Classical Music

Pete Townshend on why the Who lends itself to classical reinterpretation: ‘Pulled all the stops’

Pete Townshend on why the Who lends itself to classical reinterpretation: ‘Pulled all the stops’

Pete Townshend breaks down the Who’s individual strengths when it comes to recasting their music in an orchestral setting.

Royal Philharmonic with Gavin Harrison + Guthrie Govan, “21st Century Schizoid Man” (2015): Exclusive stream

Royal Philharmonic with Gavin Harrison + Guthrie Govan, “21st Century Schizoid Man” (2015): Exclusive stream

Here’s an exclusive stream of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s collaboration with Gavin Harrison and Guthrie Govan on a King Crimson classic.

Garth Hudson, “Garth Largo” from Largo (1998): Across the Great Divide

Garth Hudson, “Garth Largo” from Largo (1998): Across the Great Divide

Garth Hudson’s genius has been rightly celebrated across all manner of disciplines. “Largo,” perhaps his least-heralded triumph, reminds us why.

Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour on taking over for Roger Waters: ‘Not a burden I was particularly relishing’

Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour on taking over for Roger Waters: ‘Not a burden I was particularly relishing’

David Gilmour makes some frank admissions about assuming leadership of Pink Floyd after Roger Waters’ acrimonious departure.

For Emerson Lake and Palmer, completing “Toccata” was quite a journey: ‘He looked like he was in pain!’

For Emerson Lake and Palmer, completing “Toccata” was quite a journey: ‘He looked like he was in pain!’

Emerson Lake and Palmer ended up a quest to gain permission from the original composer of this stand-out track from 1973’s ‘Brain Salad Surgery.’

Deep Purple + Bruce Dickinson, others – Celebrating Jon Lord: The Rock Legend (2014)

Deep Purple is reliably good on ‘Celebrating Jon Lord.’ The surprises, however, come from one-of-a-kind combinations of acolytes and fans.

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble – Sketches of Spain Revisited (2014)

There is no small amount of blasphemy going on here.

Something Else! sneak peek: Bruce Hornsby, “Life in the Psychotropics” from Solo Concerts (2014)

Something Else! sneak peek: Bruce Hornsby, “Life in the Psychotropics” from Solo Concerts (2014)

After a period of exploring roots music, Hornsby takes a bold step.

‘This is not going to go anywhere': The Eagles’ Joe Walsh didn’t have a guitar as his first instrument – or his second

‘This is not going to go anywhere': The Eagles’ Joe Walsh didn’t have a guitar as his first instrument – or his second

Most rock fans can recite Joe Walsh’s CV from memory: James Gang, the Eagles, solo artist. Maybe most important of all: Guitar god. But it wasn’t always thus. In fact, Walsh’s first instrument was not a guitar. Neither was his second.

Dave Baker, with Rich Kurtz – Blended (2013)

That the university-trained, classical inspired guitarist Dave Baker is so handy with interpreting pop sounds should come as no surprise. After all, he found early fame opening for fellow Temple products Hall and Oates on tour.