This composition features real star sounds from space, captured by Prof. Garik Israelian, astrophysicist and founder of the Starmus Festival. Tangerine Dream performed this unique composition with guest Brian May.
This is a guitar solo written by Queen's guitarist Brian May. It was released on his solo album Back To The Light (1992). May plays it at every one of his concerts since then, so he did on his guest appearance during this concert. This version was re-arranged by Edgar Froese and Thorsten Quaeschning. Brian May left the stage after this track to return for the Encores.
Speech by Mr. Alexey Leonov (2:00)
Former cosmonaut Alexey Leonov, the first in space who did a spacewalk, held a short speech in English language to welcome all visitors.
Nezhnost (English translation: Tenderness) is a Soviet Russian-language song, composed in 1965. The music was written by Aleksandra Pakhmutova, with lyrics by Nikolay Dobronravov and Sergey Grebennikov. Several Western arrangements of the tune are known under the title Tenderness. Tangerine Dream performed this song live; the Russian vocals were sung by Iris Camaa.
This is a song written by Brian May, originally recorded and performed by Queen for their 1977 album News of the World. Tangerine Dream performed this song with guest Brain May in an extended, improvised version.
This concert was announced in October 2010 for the first time:
Originally the concert was planned for Friday, March 25th, 2011 and titled The Gate of Saturn. The Festival itself was intended to run from March 21st to 26th. But in mid January the complete STARMUS festival was rescheduled for June, and the title of the concert was changed to Sonic Universe; the original title was then used for the Manchester gig in May.