Hamburger Concerto

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Hamburger Concerto
Focus Hamburger Concerto.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1974 (1974-04)
RecordedJanuary–March 1974
StudioOlympic Sound Studios
GenreProgressive rock, instrumental rock
Length40:06
LabelPolydor, Atco
ProducerMike Vernon
Focus chronology
At the Rainbow
(1973)
Hamburger Concerto
(1974)
Mother Focus
(1975)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

Hamburger Concerto is the fourth studio album by the Dutch progressive rock band Focus, released in April 1974. It peaked at #20 on the UK charts.[2] The title track is based on Variations on a Theme by Haydn by Johannes Brahms. The composition also incorporates the first two verses of the Dutch Christmas carol O Kerstnacht, schoner dan de dagen at around 15 min.

Track listing[edit]

Vinyl release, 1974[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Delitæ Musicæ"Jan Akkerman1:12
2."Harem Scarem"Thijs van Leer5:51
3."La Cathedrale de Strasbourg"van Leer4:59
4."Birth"Akkerman7:46
Side two
No.TitleLength
1."Hamburger Concerto
  • I. Starter (Trad. arr. by van Leer)
  • II. Rare (Akkerman)
  • III. Medium I (van Leer, Akkerman)
  • IV. Medium II (Akkerman)
  • V. Well Done (van Leer)
  • VI. One for the Road (Akkerman)"
20:00

CD release, 1988[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Delitæ Musicæ"Jan Akkerman1:13
2."Harem Scarem"Thijs van Leer5:52
3."La Cathedrale de Strasbourg"van Leer4:59
4."Birth"Akkerman7:46
5."Hamburger Concerto
  • I. Starter (Trad. arr. by van Leer)
  • II. Rare (Akkerman)
  • III. Medium I (van Leer, Akkerman)
  • IV. Medium II (Akkerman)
  • V. Well Done (van Leer)
  • VI. One for the Road (Akkerman)"
 20:19
6."Early Birth"Akkerman2:54
Total length:43:08

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "allmusic ((( Hamburger Concerto > Overview )))". www.allmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-11-15.
  2. ^ "Focus - Full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 January 2016.