David Garrett

David Garrett

by David Garrett


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David Garrett’s wholly individual style pays as much homage to Metallica as to Mozart. His self-titled CD covers an incredibly diverse selection of repertoire, representing his love for many genres and the ability to tackle each successfully. Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" is cleverly reinterpreted, as is Queen's ballad "Who Wants to Live Forever." AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" is given a memorable new twist, alongside "He's a Pirate" from Pirates of the Caribbean.

Given his enduring commitment to his first musical love, David still includes some classical selections on his American debut, including the last movement of Vivaldi's "Summer" from The Four Seasons and Bach's "Air." Not to be satisfied with only imaginative covers, David also displays his own deft writing skills with notable originals, including "Chelsea Girl." From the Label

Product Details

Release Date: 06/02/2009
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028947818700
catalogNumber: 001287202
Rank: 37781

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Garrett   Primary Artist,Violin
Paco Peña   Flamenco Guitar
Rupert Coulson   Bazouki
James Genus   Double Bass
John Haywood   Piano,Harpsichord
Robbie McIntosh   Guitar
Thomas Dyani   Percussion
Jonathan Quarmby   Piano
Ray Vega   Trumpet
Mark Sheridan   Guitar,Flamenco Guitar
Robert Groslot   Conductor
Kevin Bacon   Bass
Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Steven Wolf   Drums
Samantha Rowe   Cello
Giorgio Serci   Guitar
Kevin Bacon   Bass,Percussion
Rogier Van Wegberg   Bass Guitar
Ivan Kozhuharov   Conductor
Novecento   Performing Ensemble
Robbie McIntosh   Guitar
J. Haywood   Piano,Harpsichord
Ben Bryant   Drums
Francine van der Heijden   Guitar,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Ian Watson   Accordion

Technical Credits

Antonio Vivaldi   Composer
Bill Withers   Composer
Mikis Theodorakis   Composer
Tom Bailey   Engineer
Rupert Coulson   Producer,Engineering
John Haywood   Arranger,Producer
James Hetfield   Composer
Lars Ulrich   Composer
Angus Young   Composer
Malcolm Young   Composer
Hans Zimmer   Composer
Jonathan Quarmby   Arranger,Producer
David Garrett   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Kevin Bacon   Arranger,Producer
Klaus Badelt   Composer
Rob Sannen   Engineer
Kevin Bacon   Arranger,Producer
Tom Bailey   Engineer
Anthony Lui   Art Direction
Nicky Tavilla   grooming
J. Haywood   Arranger,Producer
Robert Eric Gaskell   Contributor
Wilfried van Vaelen   Engineer,Engineering
Francine van der Heijden   Arranger,Producer,Percussion Programming
Vittorio Monti   Composer

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David Garrett 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
SnowyJo More than 1 year ago
There are very few kinds of music I don't like, so it's strange that I don't listen to a lot of it anymore. Usually I have an audio book going. But my sister gave me this album as a gift after listening to her copy and I was hooked; listened to nothing else while on the road for over 2 weeks. Violins are not my favorite instrument but the fast furious pieces like The Four Seasons, Rock Prelude, and Smooth Criminal kept me cruising along while the plaintive cry of the strings in Nothing Else Matters and Who Wants to Live Forever were heartbreaking. It's a well-balanced album and I look forward to seeing him in concert.
Veggiechiliqueen More than 1 year ago
Wunderkind David Garrett grew up in Aachen, Germany and studied violin under Ida Haendel and Itzhak Perlman before graduating from Juilliard in 2004. As a child prodigy, he was subjected to a grueling rehearsal schedule of classical repertoire (he injured his back and shoulders recording Paganini: Caprices as a teen), but the freedom of NYC (including the huge music library at Juilliard and various clubs) opened up a new world of musical possibilities. David supplemented his income by modeling for print magazines like Vogue and Fashion Week for Armani while at Juilliard; his striking looks and broad crossover appeal have earned him the nickname "the David Beckham of classical music." Garrett's response? "He kind of drew a new audience to football, OK mostly female, but that's not a bad thing. I think that's why people actually say that because they know I really try very hard to get new audiences for classical music." I first heard of David Garrett in a Barnes and Noble and was hooked. After watching numerous clips and interviews (both German and English) on YouTube, I was blown away by his utter confidence and poise. You can see at once that this is someone who truly loves music and his instrument (he plays both a 1717 Stradivarius and a 1772 Guadagnini, which he badly damaged after falling on it); just like growing up bilingually with a German father and American mother, he's equally at home as ambassador of classical and pop. "David Garrett" is actually David's fourth solo album for Decca after Free, Virtuoso, and Encore, and most of the tracks are pulled from these three albums (I would have liked to see the inclusion of "Claire de Lune" from Encore). The themes run the gamut from Baroque (Vivaldi's "Summer" from the Four Seasons, Bach's "Air") to Romantic (Bizet's "Carmen Fantasie"), a dash of Italian Gypsy, modern rock (Metallica, Queen, AC/DC, Michael Jackson), film scores (Zorba the Greek, Pirates of the Caribbean), and original works ("Chelsea Girl," "Rock Prelude"). The album opens with a high-octane rendition of Vivaldi that might bring to mind Vanessa-Mae or perhaps the eccentric Nigel Kennedy, but David makes this all his own, and at breakneck speed. My favorites are the uptempo tracks, particularly the "He's a Pirate" theme from Pirates of the Caribbean. This Hans Zimmer gem is a cross between sweeping score reminiscent of the Chieftains' score for TNT's "Treasure Island" with the stately delicacy of a bourrée. The xylophone echoes the violin, accented by triangle and harp. The intense "Smooth Criminal" opens with tympani mimicking a heartbeat...chilling and effective. David's aggressive bowing in the first part slides into a near-human wail as he duets with the electric guitar, then returns to the staccato melody. Queen and AC/DC are given similarly effective treatment. Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine" also translates well to the violin medium, buoyed by the assertive piano bassline. I loved the rollicking "Zorba's Dance" but was a little underwhelmed by "Dueling Strings" (I just can't distance the song from Deliverance). Overall, this is a fun, flashy album that showcases David's immense technical talent and will hopefully attract younger listeners to classical repertoire.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great CD, I keep it in the CD player in my car for whenever I get bored with the radio, I never get bored of this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To say David Garret is a gifted and talented violinist would be an underestimation, as vibrantly revealed in this exhilarating CD. This CD is a true joy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have some difficulty with the recording in that I use CD's in the car and have to keep adjusting the volume for his quiet moments and then when he gets enthursiastic the speakers blast. Would rather have a more steady level of volume. The performance, however, is wonderful. The music, beautiful. And the varieties of the mucical pieces are great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fabulous CD- Love it- going to see David Garrett in concert after hearing this CD! He is amazing!
ronstefbrycass More than 1 year ago
When I first heard this cd, I had to have it. It's relaxing, but upbeat at the same time. I've never been a fan of the violin, but I am now. This cd is great for all types of people because of the mixture of songs played. When I hear Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal it makes me want to start dancing, but then I hear Who Wants To Live Forever and it reminds me of the great movie Highlander. I never thought that I would want to dance to the violin! If you're a true lover of music you'll want to add this one to your collection.
maeres More than 1 year ago
This is not your parents violin music. It is inspiring with its blend of violin, rock and pop. It is relaxing yet energizing at the same time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This man is a genius. He has combined an amazing classical training with contemporary music. His aim is to ensnare young people into loving and appreciating classical music.
Groverox More than 1 year ago
I saw David perform on a PBS special, and knew I wanted to hear more. This is an enjoyable mix of pop and classics, with David's unique spin on each track. A truly gifted violinist - love this and eagerly await his next CD!
MRedd More than 1 year ago
I discovered this CD while shopping in a Barnes and Noble store. It was playing in the store, and I immediately went to the audio department and bought the CD. It is a unique, eclectic mix of classical, pop, and original music. Garrett does a contemporary take on Vivaldi which takes the classical piece up a notch while on the same CD performing a distinctive violin cover of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal." Beautiful is the best word I can use to describe his rendition of "Ain't No Sunshine When You're Gone." Classical pieces mixed with rock, pop, and original songs are artfully mixed on one CD.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
David Garrett fuses classical and modern pop music in an interesting and enjoyable way. After hearing the CD played over the speakers in the store, my husband and I decided to purchase the CD and were not disappointed. "Smooth Criminal" done instrumentally in one of our favorite tracks. Although you will be able to recognize some of your classical favorites (including Bach's "Air"), they are done in a very modern way. This is not the CD for classical purists, but anyone else will be delighted.
Yoonie More than 1 year ago
Not that original, but very well performed and very nice to listen to =D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a nice mix of classical instruments and rock themes. David Garrett takes favorites from Queen, Metallica, and Michael Jackson and transforms them for a fresh sound. And just when you thinks he's done with the surprises, he finishes with Dueling Banjo's with actor Kevin Bacon.
hal-s More than 1 year ago
David Garrett's performance is wonderful. This recording is a delightful mix of pop, rock and classical music. I love David's style and arrangements.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am what some might call an "old geezer", but I love this CD! David Garrett is extremely talented and enjoys playing - you can see it in his face. It's a great CD for driving down the highway. Keeps you alert and full of energy. There are also some lovely renditions, such as Chelsea Girl.
StLouisCarl More than 1 year ago
I love this CD as does my wife and five year old daughter. There is really something for everyone on this disc.
SheilaM More than 1 year ago
I am blown away by David's talent and creativity. His work is unlike anything I've ever heard. Brilliant!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
David Garrett is the most talented violinist to hit the scene in quite some time. His ability to fuse rock with classical style is amazing.
allegrazzurra More than 1 year ago
the music is fantastic and then you see who's playing it, great turn on!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this CD so much I went to hear David Garret in concert and what a night!!! This young man and his band put on a show that had young and old alike literally yelling for more. I hope he has another tour in the US- go see him. It is a concert you will not forget. MKF
Carmen84 More than 1 year ago
A wonderful mix of moods for your musical soul.
Leah-moves-me More than 1 year ago
some move the soul, others get you goin', absolutely love this cd, have turned friends and family onto it also, highly recommend
Tea_Lover More than 1 year ago
I loved how the music was all instrumental, but still had pop and classical music. A very good performer who has a little to offer everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago