Classic Quadrophenia [Deluxe Edition]

Classic Quadrophenia [Deluxe Edition]

by Royal Philharmonic OrchestraRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra

CD(Bonus DVD)

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Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia finds the singer/songwriter turning his 1973 rock opera into a full-fledged opera. Enlisting his partner Rachel Fuller to adapt the album into a classical piece, Townshend found a sensitive, simpatico collaborator who manages to retain the oversized dramatic sweep of the piece. Similarly, conductor Robert Ziegler leads the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra through the piece with gusto, mirroring the majesty of the Who if not the mayhem. Generally, that's the curious thing about Classic Quadrophenia: it is recognizably the album in its form but not quite in feel. Some of that is due to this not being a Who record, of course, but shifting the piece into the classical realm ratchets up the melancholy that runs throughout the opera, making it less an explosion of teenage angst and more of a bittersweet reflection. [Classic Quadrophenia was also released as a CD/DVD set in 2015.]

Product Details

Release Date: 06/09/2015
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
UPC: 0028947950578
catalogNumber: 002326100
Rank: 61850

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra   Primary Artist
Billy Idol   Vocals,cast
Pete Townshend   Guitar,Vocals,cast
Phil Daniels   Vocals,cast
Robert Ziegler   Conductor
Alfie Boe   Vocals,cast
Dominic Peckham   Choir Master

Technical Credits

Pete Townshend   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Liner Notes
Simon Rhodes   Engineer
Robert Ziegler   Score Supervisor
Dave Meyer   Director,Camera Operator
Emma Vickers   Camera Operator
Rachel Fuller   Orchestration
Tim Cooper   Liner Notes,Interviewer
Christian Badzura   Executive Producer
Martin Batchelar   Orchestration
Mark Mackenzie   Camera Operator
Katrin Bahrmann   Artwork

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