra sometimes sounds weeker than the band, but although the whole performance is more masterfull, well rehearsed, and besides Mr. Lord have done some orchestration corrections.
After the Concerto some other DP classics are performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, my beloved are Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming and Pictures of Home....And a dazzling brass arrangement of Wring That Neck in the beginning...
It's a must have surely,and it's a museum exhibit.
P.S. I think the portuguese play much better football than judge on music.