From Heifetz to Perlman with some lesser known violinists in between, David Mellor believes these are the five players from the gramophone era that no one can beat. What do you think?
Surely the music for Final Fantasy couldn’t be any more epic… could it? How about an a cappella version? And what about Mario Bros for violin?
We’ve brought together some of our favourite classical versions of some of the most iconic video game tracks, from a cappella choirs to one guy on his violin.
The Super Mario Bros quartet
Final Fantasy VI – a cappella. That's right.
That's some pretty impressive vocal gymnastics, not to mention video-editing skills.
Mario Bros played by one guy on his violin
"Surely the theme to Mario Bros would never work on solo violin," we hear you say. How wrong you are…
Mortal Kombat in close harmony
This impressively slick video comes from The Warp Zone who've also recorded a cappella versions of The Pokemon Theme and the title music from Doctor Who … Unsurprisingly, this video is a bit gruesome.
Final Fantasy IX as a string quartet
Ok, so it's not a real string quartet. But this video shows a) a stack of musical talent and b) a whole load of thinking outside the box.
Super Marios go a cappella
Extra points for use of props.
The Legend of Zelda on classical guitar
A moment of relaxation courtesy of this brilliant cover of Koji Kondo's music for The Legend of Zelda
This amazing Nintendo medley
This guy (known as 'The String Player Gamer') arranges video game tracks and then uses a mixture of real instruments and MIDI keyboards to record his covers. Oh and he created a crazy conductor character (played by himself) to keep the whole thing together. You need this in your life.