Sarabande is the second solo album by Jon Lord recorded in September 1975 near Düsseldorf (Germany). The orchestra was conducted by Eberhard Schoener.
The complete Sarabande suite was premiered in live performance in Budapest on 18 September 2010 and later in Sofia on (30 October) and Essen (15 November). Lord amended the 1975 orchestrations, and also orchestrated Aria, which was played on piano and synthesizers on the recording, and Caprice which was simply a group performance on record. 'Finale' was made-over to allow the ‘parade of themes’ section -which was done with tape-loops on the recording- to be played live.
The cover shows the drawing of an ourobouros (a snake biting its own tail), on which three naked women ride. The woman at 120° (clockwise) from the top stands in a position evocative of the woman on Whitesnake's Lovehunter cover. The original Jon Lord sleeve was designed by Kosh, and the illustration by Mike Bryan.