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Procul Harum

March 18, 2013

OK. I know – this is a photo blog. But today I have to share some great music with you!:

Saturday I had I had the most fantastic, beautiful and overwhelming musical experience for many years: I was to a concert with Procul Harum in Aarhus Concert Hall. Procul Harum played with the Danish National Chamber Orchestra and the orchestra choir.
I got thus a longtime dream fulfilled. I love both classical music and rock music – and no one else has managed to integrate the classical symphony orchestra with genuine rock music, creating magnificent and unique sound to rock music – and the amazing songs they have composed. And Gary Brooker‘s voice sounds just as great and beautiful as the 1960s (He is 67 years old now)
In the video above – from an outdoor concert in Denmark (Ledreborg Palace, 2006), they play one of their most famous and amazing songs – “A Whiter Shade of Pale”. Along with the same orchestra, choir and conductor as in Aarhus Concert Hall.

Here’s how it sounded in 1967, when I was 13 years old – and already then a big fan listening to Procul Harum again and again! Gary Brooker has changed quite a lot – like the rest of us! (Gary Brooker, who founded the band with Keith Reid, is the only remaining of the original members of Procul Harum):

Another of Procul Harum’s greatest pieces of music is “In Held ‘Twas In I” – Here, from a concert with The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. It lasts 19 minutes! If you do not want to enjoy all 19 minutes – then listen to “Grand Finale” = The last 5 minutes:

6 Comments leave one →
  1. March 18, 2013 9:20 pm

    Også en av mine favoritter!
    Flott å høre!


  2. March 18, 2013 10:35 pm

    It sounds like we both had a great trip down memory lane with these amazing musicians over the weekend. I see Rodriguez on your favourite music list and it is great to know of other people that recognise his talent.


    • March 24, 2013 11:17 pm

      Thank you, Frances. I still love much of the music from “my memory lane” – but also much new music!


  3. March 19, 2013 10:36 am

    The Good Old Days!


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