Fireworks

Concert Reviews

Steve Hackett (Band With Orchestra) http://www.rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/f1/5d/a9/Steve-hackett-with-orchestra-live-2018-27-1540239492.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     October 22, 2018    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
1652   0   1   0   0   0

Steve Hackett (Band With Orchestra) - The Royal Festival Hall, London (UK) - 04 October 2018

With the music from the early part of Genesis' career being referred to as both symphonic and pastoral, it comes as no surprise that it lends itself to the orchestral treatment afforded to it by Steve Hackett, the self-acclaimed keeper of the Genesis flame. It's also no shock to find that Hackett's solo material blends well with an orchestra.
The atmosphere was positively electric from the outset and the audience broke into spontaneous standing ovations on several occasions which further enhanced the performance; judging by the ecstatic smile and effusive reaction of Conductor Bradley Thachuk, the audience's enthusiasm had clearly conveyed itself to those on stage.

With the orchestra on board, I'd expected a short introduction piece as the band took to the stage, but they just wandered into their positions before the group plunged into the Genesis classic and crowd-pleaser 'Dance On A Volcano'. The orchestral arrangement enhanced rather than dominated. Hackett's 'Out Of Body' followed and again the orchestra added little nuances, and they really came into their own on 'The Steppes'. I wish they'd been set the task of creating the song's intro rather than Rob Townsend's shrill and challenging sax piece.

The show was full of highlights, but for me, the evergreen 'Firth Of Fifth' took the gold medal and it elicited the first ovation of the evening. The stabs of brass were palpable and the strings lifted an already splendid song. During his tenure as Hackett's lead vocalist for the Genesis material, Nad Sylvan has both grown into and put his own stamp on these songs. 'Dancing With The Moonlit Knight' was superbly delivered and 'Blood On The Rooftops' was spine-tingling, before the first half then concluded with a full rendition of 'Shadow Of The Hierophant', thanks to Amanda Lehmann's vocal presence. My notes state "positively Wagnerian" which related to the instrumental section at the end of the track where the orchestra really made a difference.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site


After the break, they returned with '...In That Quiet Earth' which segued into another showstopper in 'Afterglow', which resulted in another ovation. Hackett's brother, John, joined the fun along with Lehmann for the sedate and beautiful 'Serpentine Song' with its lovely vocal harmonies and flute motifs. This proved to be the calm before the storm as next up was 'El Niño' on which the orchestra excelled.

Naturally, 'Supper's Ready' is ripe for an orchestral arrangement and I know I had a silly grin on my face as the tubular bells chimed out towards the end. The encore was another Genesis classic in the form of 'The Musical Box' and it was interesting to observe several of the violin players grooving along when not required to play.
The show was being filmed and I for one can't wait to see/hear the result, not least because I saw the show for a second time in Ipswich and picked up on more elements of the orchestral work, so I suspect the recording will deliver even more gems.

Gary Marshall

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  July 2019  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
  1  2  3  4  5  6  7
  8  91011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031    

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 week, 4 days ago
  • Berny : @Gazza2005: Please accept my apologies for the delay in processing your order. You should have received a confirmation mail by now. We are really trying our best to fix the payment issue as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience! PS: It seems as if you sent the payment twice, we sent you a refund.
  • Gazza2005 : I have bought issue 80 and I still ha e not had confirmation of my download. Please could this be sorted out
  • Gazza2005 : Hello. Can someone direct me to my download please
  • Gazza2005 : Can someone help please
  • Gazza2005 : It’s Fireworks 80
  • Gazza2005 : Just paid for my online version / download but I keep getting failure message. All paid for so what is going on
  • Berny : Sorted! Thanks for your patience, enjoy the magazine! :)
  • HenningHallq : Hey guys! I purchased FIREWORKS #87 yesterday and paid by my paypal, but there is still no download link on my account. Can you help me with this? Thanks a lot!
  • Siodmak : Really thanks !!!!
  • Berny : @Siodmak: Pls. do not worry about the error message, we currently have to process orders manually because of a n issue with our payment system. I do not want to bore you with technical details, but the redirection from PayPal to our shop does not work as it should, that's why your purchase is not assigned automatically. We are working on it! Sorry for the troubles & thanks for your understanding. We hope you like the new issue of Fireworks! :)
  • Siodmak : Hello guys : - ) same problem as with previous number: just purchased Fireworks Mag. 87, and this is the message: "We are sorry, but it looks like your transaction failed". I've paid it with paypol. Thanks for your help!!
  • Berny : @Raphone @colorvine: You should have received your download instructions by now, if you haven't, pls. send a mail to «email» - Sorry for the troubles!
  • colorvine : Hello! Purchased FIREWORKS #87 yeasterday and paid by my paypal, but there is still no download link on my account.Can you help? Thanks
  • Raphone : Hello! Purchased FIREWORKS #87 yeasterday and paid by my paypal, but there is still no download link on my account.Can you help? Thanks
  • Berny : Fireworks Magazine #87 is out now!
  • SeaDog57 : Thanks again Berny
  • Berny : Hi SeaDog57: Apologies!Password can be found in the forum, link was (again) added to the "Fireworks" menu.
  • SeaDog57 : Berny; need a download link for #86 and the pg number for the Code
  • Berny : @Siodmark: Pls. check your mail! Apologies for the troubles, we hope you enjoy the magazine! :)
  • Siodmak : Hello guys! Purchased FIREWORKS #86 and paid by my paypal, but there is no download link on my account. Can you please help me? tnks ; - )
  • Hombre 444 : Got mine reading it now,best Rock Mag out on Market by far.
  • Berny : Fireworks #86 is out now!
  • Johns Band : Happy New year Everyone. Will the music film return.
  • Rocktopia Te : The Rocktopia Team would like to wish you a Merry Christmas! :)
  • Rocktopia Te : Fireworks #85 is out now!
  • Berny : @Bill24: Please follow the instructions at «link» or contact me directly at «email»
  • Bill24 : I cannot unzip the mp3's asking for a password. Same one I use to login with? Please someone help. Thanks.
  • SeaDog57 : thanks Berny
  • Berny : The FREE PDF version of Fireworks #82 is still available, including 88 (!!) bonus MP3 songs Just click on the banner on top of the site. Already 800+ downloads and counting!
  • Berny : @SeaDog57: Apologies! Link was fixed, CD 84 is now available from the FIREWORKS menu on top of the page (for registered members only). Thanks & best wishes, B :)

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site