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Rock Symphonies

Audio Samples

>Novoselic, Chris : Smells Like Teen Spirit
>Axl Rose / J. Isbell / S. : November Rain
>Heijden, Franck van der : The 5th, for rock orchestra (after Beethoven)
>Perry, Joe [Guitar] : Walk This Way
>McCartney, Paul : Live and Let Die, song (for the film Live and Let Die)
>Heijden, Franck van der : Vivaldi vs. Vertigo
>Burton, Cliff : Master of Puppets
>Heijden, Franck van der : 80s Anthem
>David Garrett / Franck Va : Toccata, for violin (after Bach)
>Albéniz, Isaac [Composer] : Asturias (Leyenda), instrumental arrangement after Suite española no 1, Op. 47/5
>Page, Jimmy : Kashmir
>Garrett, David : Rock Symphony
>Orbit, William : Peer Gynt, remix (after Grieg)
>Schifrin, Lalo [Composer] : Mission Impossible
>Fogerty, John : Rocking All Over the World
>Segura, Antonio : En Aranjuez con tu amor
>Hynde, Chrissie : I'll Stand By You
>Garrett, David : Mahler #5 (after Mahler)
>Paich, David : Child's Anthem
>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track

Album Summary

>Novoselic, Chris : Smells Like Teen Spirit
>Axl Rose / J. Isbell / S. : November Rain
>Heijden, Franck van der : The 5th, for rock orchestra (after Beethoven)
>Perry, Joe [Guitar] : Walk This Way
>McCartney, Paul : Live and Let Die, song (for the film Live and Let Die)
>Heijden, Franck van der : Vivaldi vs. Vertigo
>Burton, Cliff : Master of Puppets
>Heijden, Franck van der : 80s Anthem
>David Garrett / Franck Va : Toccata, for violin (after Bach)
>Albéniz, Isaac [Composer] : Asturias (Leyenda), instrumental arrangement after Suite española no 1, Op. 47/5
>Page, Jimmy : Kashmir
>Garrett, David : Rock Symphony
>Orbit, William : Peer Gynt, remix (after Grieg)
>Schifrin, Lalo [Composer] : Mission Impossible
>Fogerty, John : Rocking All Over the World
>Segura, Antonio : En Aranjuez con tu amor
>Hynde, Chrissie : I'll Stand By You
>Garrett, David : Mahler #5 (after Mahler)
>Paich, David : Child's Anthem
>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track
Performers Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Electric Ladyland Studios, New York City.

After a self-titled release that flirted with pop crossover, violinist David Garrett dives deep into that world with his 2010 effort, an album that rocks like it's 1766. Most arrangements are simple as Garrett takes the melodies from Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" and plays them furiously in front of an equally aggressive orchestra that's augmented by electric guitars and a standard rock kit drummer. No great revelations to be had, but the tracks work well enough, recasting some of rock's classics as Romantic-era works that are prime for television commercials designed to sell diamonds or wine to the post-Woodstock set. Rock Symphonies exceeds its predecessor when it comes to the more clever cuts, such as the "Vivaldi vs. Vertigo," a mash-up of Vivaldi's Four Seasons and U2's "Vertigo." Fun how "The 5th" messes with Beethoven's -- heck, classical music's -- most famous piece and how his take on "Walk This Way" references the Aerosmith and Run-D.M.C. version before turning into a fiddle-led hoedown. Keep in mind, the showy Garrett is a polarizing figure in the classical community, so don't expect your snootier friends to agree, but if your kids spend way too much time behind the violin, this just might turn them on to rock & roll. ~ David Jeffries



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Works Details

>Novoselic, Chris : Smells Like Teen Spirit
  • Performers: Franck Heijden (Guitar); David Garrett (Violin); Jeff Allen (Drums); David Lipstein (Drums)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Dave Grohl (1969 - ), Kurt Cobain (1967 - 1994).
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Axl Rose / J. Isbell / S. : November Rain
  • Performers: David Lipstein (Drums); Franck Heijden (Guitar); David Garrett (Violin); Jeff Allen (Drums); Marcus Wolf (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Heijden, Franck van der : The 5th, for rock orchestra (after Beethoven)
  • Performers: Franck Heijden (Guitar); David Garrett (Violin); Jeff Allen (Drums); David Lipstein (Drums)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with David Garrett (Violin) (1981 - ).
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Perry, Joe [Guitar] : Walk This Way
  • Performers: David Garrett (Violin); Jeff Allen (Drums); David Lipstein (Drums); Orianthi (Drums)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Steven Tyler (Singer/Songwriter) (1948 - ).
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>McCartney, Paul : Live and Let Die, song (for the film Live and Let Die)
  • Performers: Franck Heijden (Guitar); David Garrett (Violin); Jeff Allen (Drums); David Lipstein (Drums)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1973

>Heijden, Franck van der : Vivaldi vs. Vertigo
  • Performers: Franck Heijden (Guitar); David Garrett (Violin); Jeff Allen (Drums); David Lipstein (Drums)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with David Garrett (Violin) (1981 - ), Nick Carter (1980 - ).
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Burton, Cliff : Master of Puppets
  • Performers: Franck Heijden (Guitar); David Garrett (Violin); David Lipstein (Drums); Jeff Allen (Drums)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with James Hetfield (1963 - ), Kirk Hammett (1962 - ), Lars Ulrich (1963 - ).
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Heijden, Franck van der : 80s Anthem
  • Performers: David Garrett (Violin); Jeff Allen (Drums); Marcus Wolf (Guitar); David Lipstein (Drums)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with David Garrett (Violin) (1981 - ).
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>David Garrett / Franck Va : Toccata, for violin (after Bach)
  • Performers: Franck Heijden (Guitar); David Garrett (Violin); Jeff Allen (Drums); David Lipstein (Drums)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Albéniz, Isaac [Composer] : Asturias (Leyenda), instrumental arrangement after Suite española no 1, Op. 47/5
  • Performers: David Lipstein (Drums); Franck Heijden (Guitar); David Garrett (Violin); Jeff Allen (Drums); Marcus Wolf (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Page, Jimmy : Kashmir
  • Performers: Franck Heijden (Guitar); David Lipstein (Drums); David Garrett (Violin); Jeff Allen (Drums); Marcus Wolf (Guitar)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with John Bonham (1948 - 1980), Robert Plant (1948 - ).
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Garrett, David : Rock Symphony
  • Performers: David Garrett (Violin); Jeff Allen (Drums); Marcus Wolf (Guitar); David Lipstein (Drums)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Orbit, William : Peer Gynt, remix (after Grieg)
  • Performers: David Garrett (Violin); Jeff Allen (Drums); Marcus Wolf (Guitar); David Lipstein (Drums)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Schifrin, Lalo [Composer] : Mission Impossible
  • Performers: Franck Heijden (Guitar); David Garrett (Violin); Jeff Allen (Drums); Marcus Wolf (Guitar); David Lipstein (Drums)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Fogerty, John : Rocking All Over the World
  • Performers: Franck Heijden (Guitar); David Garrett (Violin); Jeff Allen (Drums); David Lipstein (Drums)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Segura, Antonio : En Aranjuez con tu amor
  • Performers: Franck Heijden (Guitar); David Garrett (Violin); Jeff Allen (Drums); Marcus Wolf (Guitar); David Lipstein (Drums)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.

>Hynde, Chrissie : I'll Stand By You
  • Performers: David Lipstein (Drums); David Garrett (Violin); Jeff Allen (Drums)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Tom Kelly (Vocals), Billy Steinberg.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Garrett, David : Mahler #5 (after Mahler)
  • Performers: David Garrett (Violin); David Lipstein (Drums); Jeff Allen (Drums)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Paich, David : Child's Anthem
  • Performers: Franck Heijden (Guitar); David Garrett (Violin); Jeff Allen (Drums); Marcus Wolf (Guitar); David Lipstein (Drums)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track
  • Performer: Franck Heijden (Guitar)
  • Period Time: Modern