iTunes Festival: London 2011 - EP
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||Nocturno (Live)||2CELLOS||4:38||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Oblivion (Live)||2CELLOS||3:53||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||With or Without You (Live)||2CELLOS||5:32||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Smells Like Teen Spirit (Live)||2CELLOS||2:53||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Smooth Criminal (Live)||2CELLOS||3:28||£0.99||View in iTunes|
The 2CELLOS experience is elevated to another level of excitement in a live setting. This set actually opens up in a more traditional manner, with Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser performing Tchaikovsky’s gentle “Nocturno” with piano accompaniment. With a piano, a trio performance of nuevo tango maestro Astor Piazolla’s “Oblivion” follows. That impassioned display perfectly sets up an understated yet emotive (and clearly welcome) reading of U2’s “With or Without You.” The aesthetic isn’t nearly as “classical-like” on a version of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” which features processed effects to give the four-stringed instruments a thrashed-out electric guitar sound at times. This set closes with a kinetic version of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal,” the song that originally made 2CELLOS viral video stars.
Good, but not the best selection
Loved their iTunes Festival performance - brilliant, energetic set. And so bought their equally superb album.
So why only 3 stars here? Because they played a number of songs that aren't on their album, and yet the only ones included in this EP were the two opening numbers, which weren't 2Cellos, but 1Cello (& a piano).
Where's the Green Day number, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, the 2 closing numbers backed by drums: plenty of opportunity to make more of their repertoire available.
So, that's why it's only 3 stars from me.
Genre: Classical Crossover
Years Active: '00s, '10s