David Garrett – Alive
David Garrett has cultivated the very appealing image of the bad boy of neoclassical and contemporary crossover music. His long-awaited Alive Tour makes a stop at Terme di Caracalla in Rome, a most appropriate venue for the German-born violin virtuoso’s grand instrumental acrobatics and larger-than-life arrangements of famous tunes. Often likened to a modern-day Paganini, the rock star violinist is a force of nature on stage that must be seen to be believed and truly appreciated. Charming and sweet one moment and fierce and breathless in the next, David Garrett’s Alive tour lives up to its name.
Alive is also the title of David Garrett’s recent studio album. In it, the virtuoso pays homage to the classical pieces and popular songs that have appeared in a range of beloved movies, series, and games and form the soundtrack of his life. The selection spans several centuries and many styles. ‘Confutatis’ by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart from the movie Amadeus and the ‘Allegretto’ from the Seventh Symphony by Ludwig Van Beethoven from The King’s Speech are among the tracks one would commonly expect from a classically trained musician. But David Garrett is so much more than that. Among his favourite soundtrack numbers, you can also find the Bee Gees’ ‘Stayin’ Alive’ from Saturday Night Fever, the Rolling Stones’ ‘Paint It Black’ from Full Metal Jacket, Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’ from Despicable Me 2, or ‘Beauty And The Beast’ from the timeless Disney film of the same title. Popular culture looms large on Garrett’s set list, and his arrangements show exciting new aspects of the many famous melodies. The virtuoso strips the songs of their vocals and lyrics to lay bare their musical essence and appeal.
David Garrett – Alive at the Baths of Caracalla in Rome is an event that promises excellent entertainment and world-class musicianship in a historic venue full of atmosphere. The open-air setting and the ancient backdrop gel perfectly together with the sometimes sophisticated and sometimes wild energy of the contemporary violin virtuoso.