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About Pete Townshend’s Classic Quadrophenia
The new incarnation of this classic rock opera is the latest chapter in Townshend's lifelong mission to break the three-minute mould of the traditional pop song and take rock music to a higher artistic level. In the 1960s he defined the concept of the "rock opera" with `Tommy', taking it a stage further with `Quadrophenia'. Conceived and written by Townshend in 1973, `Quadrophenia' went on to become an iconic feature film.
The new "symphonised" version of `Quadrophenia', an album originally released by The Who in 1973, was orchestrated by Rachel Fuller, a professional composer, orchestrator and singer-songwriter. It will be released by the Deutsche Grammophon next summer with a world premiere concert at the Royal Albert Hall on 5 July, starring Pete Townshend, and Alfie Boe, who sings the parts originally sung by Roger Daltrey. Performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and London Oriana Choir, conducted by Robert Ziegler