THE HANDS OF THE MASTER
Deep Purple was amongst the bands that caught my attention some 25
years ago when I got interested in music. In recent years the internet
has intensified my interest in this band, its friends and relatives.
The first solo recording fromJon Lord that I collected was Before
I Forget, something I still play in moments of reflection.
Purple is too heavy for my wife's taste. She's more into opera and
classical concerts. Jon's Luxembourg show was the opportunity to confront
her with my favourite, Jon Lord.
Staying in Bouillon a small Belgian town some 100 km from Luxembourg,
we took the opportunity to explore the very lovely centre of Luxembourg
City. We saw the Grand Duke's palace, not knowing he himself was going
to attend the concert later on.
We arrived early enough at the concert hall to see the solist, the
conductor and the composer enter the premises.
Then the music. The Luxembourg national anthem was performed at the
entry of the Grand Duke and his wife.
Jon Lord's Boom of Tingling Strings started very lightly with almost
separate notes and tunes from different instruments left and right,
front and back of the orchestra.
Other parts were more heavy and at a certain moment I thought the
lady at the percussion was playing a part Ian Paice could have played.
At the end she received a great applause.
Michael Harvey's first piano 'riffs' made me recognize the hands of
the master. I heard heard a lot of references to earlier Jon Lord
work and styles. I need to hear it again!
Paul Mann really is a very passionate conductor, he has the looks
and appearance. Inspiring. Great Prokofiev Symphony too.
At the end of 'Boom...' Jon Lord came ontage to receive a standing
ovation from the audience.
At the end of the evening he took time to answer questions from whoever
wanted to ask one or to sign leaflets and posters. Great!
My wife and I had a great evening.
Thank you for the music, Jon.