Paul Mac: his music and views about classical music

Paul Mac is one of the leading figures in Australian electronic music. He is a songwriter, a musician and a producer. A Sydney Conservatorium of Music graduate & multi ARIA Award winner for his work with Itch-E & Scratch-E and…

 
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly with Sally Whitwell

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly as played by Australian pianist Sally Whitwell @sallywhitwell. Sally plays piano, toy piano, harpsichord, recorder and melodica. Peter Giesemann sped up the original movie footage by 250% and matched with Sally’s performance. classikON…

 
Breakdance meets Classical Music – The Visual Translation

German, and four times breakdancing world champions, Flying Steps, and opera director Christoph Hagel interpret Bach’s composition and translate into choreography. They bring the two worlds to new audiences. The video above explains the concept behind Red Bull Flying Bach.…

 
The Seekers Emerald City

The Seekers Emerald City tells the story of the singer’s visit to the Emerald City in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It was recorded in 1967 for Christmas release. The tune is based on Ode to Joy from Beethoven’s Ninth…

 
Kylie Minogue and the Abbey Road Sessions

Kylie has just released The Abbey Road Sessions: orchestral reworkings of 16 of her songs reflecting on her 25 years at the top of the pop charts. Here is a slowed down and smooth rendition of “On a Night Like…

 
Beaker from The Muppets performs Ode To Joy

Thanks to Sally Whitwell for making me aware of these great Muppet classical music videos. In this one Beaker performs Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. What a great way to introduce kids to the lighter side of classical music. Have a…

 
Pop Culture Classical: Lady Gaga and Vittorio Monti

Napals native Vittorio Monti (6 January 1868 – 20 June 1922) was a conductor, violinist and composer. His most famous work is Csárdás was sampled by Lady Gaga in in her 2009 smash hit Alejandro. Watch both videos and hear…

 
Aston cover Rihanna’s Only Girl (In The World)

This classified pop song is one of many rearrangements done by this Sydney based group. Aston is a group of classical musicians who met while studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and they turn popular music into symphonic masterpieces.…

 
Promises by James Horner for The Amazing Spider-man

The soundtrack of The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) has some beautiful peieces writen by the American composer and conductor James Roy Horner. He has also written scores for many famous movies such as The Karate Kid and Avatar. I’m not usually…

 
Pop Culture Classical: Marques Toliver takes on the world with his violin

Marques Toliver trained in the Suzuki method from age 11 and has played classical music for most of his life. Only a few years ago he was busking in Brooklyn and sleeping on friends couches… he was determined to ‘make it’ in music. One day he was ‘spotted’ while busking and a recording session saw Marques’s talent shared with the world.

Marques is a new bread of classical musician fusing the old with the new and bringing a love of classical music into the mainstream.

 
Mozart’s Piano Sonata @ the Super Bowl

Car ads and classical music seem to go together. I wonder why! Does the classical music give the advertised car a sense of class or timelessness? I’m not sure but it is a formula that keeps on getting used. Anything…

 
Glee inspiring a new generation of classical music lovers?

A recent episode of Glee featured a cover version of David Guetta’s Without You. Here’s hoping the use of strings in this clip helps to inspire a few young minds to listen to some classical music. Have a great Pop…

 
Pop Culture Classical: Strauss @ the Games

Just in case you’re suffering Games withdrawals, here is a gymnastics ribbon performance by Ulyana Trofimova from Uzbekistan. The soundtrack is The Bat (Die Fledermaus) composed by Johann Strauss. Track available through iTunes Have a great Pop Culture Classical moment?…

 
Pop Culture Classical: INXS By My Side (1991) and Sydney Symphony Orchestra

I’ve always loved this song (and film clip)…the great INXS were a staple of every childhood of my generation. In By My Side, which was a huge it in 1991, they feature the string section of Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO).…

 
Pop Culture Classical: the Queens arrival spash was classic!

One of the highlights of this weeks opening ceremony had to be Daniel Craig as James Bond 007 escorting Her Majesty to the games. The music playing as 007 enters the palace is Solomon: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba…

 
Pop Culture Classical: Luke, I am your father

John Williams did a great job of bringing classical music back into the mainstream by composing such fantastic and expressive music for the Star Wars series of movies. This is The Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme) from Star Wars Episode…

 
Pop Culture Classical: Timeless Mozart in Jordan XX2 commercial

Although this is ad is a few years old – it is timeless and in no small part due to the music. This is Mozarts Requiem: Sequenz – Lacrimosa and according to Shazam it is performed by the St Olaf…

 
Pop Culture Classical: Musica Surfica

Classical music meets surfing’s best. Richard Tognetti AO (Artistic Director & leader of the Australian Chamber Orchestra) teams up with renown Aussie surfer Derek Hynd to bring you this marriage of the two art forms. Find out more about Musica…

 
Pop Culture Classical: Bugs Bunny belting out some Liszt

Bugs Bunny conducting Friska, from Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. There is something to be said about old cartoons and how much fun they seemed to have with serious subjects and serious music. Enjoy! More about Franz List on Wikipedia.…

 
Pop Culture Classical: 10 The Movie (1979)

The movie 10 (1979) was a huge hit and inspired many of us to run along the shoreline in slow motion, however I do wonder the kind of influence this scene has had on people… perhaps it goes some way…

 
Pop Culture Classical: The Blues Brothers (1980)

The Blues Brothers (1980) used Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries to great dramatic affect. Nothing like a comical car chase to get the blood pumping. Find out more about The Blues Brothers on IMDb Find out more about Richard Wagner…

 
Pop Culture Classical: Before Sunrise (1995)

The quintessential 90’s romantic movie, Before Sunrise (1995) using Bach’s Sonata for viola de gamba No. 1 in G. A beautiful end to a beautiful film. Find out more about Before Sunrise on IMDb Find out more about Johann Sebastian Bach on Wikipedia…

 
Pop Culture Classical: Before Sunrise (1995) & Bach’s Sonata

The quintessential 90’s romantic movie, Before Sunrise (1995) using Bach’s Sonata for viola de gamba No. 1 in G. A beautiful end to a beautiful film. Find out more about Before Sunrise on IMDb Find out more about Johann Sebastian…

 
Pop Culture Classical: Classical SciFi in the 5th Element (1997)

Film and classical music have always gone hand in hand. This clip form The 5th Element (1997), apparently in the space age future blue aliens perform beautiful arias with a backdrop of stars. Eric Serra composed this piece and had…

 
Pop Culture Classical: My earliest clear memory of classical music

My earliest clear memory of classical music would have to be Disney’s Fantasia, especially Mickey The Sorcerer’s Apprentice… I think this would have to be an early memory for many. More about Fantasia on Wikipedia. Have a great Pop Culture…

 
Pop Culture Classical: Hip Hop meets the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

Who said you can’t love classical music and hip hop! Listen to The Hard Road Restrung by the Hilltop Hoods featuring the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (music starts at 1:03) Have a great Pop Culture Classical moment? Send it to us:…

 
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