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Symphony No. 6 - Dead Symphony

Dead Symphony

Lee Johnson, Symphony No. 6

Dead Symphony

An Orchestral Tribute to the Music of the Grateful Dead

Official website: http://www.deadsymphony.com/

 

Performers

Russian National Orchestra
Lee Johnson, conductor

Album Details

Number of Discs: 1
Label: Jammates Records
Catalog number: 67538
Release Year: 2007
Recording Time: 48 minutes

Editorial Reviews

From Reuters Life: THE GRATEFUL DEAD made their name playing improvisational music born anew with every performance, and now an American composer has sought to capture their psychedelic spirit in a classical symphony. "DEAD SYMPHONY NO. 6" by LEE JOHNSON encompasses some of the band"s most familiar melodies and its most otherworldly jams in a work in 12 movements. The symphony is "a musical embrace of American culture" and a natural outgrowth of the band"s spirit. Highlights include movements based on the Dead"s psychedelic classic "St. Stephen" and the rarely played "Mountains of the Moon." There is even an improvised portion, in the lament "Stella Blue." Johnson chose songs based on their melodic potential and overall fit. A movement based on the song "Here Comes Sunshine," for example, stretches the original melody in time so it is almost unrecognizable amid the harmonies. One ambitious movement was based on "Blues for Allah," which was played live only three times by the Grateful Dead. In Johnson"s version, a clarinet"s jaunty refrain evokes American composer George Gershwin, while deep cellos envelop the movement in its powerful Middle Eastern theme. The symphony"s overture and finale include strains of "Funiculi Funicula," the much-parodied Italian song the Dead used often as a playful tune-up riff.

 

Track Listing

01. Dead Overture MVT I (1:53)
02. Saint Stephen MVT II (4:12)
03. Here Comes Sunshine MVT III (6:38)
04. Mountains of the Moon MVT IV (3:34)
05. Blues for Allah MVT V (4:21)
06. Sugar Magnolia MVT VI (2:57)
07. To Lay Me Down MVT VII (6:12)
08. If I Had The World To Give MVT VIII (3:59)
09. Stella Blue MVT IX (4:54)
10. Bird Song MVT X (2:42)
11. China Doll MVT. XI (5:12)
12. Dead Finale MVT XII (1:51)

 

 

 

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