6 of the best classical music shreds

2 July 2014, 17:42

The shred video phenomenon has made its way to classical music, and we've selected some of the very best, including Lang Lang, Itzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma, all sounding completely awful. Enjoy...

Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Pearlman

With the eyes of the world watching Barack Obama's inauguration, the focus turns to this dynamic duo. This shred version of their performance, however, turns the occasion into a horrifying atonal mess. 

 

Lang Lang

Everything about this one is sublime, from the audience's welcome to Lang Lang's amazing lack of pedal control and the little whiny noises. Amazing.

 

Pinchas Zukerman

He's tooled up with a Stradivarius, but Pinchas can't play it for toffee. And after such an inspiring chat, too!

 

Radek Baborak and Daniel Barenboim

Baborak's delicious horn tone is given a complete re-mangling, replaced with the sound of a (not especially good) beginner. Daniel Barenboim seems blissfully unaware. What a pro.

 

Glenn Gould

The enigmatic genius, the legend of the piano, the best Bach interpreter of his generation: no-one tops Glenn Gould. Except he sounds horrendous (again, kudos on the whiny pianist noises). 

 

Itzhak Perlman and Zubin Mehta

Vivaldi's Four Seasons as you've never heard it before. And as you'd never want to hear it again. 

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