on 15 August 2002
Sarabande is one of Lord's best solo works, or perhaps even the best. What the album features is nothing less than a modern-day classical masterpiece sampling the artist's extremely mature and deep-rooted skill both in composing and in orchestration. This unique musical bonbon is so perfect the listener has the feeling there is not a single note that could be added or left out. Made up of fast as well as slow pieces, the arrangement still is an inseparable whole, a nice little chamber concerto of our time. As Lord himself states: "the compostitions were good, the musicians [Andy Summers, guitar; Pete York, drums; Paul Karass, bass; Mark Nauseef, percussion; the Philharmonia Hungarica] were outstanding and the conductor [Eberhard Schoener] understood the music. Everything came together and I have to say, nothing I made before or since comes close to Sarabande." (from an interview at The Highway Star)
on 3 August 2010
I remember buying this back in 70something with the pull-out insert. I don't know if this review will be read but what I have to say is that I loved it immediately. It is so much more accessible than any of Jon's other works but then, wasn't he free to do what he wanted then?
It's beautiful; it's wonderful and it's the expression of an artist set free. Thirty-five years on, it is still as magical as the day I heard it.
For what it's worth, I saw JL and a whole bunch of others perform this (including deliberate bum notes in Sarabande)at the Royal Albert Hall. You want to know about impressed? Try Pete York sight-reading a drum solo.
This was the preface to David Bedford's The Odyssey.
With an extremely nervous Mike Oldfield on guitar...
Those were the days.
on 5 April 2014
I could only give this 5 stars, if I could I'd have given it more.
This album shows the genius of Jon Lord, who could combine rock and classical music in a way no other could.
Had the vinyl version in the 70s, but lent it to a "friend" and didn't get it back
Great to catch up with a classic.
on 2 May 2016
Absolutely superb from beginning to end. Sarabande is the second solo album recorded by the late, great Jon Lord, and is, in my humble opinion, easily his best work. The album is worth owning just for one track alone, such is the enchanting beauty of the middle-eastern flavoured 'Bouree'.
on 30 August 2003
Wonderful, even without the vocals of God1 (Ian Gillan), the guitar of God2/TheManInBlack (Ritchie Blackmore) or the mesmerising skin thumping of Ian Paice. I am not a classical music fan myself but Jon Lord has found a way to get me to listen to this non-stop. The last-but-one track features some great Hammond sounds.
It is very different to The Concerto for Group and Orchestra, but just as good.