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Jon Lord back at Trondheim’s cathedral

What can be said that has not been said already about Jon Lord and his music, his performing and his dedication to his work and to the people he teams up with?

Jon Lord & the Lord Chamber Orchestra with guests
Jon Lord at Nidaros, Trondheim 2010 (copyright!)

Having seen his two previous concerts in Trondheim’s great Nidarosdomen Cathedral (in 2003 and 2007) I certainly had expectations to the evening’s show, and to the pre-announced group of musicians that were to participate, and subsequently to what the program would contain.

But the concert with an audience of 1200 (sold out) was a triumph, a thrill of enjoyment, a magical experience, an once-in-a-lifetime experience that I clearly think exceeded almost everybody’s expectations this evening.

Spine-shiverings and goose-bumps came, went and came back again throughout the concert, and words are easily best used for only giving the facts really.

One thing is Jon’s music and presence in every bit throughout his performance from start to finish, as we all know of course, another major factor that must be accounted for, is his unique ability to get musicians from quite different musical landscapes and backgrounds together in a setting like this, and then clearly inspire them and work with them so each and one performs outstandingly as professionals and as human beings, so that their contributions in the same way is felt as a deeply involved presence in what they are doing and where they are. True magic!

1. To notice such things, part 1 through 6 (from ‘To notice such things’. Jon briefly explained the background and how it is put together)
2. Evening song – Nathalie Lorichs (from ‘Pictured within’)
3. Pictured within – Steve Balsamo (from ‘Pictured within’)
4. Wait a while – Nathalie Lorichs (from ‘Pictured within’)
5. Bouree (from ‘Sarabande’)
6. For example (from ‘To notice such things’- dedicated to the Trondheim soloists)
7. The Telemann experiment (from ‘Beyond the notes’)
8. Gigue (from ‘Sarabande’ – Martin the drummer from Opeth got a standing ovation here!)
9. Soldier of fortune – Steve Balsamo & Nathalie Lorichs
10. Child in time – Steve Balsamo
11. The sun will shine again – Nathalie Lorichs (from ‘Beyond the notes’, dedicated to Ronnie James Dio)

The concert lasted 2hours 30 minutes, and the time just flew by.

As already said, the highlights were there all the way, but special mentioning nonetheless to his new piece ‘To notice such things’ – warm, melodic, and with great passages of drama and dynamics in between, the exceptional fine version of ‘Soldier of fortune’, and an almost UNBELIEVINGLY spine-tingling ‘Child in time’ by Steve Balsamo.

Also the program itself was a highlight, with a very good put together mixture of music from a wide range of Jon’s work.

And every single artist on the stage stood out through their various pieces – the orchestra with members from the Trondheim Soloists and the Trondheim Symphonic orchestra under their conductor for the evening Mr Torodd Wigum, Nathalie Lorichs and Steve Balsamo both magnificent on vocals, Martin the drummer from ‘Opeth’, Martin the bass player from ‘Opeth’, Magnus on keyboard, the wonderfully played flute during ‘To notice such things’ and the childrens choir from Nidarosdomen. Fantastic.

Well done!

Hans Peter Jenssen, Trondheim

See more photos and video on JonLord.org

7 Comments to “Jon Lord back at Trondheim’s cathedral”:

  1. 1
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    These Monumental events should be recorded and video taped for posterity….

    Hopefully this will be officially released. Looks to be an amazing show.


  2. 2
    HZ says:

    That’s Jon!

  3. 3
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I agree with you Tracy but……

    Is about 80% of the show NOT your cup of tea?

  4. 4
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    As I stated and again just for you Priest….

    I don’t have a longing for most of his Symphony music. I can listen to it and sometimes enjoy it, but it doesn’t move me. I particular special event such as this live performance intrigues me more than not. I would enjoy seeing it performed I’m sure, so if it were to be released on DVD I would definitely buy it, watch it once and then shelve it…..


  5. 5
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Hope to visit the show in Essen this year.
    Hopefully Jon wakes up and decided to leave Doogie at home.

    Doogie is an extremely nice bloke but to say he is the man for these adventures?

    Well, there are always earplugs.

    Sorry, Doogie, love ya man.

    Cheers, Mark

  6. 6
    Trond says:

    The show was really great. This music should be seen in a live setting, if possible, its far more organic listening to an orchestra than listening to a CD or a file.
    The extermely competent rhythm section from Opeth lifted the songs with band backing considerably compared to some of the often not-too-well-known local musicians used at some other concerts. Opeth are big amongst the kids, there were kids in the cathedral just because Martin and Martin from Opeth played a small part of the concert.
    For those who weren’t there, user Echelle999 (an old friend for those of us dating back to the early amd-p days) on youtube has posted lots of videos from the concert – and rehearsals:

    I’ve posted some still photos from the rehearsals here:
    I have many, many more on disk, of course, but I’m not publishing more yet – as there might be some proper use for them first.

  7. 7
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 6

    Visited your site.
    Lost of beautiful pictures!!!!

    Will try to come back now and then to take a look.

    Cheers, Mark

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