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Rock Meets Classical Pt. 2

This lists concentrates on the period between 1973 and 1976.
1Focus
Hamburger Concerto


Hamburger Concerto is a brilliantly composed and executed piece of classically influenced progressive rock by one of Holland's most succesful prog acts.
2Electric Light Orchestra
Eldorado, a Symphony


ELO are perhaps the most commercially succesful band to explore the fusing together of classical and rock music. Listening to Eldorado it's not hard to see why they were so succesful, the mix of well crafted pop rock hooks and epic orchestral music is done brilliantly and very tastefully.
3Rick Wakeman
The Myths and Legends of King Arthur...


Although Yes, like a lot of prog rock bands, were heavily influenced by classical music they never explored it as fully as keyborard player Rick Wakeman would go on to do during his solo career. The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, to give it it's full title, shows the keyboard player/composer's creativity and love of both classical music and progressive rock.
4Camel
The Snow Goose


Camel's third album, The Snow Goose, saw the band combine thier already well established progressive rock sound with more classically influenced arrangements and compostions. Completely instrumental, The Snow Goose is a masterpiece of symphonic prog.
5Steve Hackett
Voyage of the Acolyte


Hackett's first solo album, which was recorded while he was still a memeber of Genesis, sees the guitarist build on the classical influences found in many early Genesis albums and create a superb symphonic prog album.
6Trace
Birds


Fromed by former Ekseption keyboard player, Rick Van Der Linden, Trace combine classical music with elements of jazz fusion and progressive rock.
7Jon Lord
Sarabande


After recording Concerto For Group and Orchestra with his band Deep Purple, keyboard player Jon Lord went on to record several symphonic rock albums. This album in particular shows what a great composer he is.
8The Alan Parsons Project
Tales of Mystery & Imagination


The Alan Parsons Project is an experimental progressive rock band formed by acclaimed producer, Alan Parsons. The project features interesting lyrical themes accompanied by epic soundscapes as well as very strong classical influences, which are particularly effective in this album's epic instrumental, The Fall of the House of Usher.
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