Earlier this year, Marillion entered the studio with the intention to record selected songs from their rich catalogue along with friends from the orchestra.
Recorded at The Racket Club and Peter Gabriel‘s Real World Studios, and with a running time of almost 80 minutes, With Friends From The Orchestra features nine classic Marillion tracks re-imagined and accompanied by the In Praise Of Folly String Quartet with Sam Morris (French Horn) and Emma Halnan (Flute).
“So our brilliant producer and collaborator Michael Hunter wrote some new string arrangements and we took a week out to go to Real World Studios and record with our friends.
The result has exceeded our expectations, is indeed a thing of beauty.
We hope you enjoy the songs and agree with us that some of them are actually better than the originals(!). Whether or not you agree with that bold statement we’re sure this work will move you.”
“Estonia,” originally from 1997’s album This Strange Engine and the first song to be revealed from the album, gives a first insight into the hauntingly beautiful and touching versions of some of the band’s most beloved songs.
The official video grants an exclusive peak behind the scenes of the album recording sessions
With Friends From The Orchestra is going to be released on earMUSIC as CD Digipak, 2LPGatefold (180g), Limited & Coloured 2LP and Digital on November 29th, 2019.
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Marillion are currently working on their next studio album, the follow-up to the critically acclaimed and chart topping F*** Everyone And Run (F E A R).
From November 1 onwards, Marillion accompany the release of With Friends From The Orchestra on their November-December European tour.
- A Collection
- Fantastic Place
- Beyond You
- This Strange Engine
- The Hollow Man
- The Sky Above The Rain
- Seasons End
- Ocean Cloud
MARILLION WITH FRIENDS FROM THE ORCHESTRA LIVE 2019
01.11.2019 Liverpool – Philharmonic (UK)
03.11.2019 Nottingham – Royal Concert Hall (UK)
04.11.2019 Manchester – Bridgewater Hall (UK)
06.11.2019 Birmingham – Symphony Hall (UK)
07.11.2019 Portsmouth – Guildhall (UK)
09.11.2019 Bath – The Forum (UK)
10.11.2019 Oxford – New Theatre (UK)
12.11.2019 Glasgow – Royal Concert Hall (UK)
13.11.2019 Gateshead – The Sage (UK)
15.11.2019 Southend – Cliffs Pavilion (UK)
16.11.2019 Cardiff – St David’s Hall (UK)
18.11.2019 London – Royal Albert Hall (UK)
19.11.2019 London – Royal Albert Hall (UK)
06.12.2019 Nijmegen – Concertgebouw de Vereeniging (NL)
07.12.2019 Utrecht – Tivoli Vredenburg (NL)
09.12.2019 Paris – Salle Pleyel (FR)
10.12.2019 Lyon – Radiant-Bellevue (FR)
12.12.2019 Rome – Auditoirum Della Conciliazione (IT)