Rock group Queen's music always did have a touch of the operatic. Some of their best known tracks have now been arranged as a classical symphony, and it works brilliantly! I'd heard Freddy Mercury was a big opera fan. Coincidence? (See the whole review)
I have just watched the London Festival Hall 2002 recording on our Australian ABC TV. I am stunned at such wonderful music. Here's me in my old age thinking Queen's music has been the usual "rock and roll rubbish" whenever I've heard it, but I must admit I did'nt listen with any enthusiam (Sorry about that Queen lovers). I really must learn to shut up and listen the next time some youngster tells me to listen to this or that band ! Of course I recognised most of the original melodies, but Tolga Kashif's composition left me breathless and in tears. Superb passion...absolutely wonderful.
Hi, Bryan. I have a great deal of time for Queen having spent, with my cousin, a wonderful summer when we were quite young listening to A Night At The Opera, playing air guitar.
I've always been very wary of orchestral versions of rock. It has the ring of pretentiousness about it. That said, Queen's music was supremely dramatic in nature, always. Brian May was perhaps the most melodic of rock guitarists both in his soloing and riffing. Freddie was the prototypical vaudeville act, over the top & hamming it up but always heartfelt in his delivery. It's hard to believe it's 15 years since he passed away.