This heavy metal version of Shostakovich’s 5th symphony is truly rocktageous

17 August 2015, 12:53

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Two movements of Shostakovich’s majestic 5th symphony have now been metalicized. Horns up.

Guitarist, arranger and all-round clever person Connor Gallagher has followed up a previous video of the final movement with another, this time of the second movement of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5.

Prepare thine ears for a most righteous battering:

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The video, by composer and musician Connor Gallagher, is a radical reworking of the final movement of Shostakovich’s Symphony no. 5.

Taking his cues from the world of heavy metal, Gallagher reinterprets the climactic movement of the symphony complete with insane vibrato and major fuzzbox abuse.

He wrote on Facebook: “I'm not even a fan of heavy metal, I just thought this would be funny joke as my friends know how much I absolutely adore this symphony.”

Here’s Leonard Bernstein conducting the same movement with intense gusto:

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