Hey, that's pretty cool! Hadn't heard of that yet.
Anyway, here's my review of the show I attended yesterday (saturday, 25.8.2007) to anyone who's interested. I think there's a good possibility of the Queen show to be released as an album, as they did last year with their ABBA project (although it was pretty much a studio recording).
conducted by Jaakko Kuusisto
vocal ensemble RAJATON (Boundless)
"A Kind of Magic" - Tribute to Queen
with other notable guest musicians:
Lenni-Kalle Taipale - keyboards (23.8. and 25.8.)
Iiro Rantala - keyboards (24.8.)
Jari "Heinä" Nieminen - guitar
Kalle Chydenius - bass
Jari "Kepa" Kettunen - drums
I'll start with saying a few words about the musicians themselves - of the lot I know about, anyway.
I don't know much about Sinfonia Lahti (the symphony orchestra, obviously), but it's regarded as one of the best, if not THE best symphony orchestras in Finland. I can't really contradict this, because I thought the concert was rather stellar from their part. The programme booklet informed that the orchestra had won a bunch of platinum awards for albums and a whole lot of other stuff, which I can't quote here, because I didn't buy the booklet myself.
Vocal ensemble Rajaton has been working together for over a decade now, with some success abroad. Two of the members are also notable solo artists, namely Essi Wuorela and Jussi Chydenius, who is also known as an ex-drummer of a Finnish pop-group Don Huonot, among other things. Try here for more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajaton
Lenni-Kalle Taipale and Iiro Rantala are both notoriously famous jazz pianists in Finland, extending some fame in mid-European countries. Lenni was playing the night I went to see the show, and although he did perfectly well with most of the stuff, I thought his style didn't quite fit in there, but that's just me. Maybe some other attendant could give an opinion.
"Heinä" and Chydenius are somewhat unknown to myself, even if I've seen them both play lots of different kinds of shows. They're alright in their own ways, but "Heinä" is not Brian, and Chydenius is not Deacon.
"Kepa" Kettunen is mostly known for his recent work as the drummer of Wigwam, the most famous progrock band from Finland. He nailed it, I might say.
We Will Rock You (regular version)
Killer Queen -> arranged segue to:
A Kind of Magic -> arranged segue to:
Somebody To Love
You Take My Breath Away
Under Pressure (a cappella)
I'm Going Slightly Mad
* It's A Beautiful Day
* One Vision
* You Don't Fool Me
* One Vision (reprise)
* Made In Heaven
We Are The Champions
-- 20 minutes break --
Radio Ga Ga -> arranged segue to:
Another One Bites The Dust -> segue to:
I Want It All
Seaside Rendezvous (voc. arr.: King's Singers)
Love Of My Life
Who Wants To Live Forever
The Miracle -> arranged segue to:
Bicycle Race -> arranged segue to:
Friends Will Be Friends
The Show Must Go On
ENCORE: Bohemian Rhapsody
Starting with the beginning, I thought the regular rendition of WWRY was a bad choice for a show opener, considering that the concert was played in a hallroom, even if it's the fifth best concert hall in the world. But, it introduced the vocal group alright, all of them wearing cheesy 70's disco make-up and black/red fashioned clothes with different Queen logos on the ladies and gentlemen of the group. The guitar solo blowed. Oh well.
Killer Queen was alright. Essi taking lead vocals for the only time during the first set, it wasn't anything remarkable, but was played to set