It’s all about opinions and the Bowie Proms night split the critics. An assorted collection of musicians, some well-known others not so, took part in classical renditions from David Bowie’s back catalogue. It’s not the first time the Starman has received this treatment. Phillip Glass wrote The Low Symphony based on the album of the same name.
This listener enjoyed some of the different versions while others didn’t quite shake it right. The point is though, they were different and these were the type of experimentations that Bowie did throughout his long career.
In a nutshell capsule, all rock songs can be covered many ways unlike traditional classical music. You goes to the concert hall to hear Beethoven’s 5th and you will hear, note for note, the 5th. Any impromptus would displease the purists. So well played, The Proms for this improvised Fantastic Voyage with all time lows and heavy swells.
5 thoughts on “Bowie at The Proms”
Akshully what you call classical music is open to interpretation. Hence the demand for respected soloists and conductors to perform well-known works. If you ain’t heard Placido sing tge Pearl Fishers you ain’t lived! Menuhin made the best look ordinary! Rattle rocks! Trouble is some pop types think they can match the masters. Paul tried, and failed.
You Sure Know Something, J. Paul Stanley and the MSO was an Unholy coupling. Heaven’s On Fire. x
No no no, JW! Paul McBeatle!
You ruined my next line, J-Man. You were supposed to say “whom is Paul Stanley?” I’m saying it anyway.
Paul Stanley plays second fiddle to the tongue-flicking Gene Simmons in the powdered, powerful rock band Kiss. (The x was only to give you a hint, January Man, and not sent in a lustful way. My passionate kisses are saved for April, May, June or Morag). Like many others, Kiss have done the symphony and sold the T-shirt. Even the mighty Metallica have played with an orchestra!
This video has a good introduction (by PS) that OZ would like. You say tomato…
In my young day bands were supported by orchestras quite regularly but the digi-age us probably different.