Rock keyboard players with an academic background have a tendency to sooner or later try their might in classical composition. Jon Lord and Keith Emerson went down this route; Rick Wakeman didn’t do that to such extent. But when it came to Pär Lindh, who spent a decade, from 1979 to 1989, in the symphonic world before getting back into prog, it’s rather surprising that he wouldn’t release an album in such a vein, until now. He wrote “Then Svenska Julkonserten” a few years ago and performed this Yuletide concerto for the first time in December 2011. Lindh sees the piece as the “Winter” part of a “Four Seasons”-like suite and plans to follow it with three more opuses.
Meanwhile, though, it was recorded to see the light on the “Three Christmas Concertos” album, together with two themed classics by Italian masters of the baroque era. So it looks like this:
1. Pär Lindh: Concerto grosso in a-minor for oboe, violin, celesta, tubular bells and string orchestra
2. Francesco Manfredini: Concerto grosso per il Santissimo Natale in C-major
3. Arcangelo Corelli: Concerto Grosso i G-minor Fatto per la notte di Natale