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4.1 out of 5 stars
Three Fates
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 22 November 2012
I approached this album with a mixture of trepidation and excitement. Trepidation, because some `orchestral rock' albums are simply awful. Excitement because I have thought for some time that parts of Keith Emerson's output had more potential than ELP were able to draw out and, if it worked, it would be a pleasure to hear.

The good news is that it works, and it works because everyone involved has thought it through. It becomes apparent from tracks 1 and 2 (The Endless Enigma) that this is not going to be an album of simple transcriptions to new instruments. This is an album where selected tracks have been re-arranged completely to fit an orchestral setting.

The arrangements are not simply Keith Emerson and friends backed by an orchestra. They are Keith Emerson and friends integrated into an orchestra. That's an important distinction. So this isn't a showcase for the soloists but for the music.

The effect a bit like revisiting a place one knew as a child - a lot that is familiar, but differences too. The biggest difference, of course, is that this record is 100% instrumental.

The major track is, almost inevitably, Tarkus, but completely re-presented. And it works. There are times when I think the slower sections are a tad ponderous and could have been taken faster but that's my only quibble.

The track I was most looking forward to was Abaddon's Bolero and it transcribes to orchestral form as well as I had hoped: very good. And `Fanfare for the Common Man' - of course that works as it started as a classical piece. The treatment here is to offer the Fanfare as originally written and then to follow it with the band playing the rock version: a rousing sign-off, finishing the album in up-beat style.

Outstanding? Probably not quite consistent enough for that. But very good? Yes. So - a smile of relief at a job well done, a pleasurable listen - and four stars.
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on 3 April 2016
Very good indeed. Perhaps fortunately, I ordered this a couple of days before Keith Emerson took his life. Such a loss. He was a splendid composer as well as performer. Anyone in any doubts about this should listen to the original, the staggering, Three Fates (Clotho, Atropos, Lachesis) on Emerson, Lake and Palmer's first album. At his best, there was no-one remotely like him. And that includes Rick Wakeman.

Tarkus comes out very well here, and The Endless Enigma too - though I cannot fathom why it's best bit, Keith's piano fugue, was omitted. Fanfare benefits from the orchestral treatment (in fact most of the tracks do, the orchestration is very good). But Abbadon's Bolero? Why did he persist with this? It's OK on Trilogy, but I've never head a good live rendition. And in fact Honourable Company (a March) from the disastrous Love Beach album is a far, far superior piece of music.

Anyway, I am glad I have this in my collection. I guess you would be too.
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on 24 February 2016
Super music but only really for the existing fans. It does show just how good the original compositions were but really, after 40+ years it would be good to see a bit more new material Keith.
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on 10 September 2013
If you like symfonic stuff companying modern instruments, then you can try it. It is rather complex and often dramatic, but I can hear that there are clever musicians involved. Mastering is superb.
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on 7 January 2013
If you're a fan of Keith Emerson/ELP and like orchestral treatments, then I'd recommend you to give this a listen. The reworks of the older stuff work well and the new stuff isn't too shabby either. The guitar work is great and Keith still has it when he lets rip on the keyboards but he doesn't overpower the work. I'm not sorry I bought it.
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on 21 December 2013
This is a nicely orchestrated collection of Keith Emerson's work and the Munchner Rundfukkersorkestra play well.

However there is no version of The Three Fates on here - not even one of the ladies.
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on 10 April 2016
Long may you rest in peace Keith - we has lost a truly magnificent musician/composer as this CD goes to show
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on 29 March 2013
This is generally pretty good, Tarkus is the standout and makes it worth while. It would be much better if Lake and Palmer were there .
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on 11 December 2012
Superb album, well constructed by extremely competent forces that fuse together impeccably. I really hope to be able to enjoy a live rendition some day.
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on 9 June 2015
Good to see Keith Emerson back
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