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A true original,
This review is from: Five Bridges [with 5 bonus tracks] (Audio CD)
I can echo one of the earlier reviewers - if you belong to a certain generation, then this music is just a part of you. My first experience of it was round at a friend's, playing the LP on his Dansette. The aim was to see how much you could get it to vibrate when playing the electronic-noise part of the Intermezzo - Karelia Suitre track.....
I love my classical music too, and as it happens Sibelius' Karelia Suite is amongst my favourite pieces. I've never considered this disrespectful in any way though. Keith Emerson certainly went on to some pretty pretentious things with ELP, but this still has a certain freshness. My main regret each time I have listened to it over the years is that they couldn't get a better quality orchestra - or perhaps to record it better. The music deserves better in my view and I still rate this as the finest orchestra / rock band piece of crossover. It's my personal opinion that Lee Jackson and Brian Davison never got enough of the credit for being such a great rhythm section behind Emerson's Hammond organ. I guess the orchestra / band mix is always going to get flak from some quarters, but I think Emerson had a pretty good idea of classical music structure and the Five Bridges Suite itself still really works for me.
I still really love this music.