Pete Townshend / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia

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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Pete Townshend 03:55 Amazon
2 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Pete Townshend feat: Alfie Boe 03:22 Amazon
3 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Pete Townshend 06:08 Amazon
4 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Pete Townshend feat: Alfie Boe / Billy Idol 03:49 Amazon
5 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Pete Townshend feat: Alfie Boe / London Oriana Choir 05:05 Amazon
6 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Pete Townshend feat: Alfie Boe 02:47 Amazon
7 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Pete Townshend feat: Alfie Boe / London Oriana Choir / Phil Daniels 04:28 Amazon
8 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Pete Townshend feat: Alfie Boe / Phil Daniels 02:37 Amazon
9 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Pete Townshend feat: Alfie Boe 03:50 Amazon
10 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Pete Townshend feat: Alfie Boe / London Oriana Choir / Billy Idol 06:14 Amazon
11 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Pete Townshend feat: Alfie Boe / London Oriana Choir 04:19 Amazon
12 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Pete Townshend feat: Alfie Boe / Billy Idol 04:03 Amazon
13 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Pete Townshend feat: Alfie Boe / London Oriana Choir 03:58 Amazon
14 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Pete Townshend feat: Alfie Boe / London Oriana Choir / Billy Idol 04:54 Amazon
15 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Pete Townshend feat: Alfie Boe / London Oriana Choir 08:24 Amazon
16 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Pete Townshend 06:51 Amazon
17 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Pete Townshend feat: Alfie Boe / London Oriana Choir 05:40 Amazon
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