Late DEEP PURPLE Keyboardist JON LORD - Last-Ever Recorded Interview
When rock 'n' roll began, it was music of rebellion, fighting against
the strait-laced world of classical music. The two worlds seemed far
apart until the late Jon Lord wrote his Concerto for Rock Group and
Orchestra which combined the forces of his heavy rock group DEEP PURPLE
with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The work was premiered in the
Royal Albert Hall in London under the baton of Malcolm Arnold in 1969.
The late Jon Lord, in his last ever recorded interview, talks to the BBC Radio 4
about his passion for writing classical music, inspired by his early experiment with his Concerto.Jon Lord
always wanted a studio recording of his famed Concerto For
Group And Orchestra. Only recently did he publicly make this wish a
reality. In what turned out to be his swan song, he recorded Concerto
For Group and Orchestra.
Lord assembled guest musicians such as IRON MAIDEN
Dickinson, JOE BONAMASSA
(BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION) and Deep Purple
guitarist Steve Morse
in the Abbey Road Studios, to work with his
trusted partner, director Paul Mann, on the 2012 version of the
“Over these last years since leaving Deep Purple
, I’ve played it
over 30 times with different orchestras and conductors all over the
world, and, of course, in 2000 I did it well over 30 times with Purple
on the Concerto tour, so I’ve been honing the piece live on stage, and
I’ve had the opportunity to change things in the score that weren’t
sounding quite right. It is therefore a marvelous and exciting prospect
to have the definitive recording of the definitive version of the
score.” (Jon Lord May 2011)
On July 16, 2012, Jon Lord passed away in London at 71 years old.
This album is a joyful testament of a great musician and fantastic man.
“His dignity and graciousness touched us all. His music was an
inspiration and took us to places beyond our imagination… A truly great
man. We humbly express our eternal love and great respect.” – Tribute
from Deep Purple upon the passing of Jon Lord.
Jon Lord's Concerto For Group And Orchestra will be released by
Eagle Rock Entertainment on September 25th and features the following