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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
>Heijden, Franck van der : Toccata, for violin (after Bach)
>Heijden, Franck van der : Vivaldi vs. Vertigo
>Burton, Cliff : Master of Puppets
>Heijden, Franck van der : 80s Anthem
>McCartney, Paul : Live and Let Die, song (for the film Live and Let Die)
>Albéniz, Isaac [Composer] : Asturias (Leyenda), instrumental arrangement after Suite española no 1, Op. 47/5
>Page, Jimmy : Kashmir

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
>Heijden, Franck van der : Toccata, for violin (after Bach)
>Heijden, Franck van der : Vivaldi vs. Vertigo
>Burton, Cliff : Master of Puppets
>Heijden, Franck van der : 80s Anthem
>McCartney, Paul : Live and Let Die, song (for the film Live and Let Die)
>Albéniz, Isaac [Composer] : Asturias (Leyenda), instrumental arrangement after Suite española no 1, Op. 47/5
>Page, Jimmy : Kashmir
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Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Electric Lady Studios, Greenwich Village, NY; Electric Lady Studios, New York City; Smecky Studio, Prague.

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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>Novoselic, Chris : Smells Like Teen Spirit
  • Performers: Jeff Lipstein (Drums); Jeff Allen (Drums); David Garrett (Violin); Franck Heijden (Guitar)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Dave Grohl (1969 - ), Kurt Cobain (1967 - 1994).
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Axl Rose / J. Isbell / S. : November Rain
  • Performers: Jeff Allen (Drums); David Garrett (Violin); Marcus Wolf (Guitar); Jeff Lipstein (Drums); John Haywood (Piano); Franck Heijden (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Heijden, Franck van der : The 5th, for rock orchestra (after Beethoven)
  • Performers: Jeff Allen (Drums); David Garrett (Violin); Jeff Lipstein (Drums); Franck Heijden (Guitar)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with David Garrett (Violin) (1981 - ).
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Perry, Joe [Guitar] : Walk This Way
  • Performers: Jeff Lipstein (Drums); Jeff Allen (Drums); David Garrett (Violin); Orianthi (Drums)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Steven Tyler (Singer/Songwriter) (1948 - ).
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Heijden, Franck van der : Toccata, for violin (after Bach)
  • Performers: Franck Heijden (Guitar); David Garrett (Violin); Jeff Allen (Drums); Jeff Lipstein (Drums)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with David Garrett (Violin) (1981 - ).
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Heijden, Franck van der : Vivaldi vs. Vertigo
  • Performers: Jeff Allen (Drums); Jeff Lipstein (Drums); Franck Heijden (Guitar); David Garrett (Violin)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with David Garrett (Violin) (1981 - ), Nick Carter (1980 - ).
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Burton, Cliff : Master of Puppets
  • Performers: Franck Heijden (Guitar); Jeff Lipstein (Drums); Jeff Allen (Drums); David Garrett (Violin)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with James Hetfield (1963 - ), Kirk Hammett (1962 - ), Lars Ulrich (1963 - ).
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Heijden, Franck van der : 80s Anthem
  • Performers: Jeff Allen (Drums); David Garrett (Violin); Jeff Lipstein (Drums); Marcus Wolf (Guitar); John Haywood (Piano)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with David Garrett (Violin) (1981 - ).
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>McCartney, Paul : Live and Let Die, song (for the film Live and Let Die)
  • Performers: Franck Heijden (Guitar); Jeff Allen (Guitar); David Garrett (Violin); Jeff Lipstein (Drums); John Haywood (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1973

>Albéniz, Isaac [Composer] : Asturias (Leyenda), instrumental arrangement after Suite española no 1, Op. 47/5
  • Performers: Jeff Allen (Drums); Marcus Wolf (Guitar); Jeff Lipstein (Drums); Franck Heijden (Guitar); David Garrett (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Page, Jimmy : Kashmir
  • Performers: Jeff Allen (Guitar); Franck Heijden (Guitar); David Garrett (Violin); Marcus Wolf (Guitar); Jeff Lipstein (Drums)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with John Bonham (1948 - 1980), Robert Plant (1948 - ).
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary