During a recent interview with Louder Sound, Scorpions guitarist Rudolf Schenker talked about when they were chosen over Pink Floyd to collaborate with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Scorpions collaborated with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra back in 2000 to record one of the most unique albums in rock music history, ‘Moment Of Glory,’ which features ten songs.
In the conversation, Rudolf pointed out that they had never thought about making an orchestral album until they learned that Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra wanted to work with them. As Rudolf said, the German orchestra even rejected Pink Floyd to make a record with them.
Even though Rudolf doesn’t really like classical music, he stated that this collaboration gave an extra edge to Scorpions’ songs. While the German guitarist mentioned that the whole process was a great experience, he also revealed that they worked hard to make the arrangements correctly.
Rudolf Schenker shared his thoughts about the ‘Moment Of Glory’ album via Louder:
“We had never thought about doing an orchestral album, until we were told that the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra wanted to work with us. We were the only band they wanted to work with. They even turned down Pink Floyd!
The whole event was such a great experience, and we worked very hard on the arrangements. I’m not a big fan of classical music, but this was something that gave an extra edge to Scorpions songs. If MTV Unplugged showed we could be convincing in an acoustic environment, then this proved we could collaborate with a world class orchestra.”
Further in the conversation, Rudolf put 1982’s ‘Blackout’ as for his favorite Scorpions album of all time and mentioned that there are lots of great songs in this album. Still, it also has lots of memorable moments that make it the best Scorpions album.