Taking a break from the average mainstream tunes, we picked up a copy of David Garrett’s “Music”.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with David Garrett, he’s a musical prodigy who started playing the violin at the tender age of four. At the age of 13, he became the youngest artiste to be an awarded an exclusive contract with the Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft (a German classical record label). Since then, it has been a nonstop journey for the violinist.
Sure, with hair like that, he fits the role of a rock star more than anything else but wait till you see him break out his skills while playing Beethoven’s violin concerto.
As a solo classical artiste in the day and age, the challenge is to not only appeal to people beyond the niche market, but also to stay relevant to the ever evolving industry. 31-year-old David already had the musical proficiency – he just needed to dish it out where it matters more.
So it didn’t surprise us when he recorded “Music”:
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Said to be a “classic and crossover” album, David obviously dished it out where it matters most because from the song listing alone, it appears that he has successfully combined different genres and eras without compromising his personal musical style:
- Viva La Vida
- Cry Me A River
- Beethoven – Scherzo
- Human Nature
- Tico Tico
- Chopin – Nocturne
- Whole Lotta Bond
- Clementi – Sonatina
- Sabre Dance
- Bach – Konzert für zwei Cembali C-Dur
- We Will Rock You
- Celtic Rondo
- Ode To Joy
- Misirlou (Bonus Track Deluxe Edition)
- Desperado (Bonus Track Deluxe Edition)
- Welcome to the Jungle (Bonus Track Deluxe Edition)
Because some of these songs are covers from the current day artistes (read: Coldplay, Justin Timberlake, Queen), they need no introduction. We do beg you to check out his interpretations of these songs though. David’s string arrangements of these radio hits are amazing, if not phenomenal. We could listen to him all day.
Not even kidding:
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Classical music will always be in my blood. I never stopped playing classical music. But when you become really accomplished on the violin, and you can play the technical stuff from Paganini onwards, you can literally do anything. It’s just a matter of what you really want to do with music.
David Garrett’s epic classical + pop mash up album is out now at a music store near you. Needless to say, we highly recommend it.