Pete Townshend / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia

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Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia finds the singer/songwriter turning his 1973 rock opera into a full-fledged opera. Enlisting his partner Rachel Fuller to adapt the album into a classical piece, Townshend found a sensitive, simpatico collaborator who manages to retain the oversized dramatic sweep of the piece. Similarly, conductor Robert Ziegler leads the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra through the piece with gusto, mirroring the majesty of the Who if not the mayhem. Generally, that's the curious thing about Classic Quadrophenia: it is recognizably the album in its form but not quite in feel. Some of that is due to this not being a Who record, of course, but shifting the piece into the classical realm ratchets up the melancholy that runs throughout the opera, making it less an explosion of teenage angst and more of a bittersweet reflection.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:55 Amazon
feat: Alfie Boe
03:22 Amazon
3 06:08 Amazon
4 03:49 Amazon
5 05:05 Amazon
feat: Alfie Boe
02:47 Amazon
7 04:28 Amazon
8 02:37 Amazon
feat: Alfie Boe
03:50 Amazon
10 06:14 Amazon
11 04:19 Amazon
12 04:03 Amazon
13 03:58 Amazon
14 04:54 Amazon
15 08:24 Amazon
16 06:51 Amazon
17 05:40 Amazon
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