Ok, I’m going to be honest here. German violinist extraordinaire David Garrett strikes me as a campy mix between Kurt Cobain and Edward Cullen; the pictures on the insert to his new CD Rock Symphonies had my daughters and I giggling just a little. But then we put the music on and forgot all about Garrett’s straggly blond hair, heavily made-up eyes, and come-hither looks. This guy is crazy talented, and his music seriously ROCKS.
With Rock Symphonies, Garrett attacks well-known music from both rock and classical genres with his intense violin skills, backed up by a full orchestra and a few electric guitars. You’ve never heard Nirvana, Guns N’ Roses, or Paul McCartney quite this way. But even if rock isn’t necessarily your genre of choice (which is the case with me), you’ll find the passion and fury of these songs contagious. Rock Symphonies also includes fervent renditions of Beethoven’s famous 5th Symphony, Bach’s Toccata, and more. I found myself totally enthralled with this CD, and will definitely be putting it on my “workout” and “pick me up” playlists.
Here’s a video interview with Garrett and a sampling of his style in the Rock Symphonies project and accompanying special on PBS:
*original post included giveaway of CD