After entertaining us with her covers of the DuckTales and Knight Rider themes, cellist Samara Ginsberg is back with something a bit more ominous. Her 8-part take on Bernard Herrmann’s Prelude from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho will definitely have you looking over your shoulder the next time you take a shower.
Between the excellent theme music for The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett, Ludwig Göransson is setting himself as the Star Wars franchise’s new go-to composer. Sit back and enjoy this great cover of the Boba Fett theme performed in three parts on cello by Nicholas Yee.
Something about Radiohead’s music lends itself very well to being played on string instruments. Zack Reaves‘ multi-track performance of Everything In Its Right Place is a perfect example, as the warm and expressive sounds of the cello bring out even more emotion in the track. He also did a great cover of Burn the Witch.
Cellist Helen Newby has posted a handful of great multi-track performances on her YouTube channel, and our favorite so far has to be this enveloping cover of one of the best songs ever, The Cranberries’ soul-stirring track Linger. It’s a beautiful arrangement, and a loving tribute to the late Dolores O’Riordan.
Listen up as NPR’s offices are filled with rich and vibrant sounds made by musician Kian Soltani and his rare Giovanni Grancino cello, made way back in 1680. The tracks are Hungarian Rhapsody by Popper, Nacht und Träume by Schubert (arr. Soltani), and Persian Fire Dance, by Soltani himself. That’s Christopher Schmitt on piano.
Look at the stars. Look how they shine for you. Musicians Marnie and Patrick Laird aka the Brooklyn Duo are back with another heartfelt performance, this time bringing their piano and cello talents to the Coldplay track Yellow. Even if the original didn’t give you the feels, this version surely will.
Marnie and Patrick Laird of Brooklyn Duo turn in a wonderfully emotive and pared-down acoustic arrangement of the 1983 Tears for Fears classic, based off of the Gary Jules and Michael Andrews version which gave the track a second life back in 2001. Also, that carbon fiber cello is sweet.
Just in time to get us in the mood for Season 2 to debut, musicians Brooklyn Duo and Cicely Parnas turn in an amazing live performance of Ramin Djawadi’s intense main theme from HBO’s Westworld. Be sure to check out their Bach Cello Suite No. 1, if you get a chance.
We recently came across this amazing arrangement of Radiohead’s hit Paranoid Android, performed as a series of layered cello tracks by musician George Durham, with the string instrument taking on duties of both the melodic and rhythmic parts of the 1996 classic.