Mozart Rhythm & Romance (Digital Only)
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||Saint Cecelia's Parade from the Aria, "Dove Sono" Marriage of Figaro K. 492||John Lee Sanders||4:27||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Musica de Noches - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, K.525 (Second Movement)||John Lee Sanders||5:29||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Memory in the Mist - from the Clarinet Concerto, K. 622 (Adagio)||John Lee Sanders||6:27||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Mozart in Mississippi - Piano Concerto No. 21, K. 467 (Second Movement)||John Lee Sanders||4:22||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Heart of Hearts - from Mass in C-Minor, K. 427||John Lee Sanders||5:13||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Samba Amadeus - Symphony #40 in G-Minor, K. 550||John Lee Sanders||5:17||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Au Revior Salzburg - Variation On "Alla Turca: Allegretto" Piano Sonata No. 11, K. 331||John Lee Sanders||5:07||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Rhythm & Romance - from the 2nd Movement "Romanze" Piano Concerto No. 20 In B-flat, K. 466||John Lee Sanders||4:57||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Paris in 1778 - from the Piano Sonata No. 10, K.310||John Lee Sanders||5:56||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Blue Rondo a la Miles - Variation On "Alla Turca: Allegretto" Piano Sonata No. 11, K. 331||John Lee Sanders||5:35||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Someone to Cling to - from Porgi Amor, Marriage of Figaro, K. 492 (Reprise)||John Lee Sanders||4:51||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Through the Storm - Variation on the Aria, Marriage of Figaro, K.492||John Lee Sanders||4:32||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
To a hardcore classical snob, the very idea of a non-classical tribute to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is offensive and insulting. People who feel that way insist that the music of Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, or any other European classical legend should be off limits to all rock, R&B, jazz, blues, and folk artists — period. But those who are more broad-minded would counter that yes, Mozart's music can, in fact, be interpreted — that it doesn't have to be placed under a sheet of glass and treated like an exhibit in a museum. Released in 2000, Mozart: Rhythm & Romance finds instrumentalist John Lee Sanders putting a 21st century spin on Mozart's work. This CD isn't always easy to categorize, although much of the material is either new age or jazz-pop. And while classical snobs will be horrified that Sanders would even think of recording this type of project, parts of Mozart: Rhythm & Romance are fairly creative. Instead of generalizing, it is best to evaluate the disc on a track-by-track basis. There are a few throwaways; "Heart of Hearts," "Someone to Cling To," and "Au Revior Salzburg" favor a boring NAC/instrumental pop sound along the lines of Kenny G or Richard Elliot — these tracks are totally forgettable. But Sanders is more creative on the Brazilian-flavored "Samba Amadeus" (which is based on Symphony No. 4 in G Minor) and "Mozart in Mississippi," which is influenced by soul-jazz and contains hints of Hank Crawford and David "Fathead" Newman. Meanwhile, "Memory in the Mist" favors a Celtic/new age blend — nothing remarkable, but pleasant enough. Mozart: Rhythm & Romance is definitely a mixed bag, but even though some tracks are disposable, the CD's more memorable offerings demonstrate that Mozart's melodies can be relevant to 21st century tastes.
Years Active: '90s, '00s