by David Garrett


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With one foot planted firmly in pop and the other less securely in classical, David Garrett appears, out of necessity, to be a permanent crossover artist, not merely an occasional dabbler in genres. As he has demonstrated in his previous albums, he wants to encourage fans from the world of rock to appreciate his roots in classical music, while attracting admirers from the classical sphere for his technical flair and clever arranging skills. Music, Garrett's 2012 release on Decca, is a mix of pop hits -- Coldplay's "Viva La Vida," Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me a River," Michael Jackson's "Human Nature," Queen's "We Will Rock You," etc. -- and adaptations of pieces by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Clementi, and Khachaturian, among other selections that showcase his flamboyance and high energy. Of course, purists will dismiss this CD as a dilution of the originals, because the rock tracks are fairly constrained, even sanitized, in the effort to make them more piquant and delicate, while the classical pieces are coarsened by synthesizers, drum machines, and fake symphonic bombast (the Scherzo and the Ode to Joy from Beethoven's Ninth are to be lamented most for their mishandling). But showmanship is Garrett's claim to fame, not subtlety, and he displays a curious blend of camp and sensitivity to his materials to make his over-the-top showmanship somehow forgivable, if not appealing to everyone. Still, casual listeners will get something out of this album, or at least recognize a few tunes that will point them to other recordings.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/20/2012
Label: Universal Import
UPC: 0602537158768
catalogNumber: 3715876
Rank: 43851

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Garrett   Primary Artist,Violin
Arturo Sandoval   Trumpet,Brass
John Haywood   Piano,Keyboards
Ricciotti Ensemble   Ensemble
Jeffrey Ryan Lipstein   Drums,Keyboards
TMS   Keyboards
Franck Van Der Heijden   Acoustic Guitar,Conductor,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Jeff Allen   Bass
Marcus Wolf   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Ian De Jong   Concert Master
European Community Choir   Choir, Chorus
Dirk De Moor   Choir Master

Technical Credits

Ludwig van Beethoven   Composer,Original Material
Muzio Clementi   Original Material
Aram Khachaturian   Composer
Jimmy Page   Original Material
Robert Plant   Original Material
Brian May   Composer
John Miles   Composer
John Paul Jones   Original Material
Johann Sebastian Bach   Composer
John Bettis   Songwriter
John Bonham   Original Material
Frédéric Chopin   Original Material
John Haywood   Arranger,Producer,Percussion Programming
Monty Norman   Original Material
Steve Porcaro   Composer
Rick Blaskey   Executive Producer,Management
Zequinha de Abreu   Composer
Tim Mosley   Composer
Justin Timberlake   Composer
Jaakko "JS16" Salovaara   Original Material
David Garrett   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes,Production Concept
Ville Virtanen   Composer
Chris Martin   Composer
Will Champion   Composer
Guy Berryman   Composer
Jonny Buckland   Composer
Jeffrey Ryan Lipstein   Percussion Programming
TMS   Producer,Percussion Programming
Jamie Corby   Management
Franck Van Der Heijden   Arranger,Producer,Percussion Programming
Nick Carter   Production Concept
Dustin Higgins   Engineer
Thomas Liebshin   Photo Art Direction
Scott Storch   Composer

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