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21 October 2016, 11:48
Metallica’s iconic ‘Nothing Else Matters’ is a masterpiece of accessible metal, and it was really only a matter of time before someone recorded it on a Renaissance lute.
The lines between hard rock and classical music, especially that of the Baroque period, have been well drawn for years now.
But this is a particularly righteous pairing for fans of Metallica and… err… John Downland. Lutenist David Hernández Romero has arranged the iconic melodic metal classic for his instrument - a 15-string beauty.
And far from being a po-faced re-imagining, it’s a delightful and stately work, making James Hetfield’s original sound like it really could’ve been written in the Renaissance period.
Metallica - Nothing Else Matters (Renaissance lute cover)
David Hernandez Romero's astonishing cover of the metal classic.
And if you want to hear what the lute's big brother sounds like, check out this theorbo improvisation:
The fantastic sound of an early 17th-century theorbo
An improvisation from David Bergmüller at Itinéraire Baroque en Périgord Vert.