The Queen Symphony is the brainchild of composer, conductor and arranger Tolga Kashif. Four years in the making, it is an explosive new work for orchestra and choir celebrating the enormous musical legacy of rock legends Queen. It is an opportunity to hear their most famous tunes as you have never heard them before.
The album was released in November 2002 on EMI Classics, and reached the following chart positions:
Amazon Classical Chart (Germany) = Number 1
HMV Classical Chart = Number 2
Classic fM Chart (UK) = Number 3
Classic fM 'Most Wanted' = Number 3
Amazon Classical Chart (UK) = Top 3
Classic fM Chart (Netherlands) = Number 4
Amazon Pop Chart (Germany) = Top 30
The work received its world premiere on November 6th 2002 at London's Royal Festival Hall in the presence of Brian May, Roger Taylor and Freddie Mercury's mother Jer Bulsara. Upcoming performances include premieres in Portugal, Italy, Lithuania and Romania and further performances in the Netherlands. The piece has now been performed in most major European countries and throughout Eastern Europe. This year alone it is performed in the Czech Republic, Portugal, France, Germany, Latvia and Russia.
"Imagine a composer of the imagination and daring of a Tchaikovsky, a Holst or a Mussorgsky. Imagine him let loose with the entire Queen catalogue of melodies, atmospheres and textures, and a vast orchestra and a huge choir. Then you'll be close to imagining where this work begins. This is something monumental and quite outrageous." Brian May