Contemporary Compositions by Rock Musicians

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Claudio Monteverdi was a groundbreaking composer of operas and sacred music 400 years ago.  John Paul Jones played bass and keyboards in the rock band Led Zeppelin.  Should be pretty easy to tell them apart, wouldn’t you think?  Well, think again.  Classical music has come from some unusual sources, and this time on The Furthermore, much of it comes from rock musicians, including a string quartet from the singer/songwriter Elvis Costello,  and another from the indie rock guitarist Bryce Dessner.  Contemporary rock and contemporary classical come together when Björk, the Icelandic singer, takes on the music of Meredith Monk; and even the Beatles get dragged into the mix courtesy of the contemporary viola da gamba player (yes, there is such a thing) Roy Wheldon. 

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Roy Wheldon – Prelude and Divisions on She’s So Heavy, excerpt
Roy Wheldon, viola da gamba

Claudio Monteverdi – Zefiro Torna
Red Byrd ensemble

John Paul Jones – So Elle Encina
Red Byrd ensemble

Dessner/Newsome – Kapsberger
Clogs ensemble

J. H. Kapsberger/arr. Lislevand – Arpeggiata addio
Rolf Lislevand, lute, with ensemble

Meredith Monk – Gotham Lullaby
Björk, vocals; Brodsky String Quartet

Elvis Costello – Romeo’s Séance
Elvis Costello, vocals; Brodsky String Quartet

Irena & Vojtech Havel – Little Blue Nothing
Irena Havel, Vojtech Havel – violas da gamba

Bryce Dessner – Little Blue Something
Kronos Quartet

Roy Wheldon – Prelude and Divisions on She’s So Heavy
Roy Wheldon, viola da gamba

John Paul Jones – Al Son de los Arroyuelos
Red Byrd ensemble