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'Beethoven Shreds' review
The album "Beethoven Shreds" from The Great Kat
February 7, 2014
We gave you our
opinion of the “Beethoven's Guitar Shred” DVD released by
The Great Kat, but now let's focus on just the music for the CD
“Beethoven Shreds” featuring the same music selections.
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“The Flight of the Bubble-Bee” is already a fast-paced piece by Nikolai
Rimsky-Korsakov. To increase the speed requires absolute technical skill
and passion. You can truly picture swarming bees.
Beethoven's "Fifth Symphony” is complicated to master. It's synchronized
instruments with impeccable timing. To deconstruct it to solo shredding
must have been difficult and she does it beautifully.
"Torture Techniques" is a Great Kat original and you hear her scream the
lyrics with Domme fervor.
Bach's “Brandenburg Concerto #3” gives us a picture of what royal people
and the high lords and ladies of his time might have enjoyed for music.
The Great Kat converts it to something fit for more modern tastes and
"Islamofascists" uses simple lyrics with dynamic guitar shreds for a
pairing of contrasts.
Bach's “Art of the Fugue” is a lengthy work featuring 14 fugues and 4
canons. The Great Kat compresses it into a mere 32 seconds for her
interpretation of 2 harpsichords and a band.
As for "Paginini's "Caprice #24" Wikipedia says that it:
"is widely considered one of the most difficult pieces ever written for
the solo violin. It requires many highly advanced techniques such as
parallel octaves and rapid shifting covering many intervals, extremely
fast scales and arpeggios including minor scales in thirds and tenths,
left hand pizzicato, high positions, and quick string crossing.”
Nevertheless, many musicians have seen fit to adapt the piece, including
The Great Kat.
Interesting to note from the Houston Press:
"RO: Why aren't there more Beethoven pieces on your CD? Bach Shreds
would've been more accurate."
"TGK: Wake up! Just one Beethoven masterpiece is enough to send you
soaring into the universe with virtuosic, brilliant, powerful
complexity. Bach is brilliant, but Beethoven rules."
The songs may be short, but they pack a lot of punch at 300 BPM. The
album will have you researching the original works and comparing them to
her versions, thus educating the next generation of music connoisseurs.
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