Marillion – With Friends From The Orchestra At St David's - 2019 Live Orchestral Prog Rock - Sealed 180 Grm 2LP
Marillion – With Friends At St David's
Label: Racket Records (2) – 0216472EMU
3 x Vinyl, LP, Album, 180 gram
Durations do not appear on this release.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Barcode: 4 029759 164722
Barcode (Scanned): 4029759164722
Released: May 28, 2021
Style: Prog Rock
A2 Beyond You
B1 Seasons End
B3 The Hollow Man
C1 The New Kings
D1 The Sky Above The Rain
D2 Zeparated Out
E1 Ocean Cloud
F1 Fantastic Place
F2 This Strange Engine
Featuring [Our Friends From The Orchestra], Cello – Annemie Osborne
Featuring [Our Friends From The Orchestra], Ensemble – In Praise Of Folly String Quartet
Featuring [Our Friends From The Orchestra], Flute – Emma Halnan
Featuring [Our Friends From The Orchestra], French Horn – Sam Morris
Featuring [Our Friends From The Orchestra], Viola – Nicole Miller (3)
Featuring [Our Friends From The Orchestra], Violin – Margaret Hermant, Maïa Frankowski
Guitar – Steve Rothery
Keyboards – Mark Kelly
Lead Vocals – Steve Hogarth
Recorded live at St David's Hall, Cardiff on 16th November 2019
Featuring with Friends From The Orchestra: In Praise of Folly String Quartet
Jamie Hutchinson - Violin (Nottingham)
Morgane Maelle - Violin (Nijmegen, Utrecht, Paris, Lyon)
Jonathan Harris - French Horn (Manchester, Glasgow, Rome, Padova, Essen).
It all started with the release of "With Friends From The Orchestra" in 2019, when Marillion teamed up with "In Praise of Folly", a string quartet accompanied by French horn and flute, to record a stunning album full of re-arranged Marillion treasures.
That same year, Marillion took these very special versions on tour and even added a few more songs like "Gaza" to the setlist, presenting them in a whole new light.
This incarnation of Marillion has been together for over three decades and the chemistry they display on With Friends At St. David’s verges on an alchemy. The bands musicianship could easily render these live renditions as mere facsimiles of their studio counterparts but the orchestra adds another dimension that renders “Seasons End” all the more poignant. The title track from their fifth album (and Steve Hogarth’s debut) it was a watershed release for the group and found Hogarth confidently staking his claim and moving forward a band who were in danger of stagnating after the departure of original singer Fish. Steve recaptures a little of that era here with his deep, marble smooth vocals sounding quintessentially English: at once melancholy and resigned.
Plucked from the critically acclaimed concept album Brave “The Hollow Man” works surprisingly well when taken out of context and, as the most succinct song here (a mere five-and-a-half minutes), it adds a touch of brevity and that’s a perfect example of where this otherwise perfect album falls a little short. I know it’s not what the band are aiming for here but there’s no “Incommunicado” or “Hooks In You” to add a change of pace and a bit of punch (and I’m sure they’d sound equally good orchestrated). Only “Zeparated Out” finds the band opening the throttle and the audience gladly respond in kind. Cheekily throwing in the riff of “Kashmir” was a good move and the strings make it sound suitably grandiose.
"With Friends At St David's" is not only a visually and sonically remarkable live album, but also a dedication to crossing musical boundaries and making "friends" outside of one genre and musical universe.
|Format||2LP, 180 Gram|
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