While watching HBO's Joshua Bell: A YoungArts Masterclass, it is easy to see that it's all about the kids. The world-renowned violinist checks his ego at the door, focusing his efforts on Mendelssohn, Bach and his youthful ritornello, who clearly idolize their enthusiastic coach.
A resurgence of the power metal band Accept has gone over the heads of most listeners. A new release, however, stems away from the metal-ocalypse (slightly) and introduces an old tune we know and love: Edvard Grieg's "Morning Mood."
Metallica is a band that likes the video camera. A lot. But for a band who clearly over-documents (and has a new studio album forthcoming), footage of their practice sessions has proved surprisingly scarce. Until now...
A more touching spectacle took place during the in memoriam segment--initiated by the first few bars of Lang Lang's Tchaik--despite misspelling Corey Monteith's name and excluding other revered names.
The Chinese piano superstar has a very different take on the classical masters.
The Grammys will play host to a new invention of orchestral thrash this year, as the deft concert pianist Lang Lang will team up with metal pioneers Metallica. This wouldn't be the first time the heavy quartet paired up for an orchestral hybrid--"Carol of the Bells" being an earlier collaboration with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
Metallica is nothing new for Grammy viewers, being one of the few bands to emerge from the dark depths of metal and gain mainstream awareness. Far fewer are familiar with Lang Lang, the classical pianist with whom Metallica will share the stage with during its Grammy Awards performance. Classical fans know Lang's name well, but hopefully they'll give us a break for offering a brief profile so the rest of the world can catch up.