TARJA TURUNEN And MIKE TERRANA To Release 'Beauty & The Beat' CD, DVD, Blu-Ray In May
April 22, 2014
Former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen and acclaimed drummer Mike Terrana (TARJA, AXEL RUDI PELL, RAGE, YNGWIE J. MALMSTEEN, MASTERPLAN) will release the classic-rock crossover live project "Beauty & The Beat" on May 30 via earMUSIC. The effort includes interpretations of classic music pieces ranging from Bach to Mozart to Rossini as well as rock classics from QUEEN, LED ZEPPELIN and Turunen.
"Beauty & The Beat" is something very different from your ordinary rock show, let alone your ordinary classic concert. It's music played in an unorthodox manner; it's the performance of a wide range of classical pieces and rock songs together with an orchestra and choir.
Originally planned as a one-time event — the first performance was already held in 2011 — the show was too successful with fans and critics to simply never happen again. In spring 2013, Turunen and Terrana again toured throughout the world, from Poland to Russia to Mexico.
The music of "Beauty & The Beat" ranges from immortal classic pieces by Bach, Strauss and Mozart to Rossini, but doesn’t neglect pure rock music like songs from LED ZEPPELIN, QUEEN as well as Tarja's own pieces. All combined with orchestra and choir with more than 100 musicians on stage, an enormous sound, energetic drums and Tarja's angelic voice Tarja and Mike complement each other musically. Whereas Mike bangs his drums with rock attitude, Tarja shines with her crystal clear voice and incredible stage presence; all lulled with the warm, full sound of an orchestra.
Turunen explains: "The idea of having a symphonic orchestra, choir and Mr. Terrana on drums was originally mine.
"Mike has done a recording with drums over classical pieces that I think it is great. I immediately imagined it performed live on a stage with a real orchestra as a part of a bigger concept.
"I believe this kind of combination of instruments, particularly playing mainly classical music, is very unique.
"I have been making collaborations with orchestras before and I could foresee a great outcome.
"Our main goal with these kind of concerts is that the younger audience experiences the beauty and power of a symphonic orchestra and choir. Hopefully it will serve as an introduction to classical music for some of our fans."
Terrana jokingly adds: "It's obvious that I provide the beat and Tarja provides the beauty."
CD track listing:
* Mike - Concert For Violin & Oboe (Bach) * Tarja - Blute Nur (Bach) * Tarja - Zueignung - Op. 10, No. 1 (Strauss) * Mike - Barber of Seville (Rossini) * Mike - New World Symphony (Dvorák) * Tarja - Song To The Moon (Dvorák) * Tarja - Vilja Lied (Lehár) * Tarja - O mio babbino caro (Puccini) * Mike - Can-can (Offenbach) * Tarja - I Feel Pretty (Leonard Bernstein) * Mike - William Tell Overture (Rossini) * Tarja - Mein Herr Marquis (Strauss) * Mike - Eine kleine Nachtmusik (Mozart)
* Tarja - You Take My Breath Away (Queen) * Tarja & Mike - The Reign (Tarja) * Tarja & Mike - Witch-hunt (Tarja) * Tarja & Mike - Led Zeppelin Medley * Tarja & Mike - Swanheart (Nightwish) * Mike & Tarja - Fly Me To The Moon (Frank Sinatra) * Tarja & Mike - Into The Sun (Tarja) * Tarja & Mike - I Walk Alone (Tarja)
DVD/Blu-ray track listing:
* Orchestra - Carmen Overture * Mike - Concert For Violin & Oboe (Bach) * Tarja - Blute Nur (Bach) * Tarja - Zueignung - Op. 10, No. 1 (Strauss) * Mike - Barber of Seville (Rossini) * Mike - New World Symphony (Dvorák) * Tarja - Song To The Moon (Dvorák) * Tarja - Vilja Lied (Lehár) * Tarja - O mio babbino caro (Puccini) * Tarja & Mike - The Reign (Tarja)
* Tarja - You Take My Breath Away (Queen) * Tarja & Mike - Witch-hunt (Tarja) * Tarja & Mike - Led Zeppelin Medley * Tarja & Mike – Swanheart (Nightwish) * Mike - Can-can (Offenbach) * Tarja - Mein Herr Marquis (Strauss) * Mike & Tarja - Fly Me To The Moon (Frank Sinatra) * Tarja & Mike - Into The Sun (Tarja)
* Mike - William Tell Overture (Rossini) * Tarja - I Feel Pretty (Leonard Bernstein) * Mike - Eine kleine Nachtmusik (Mozart) * Tarja & Mike - I Walk Alone (Tarja)
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