Category Archives: Classical


And we’re back.

The blog has been quite for a while, I was indisposed elsewhere. Hopefully I can now get back to a more regular series of updates.

OK, so when I was searching for something else I came across this awesome duo. If you are a regular you will know my penchant for stringed instruments, in particular guitars, cellos and violins. So here we go two out of three ain’t bad.
Then take another penchant of mine, classical / rock crossover.

So meet MOZART HEROES, Chris Krebs (Violoncello) and Phil Seeholzer (guitar) and they hail from Lucerne, Switzerland. And they play like the devil is on their ass. This is some amazing kick ass rock n roll.

Now this is the first track that put me in their realm. An awesome blending o

f Mozart and Metallica. I love the way that this track starts of in such a genteel manner, albeit a tad faster than one would expect. And then the fury erupts.
Kick back and enjoy.
Mozart – Metallica (Symphony No. 40 – Enter Sandman)

Arrangements: MOZART HEROES
Director: Peter “Jackson” Arnold
Artists: Chris & Phil, MOZART HEROES
Executive producer: Augenblickmedia GmbH
– Symphony No. 40 written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
– Enter Sandman written by James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich & Kirk Hammett


You start of with a beautiful arrangement of La Catedral, and then of course you get Thunderstruck. The AC/DC piece has long been a favorite, and was even more so when friends of ours got married and the grooms 85 year old father escorted the bride down the isle to the sound of Thunderstruck. Awesome event, as is this video.
Barrios – AC/DC (Thunderstruck)

Arrangements: MOZART HEROES
Director: Kim Sokola + Simon Bolzern
Artists: Chris & Phil, MOZART HEROES
This is a arrangement by MOZART HEROES playing:
– Augustin Barrios, La Catedral
– AC/DC, Thunderstruck written by Angus and Malcom Young


The biggest problem as I wonder through their repertoire is what to include and what to leave out. I couldn’t leave this out being a big James Bond fan as well as a huge fan of Adele. This is a bit more gentle.
James Bond Medley

Arrangements: MOZART HEROES
Mixing: Ralph Zünd @ 2INCH RECORDS.COM
Mastering: Dan Suter @ ECHOCHAMBER.CH
Artists: Chris & Phil, MOZART HEROES
Executive producer: SOUNDCATERING GmbH

– Skyfall written by Adele & Paul Epworth
– Diamonds are Forever written by John Barry
– The World is not enough written by David Arnold & Don Black
– Dr. No Main Theme written by Monty Norman


I’m a sucker for everything “Game of Thrones”, especially the theme tune. I sit through it for every episode even though it is on DVR and I could fast forward to the action. This is an awesome mesh of Suite No 1, G Major and the main theme from GOT. Got it? Enjoy it.
Game of Thrones – Bach

Arrangements: MOZART HEROES
Director: Silvan Bucher, syn
Artists: Chris & Phil, MOZART HEROES
Dancers: Emma Skyllbäck, Maurice Klemm
Fire Artist: Joseph Stenz
Filmed at castle Attinghausen, Switzerland

– Suite No 1, G Major by Johann Sebastian Bach
– Main Theme “Game of Thrones” written by Ramin Djawadi

We’ll have to make this the last of the day. And what a gem, a straight up rendering of Vivaldi, and i love me some Vivaldi. This is from a live appearance in the Stadtkeller, Lucerne (CH). And what an awesome way to leave them.
Vivaldi – Four Seasons (Presto) Summer Storm

Arrangements: MOZART HEROES
Director: Till Gmür,
Artists: Chris & Phil, MOZART HEROES
Assistent: Andreas Bossard

– Written by: Antonio Vivaldi, Four Seasons, Presto Summer


Fascinating Aïda

I can’t believe it’s been this long since Fascinating Aïda was here, they are so funny.
On an earlier post in the old blog I had two of their great songs “Cheap Flights” and “Dogging”, both particularly British phenomenons.

Fascinating Aïda have in the past been described as “Absolutely Fabulous meets Noel Coward, as sung by the Andrew Sisters.”

So after checking around I found some new songs I’d missed.

First up is Fascinating Aïda’s post-Brexit song, this is hilarious whether you were for or agin Brexit. Or even if you don’t care. Check it out.

So Sorry Scotland

Sung by Fascinating Aïda at the Spiegeltent, Assembly, Edinburgh Festival 2016. “SO SORRY SCOTLAND”by Lyrics by Adèle Anderson, Liza Pulman & Dillie Keane: Music by Dillie Keane. Filmed by LA Media. With enormous thanks to William Burdett-Coutts and Sharon Burgess.

Now this one resonates with me a bit, and only they could make it funny. Though to be accurate Laura Linney did a pretty good job on it in the Showtime series a few years back.

So kick back and enjoy their take on the Big C.
Big C

As part of World Cancer Day (4th Feb 2017), we’ve decided to release this song on YouTube. Adèle, of course, was diagnosed with Big C in the spring of 2015 and we felt we had to write a song about it, if only to make ourselves laugh. It made it into our 2016 Edinburgh show – “Back In The Saddle” – and when we finally reconvene in 2018, it will no doubt make an appearance then too. Filmed by LA Media at the Assembly Spiegeltent, taken from the Fascinating Aïda DVD BACK IN THE SADDLE, available from their website.

For those of us outside the UK. Here the official version, but I like the Fascinating Aïda description better.
“OFSTED is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. We inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people, and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages.”
Enjoy this song about Ofsted.
OFSTED song for teachers

Fascinating Aïda in this video are: Dillie Keane in the blue. Adele Anderson in red. And, in yellow, the glorious Liza Pulman.

This final gem tips their hat to Gilbert & Sullivan among others, only Fascinating Aïda could bring humour into the banking arena. Enjoy.
The Market

Elin Ivarsson

Meet another amazing Scandinavian songbird.
Elin Ivarsson is a very talented singer/songwriter from Kalix, Sweden, currently based in Brighton, England. Kalix is close to Finland, sadly a section of Sweden I never got to visit.

Elin Ivarsson is a mean classical guitar player, her mastery of the instrument is just sublime. And her songwriting skills are superb, she writes stripped back songs from the heart. They are things of beauty, each to be admired in their own light.

So do we want to hear the music? Of course, let’s get to it.

First up today Louie Louié Presents – The wonderful Elin Ivarsson as she passes through to share this elegantly smooth and captivating performance of her track ‘Leaving Song’ for Stripped Back Bare live sessions. Amazing guitar work and beautiful vocals,
Leaving Song

Video directed, filmed, edited and graded by Louie Syred
(with great help from and a special thanks to Ben Cox and Julian Beresford of Gnarled Apple Productions )
Sound recorded, mixed and mastered by Louie Syred

I have always loved the skill shown when playing classical guitar, Andres Segovia and John Williams come to mind. Elin is a true master of the classical guitar, and this piece is sublime. An exquisite performance of ‘Lotty’ from Elin Ivarsson exclusively for the Clockwork Owl Sessions.

Recorded, mixed, shot and edited by Tim Bidwell at Clockwork Owl Studio.

A beautiful song about her homeland, and with that warm pure voice and her perfect guitar playing this is a song to savor. No real data about where and when this was recorded, the video was uploaded in July last year.

Recorded in Frankfurt 22 July 2016 while recording her latest album. More superb music. The title is my guess since no more info is given. But just kick back and listen, it’s just beautiful.
Another day older

Here’s a beautiful guitar piece, truly shows of her skills on the six strings.
A brilliant simplicity in the tune, yet not so simple to play.
Instrumental song

So today we close with Elin’s interpretation of one of Leonard Cohen’s lesser known songs (unless you are a long time fan). A beautiful version and just listen to the beauty of the guitar sound. This was recorded a few years back.
The Partisan

I’m sure Leonard would approve.