RETRO ROCK I
This unconventional program with famous rock numbers of the 60ies and 70ies has attracted large audiences in both Europe and the USA.
The concert begins with a selection of Procol Harum's greatest hits. Already during the first piece, the famous "A Whiter Shade of Pale" the listener is put under the spell of this all-time-favorite with all its gentleness and the heartwarming melody. The spirit of the 60ies arises within the first bar and captivates everybody immediately. The sound of the "Hammond-Organ", one of Procul Harum's trademarks, is imitated on the church organ. After the gipsy-like and somewhat nostalgic "Beyond the Pale", another "heartbreaker" follows, the bittersweet and touching "A Salty Dog" which Gary Brooker composed after his father's premature death.
A group of pieces with more advanced "Retro Rock" by legendary "Jethro Tull" follows. The jazzy "Nothing is Easy", the introspective "Look into the Sun" and finally the elegant "Bourée" on a famous Bach-piece, the latter containing some of the concert's most spectacular moments with an exuberant and virtuoso pedal-solo.
Like a slow movement within a large-scale-work comes a group of three of the most beautiful Paul-Simon-Songs: "Scarborough Fair", "American Tune" and "Sound of Silence", all lyrical, gentle and tender, yet profound and magical in their effect. They are connected to each other with small cadenzas by the two musicians.
USA's legendary rock group "The Doors" is represented by "Riders on the Storm", striking by its archaic melodic line and almost hypnotic rhythm and the youthful tidbit "Touch Me" with all its scintillating exuberance.
The concert finishes with two further "Procol Harum" pieces: the sorrowful "Shine on Brightly" and the both rocky and exhilarating "Grand Finale", resembling the noble style of Händel.
Retro Rock is not calculated to please the ears of purist academics but to give intense and enriching musical experiences to the music-lover, may he be classic-nerd or rock-enthusiast, very young or quite old, musically well educated or totally unprepared.
RETRO ROCK II
After the great success of Retro Rock I, Sven-Ingvart soon began to work on a completely new set of transcriptions of great Rock-Classics.
Included in his new series are again some very famous pieces such as the deeply inspired “Stairway to Heaven”, and the wild and crazy “Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin. The nostalgic “Parisienne Walkways”,- suited perfectly to the violin’s character - as well as the expressive “Midnight Blues” represent the beautiful writings by the late Gary Moore. Among other shorter numbers of this compilation are the elegant and country-inspired “Big Love” and “Rhiannon” by Fleetwood Mac, the old “Doors”-Favorite, “People are Strange”, as well as two more Procol Harum greatest hits, the classic-inspired “Homburg” and the good old rock-number “Conquistador”.
Special mention deserves the great Trilogy by legendary Pink Floyd. “Shine on You Crazy Diamond I” – “Wish You were Here” – “Shine on You Crazy Diamond II”, belong to that bands most famous pieces.
With this diverse and complex music we actually leave mainstream Rock-Classics and enter an area of music that hardly can be assigned to certain genres within rock music. It deserves a place among the great compositions of the 20th century of any style, including “classic”. The large dimension of this trilogy with all its original and witty music reminds us of a classical large-scale work in three movements. Touching and intimate sections of utmost beauty and expressive melodic lines shift with interesting chord progressions, rock inspired parts and great, heroic outbursts.
The Pink Floyd Trilogy is the highlight of Retro Rock II.