2CELLOS by Luka Šulić & Stjepan Hauser © 2011

Rating: 5/5

Summary: 2CELLOS are the dynamic, classically trained, celli duo of Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hausner. Given that Elvis is considered the King of Rock-n-Roll, these two might be considered the modern day wizards of instrumental music, creating an eclectic tracklist filled with popular rock and pop songs. The magic happens as these musicians use a variety of playing techniques, including rapid bowing, pizzicato, and percussive slaps to capture the melodic intricacies of popular music such as “Smooth Criminal,” “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” and “Welcome to the Jungle” with the same emotion and interpretation they would afford a piece of classical music.

Genre: Instrumental

Label: Sony Masterworks

Review: Simply put, these two guys make playing the cello cool! Every time I listen to this CD, I smile. While some classical music purist may disagree, I have come to realize that current pop and rock music can be filled with the same rhythmic complexities and melodic depth found in most classical performances. Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hausner impress me with their pure musicianship, sheer energy, and masterful interpretation of a wide range of artists from Michael Jackson to Nirvana.

There is nothing new about the cello, it has been around for centuries, and is still considered more of a rhythmic element in classical music pieces. Until more recently, the cello did not get a lot of recognition as a solo instrument. This duo’s approach, however, is to use the celli for both the rhythm and the melody of these songs in a bold and sometimes competitive, musical call and response form. In addition to the call and response commentary, Šulić and Hausner also place an emphasis on capturing and expressing the texture and percussive qualities of the rock and pop music they perform, which truly makes each piece come alive. Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hausner have artfully knocked down the walls dividing two music genres, classical and rock/pop. While Beethoven may roll over upon hearing this work, Bach is definitely screaming, “rock on.”

Sound-a-likes: While nobody has the same energy or sounds exactly like the 2CELLOS, instrumental renditions of current pop and rock music by other, classically trained, artists such as the Vitamin String Quartet, The Section Quartet, The String Quartet, Break of Reality, or Apocalytica are already popular among listeners who enjoy instrumental music.

Availability: This music is available from the Lake Bluff Public Library as a CD or as downloadable music from the Library’s freegal music site. Check the Lake Bluff Library catalog for current availability!

 


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