The George Enescu Orchestra & Friends
By Lars Wortmann
This is the complete list of artists performing on the European leg of Deep Purple's Albert Tour 2000. It was given to me by representatives of the orchestra and by Hugo Boogaerts and Liv van Aelst.
The Romanian language uses one or two characters unfamiliar to us. We have tried to recreate them as best as possible. Apologies to the Enescu's if this looks strange to them.
A representative of the orchestra asked me to mention the agency that recommended the orchestra to Deep Purple's management; Artexim - Artistsī Management Agency from Cluj, Romania.
Romanian Philharmonic Orchestra: Filarmonica de Stat Transilvania
Belgian brass section: The Side Door Johnnies
Belgian backing vocals: The Back Street Dolls
Who played what when???
Listed below are the complete appearances and non-appearances of the artists throughout the European shows.
How to read the chart:
* Morseīs solo piece was introduced as "Guitar String" at least at the first two shows. Under that title it also appeared on the mixing desk set list in Hamburg. As the tour progressed, the number adopted other titles such as "The Well-tempered Guitar", "The Ill-tempered Guitar" or "The Well-dressed Guitar".
Finally an explanation for the occasional exclusion of the second, and at least once even the second and the third movement (probably in Murcia). This was due to the receptiveness of the audience. As I personally witnessed in Milan, the audience was so enthusiastic that they applauded within the numbers, especially during the very quiet moments. In Rotterdam, however, there was a permanent murmur going on all through the 1st movement and a constant cracking of plastic beer cups. The lack of seating in the venue might have been part of the reason for this - everyone feeling entitled to behave like at a normal rock concert.
Understandably, all this was not taken too well by the musicians, so, according to Steve Morse, Jon Lord decided to cut it short. These decisions were made either while the concert was already in progress or before the show. In those cases, Jon could tell how the audience would react from long-time experience. I just wonder why no announcements were made before the shows telling the people to remain quiet during the numbers.
[Thanks for all your great work, Lars!! Ed.]
Lars Wortmann can be reached through, Tim Sinzenich.
Check out the set lists page to find out which songs were played on both the South American and the European dates.