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    Audio Mixer: Wessel Oltheten. Liner Note Author: David Garrett . Photographer: Andreas Hosch. 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. ~ Blair Sanderson


    UPC 602537417919
    Runtime 52 min.
    Type Performer
    Genre Rock & Pop
    Label Verve Records
    Producer Franck van der Heijden; David Garrett; Haywood
    Number of Discs 1
    Track Listing Disc 1
    • 1. Viva La Vida
    • 2. Cry Me A River
    • 3. Scherzo
    • 4. Human Nature
    • 5. Tico Tico
    • 6. Nocturne: [Excerpt]
    • 7. Sonatina: [Excerpt]
    • 8. Sandstorm
    • 9. Music
    • 10. Gayane, ballet in 4 acts: Sabre Dance
    • 11. Double Harpsichord Concerto in C major: [Excerpt]
    • 12. We Will Rock You
    • 13. Celtic Rondo
    • 14. Ode to Joy: [Excerpt]
    • 15. Bring Me To Life
    Format Compact Disc
    Spars Coding n/a
    Artists Garrett, David
    Country of Origin United States

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      This is an excellent CD for all the David Garrett fans. Don't know who Blair Sandalwood is as a reviewer, but definitely not a fan.

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