Rik Rocks the Classics

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by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 2 July, 2011

Today’s programme focuses on rock (and other) interpretations of classical and earlier themes, so expect a sometimes noisy day’s listening.

We cross genres and periods with abandon today. You’ll hear electronic realisations thanks to the likes of Wendy Carlos and Tomita. Sixties and seventies classic rock from Dutch bands Ekseption and Trace, both founded by classically‐trained organist Rick van der Linden. You’ll hear the jazz arrangements of David Rees‐Williams and Warren Bernhardt. The steampunk sounds of Vernian Process, and the neo‐goth screaming virtuosic solos of Emilie Autumn. Then there’s Trance Opera. Not to mention some rocked‐up Renaissance and Mediaeval material.

We’ll go the other way too, with Metallica arranged for four cellos, a Mediaeval tribute to Black Sabbath (and a snatch of Jumi Hendrix), and Frank Zappa arranged for chamber orchestra by The Muffin Men. Today’s seques will sometimes be very, very dramatic.

Have a nice day.

And do join us at 11am and 7pm Pacific (7pm and 3am in the UK) for the latest instalments of our adventure serials in the ZBS Radio Hour (see separate entry).

Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin and produced by Radio Riel in conjunction with our friends at the Alexandrian Free Library Consortium of Second Life. You can listen to the programme in‐world now at http://main.radioriel.org, or simply click here to start your player, if your browser is configured to do so. Listeners in the United States are encouraged to tune in using this link: http://loudcity.com/stations/radio-riel/tune_in

For more information on the Alexandrian Free Library, current exhibits and the work of Consortium members in general, please visit the Alexandrian Free Library website, or one of their branches in‐world.


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