David Garrett’s goal: Pull rock fans into the classical world

David Garrett's goal: Pull rock fans into the classical world - USATODAY.com.

This guy is a pretty darn good violinist. And some of the arrangements are kind of fun, reminding me of Wendy Carlos' Switched on Bach, playful, even silly, but still effective.

You can hear excerpts of the tunes from his self-titled album on Amazon MP3.

Excerpt:

"Crossover music is a wonderful way for classical artists to reach out to new audiences," Garrett says. "But your goal must be to bring those people back into your own world."

That's the plan behind Rock Symphonies, Garrett's follow-up to the self-titled U.S. debut that made the 28-year-old former child prodigy the genre's hottest new star.

Like 2009's David Garrett — which entered Billboard's classical crossover chart at No. 1 and sold 80,000 copies, making him the year's best-selling new classical artist —Symphonies, which will be out Tuesday, mixes pop and classical pieces, this time focusing on arena rock.

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