Collaborations between rock musicians and classical orchestras have a spotty history, with many people saying such a thing should simply not be done at all. One of the most famous is probably a Deep Purple’s performance of Jon Lord’s “Concerto for Group and Orchestra”, which gained decidedly mixed reviews; I quite like it myself. Although flawed and overambitious, it does have it’s moments. More successful are Jon Lord’s later “Sarabande”, perhaps because it was less ambitious, and various works by the late Frank Zappa.
Yngwie Malmsteen’s contribution to the genre in back in 2000 isn’t going to improve it’s reputation one little bit. Even by the standards of Yngwie’s mediocre recent work, this one’s a real turkey. It could be described as a “A perfectly good orchestra ruined by some idiot playing tuneless shredded guitar over the top of it”. Once or twice the orchestra plays some halfway decent themes, most of them lifted from existing Yngwiddly instrumentals. But most of the time they’re competing with the Man With The Massive Ego playing scales at 200 mph. I’m sure all the Czech musicians who played on this are embarassed to have a record like this on their Resume.
Once upon a time, Yngwie Malmsteen had the potential to be great guitatist. But there’s no evidence of that on this record; as his playing has got faster and faster it’s got more and more tuneless. He can squirt out notes until they all blur into one, but he’s totally lost the ability to play the gaps between the notes.
Don’t buy this album unless you’re an Yngwie completist.