[Dixielandjazz] Jazzing the Classics

Steve barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Tue Jun 21 06:06:32 PDT 2005

Well, maybe we Americans believe that classical music cannot be jazzed, or
swung, or hip hopped or technoed. But, it seems as if the Europeans believe
this piece can be.

Could Europe be more open to innovation and Improvisation than the USA?
Check out the below news release and the CD.

Steve Barbone

European Anthem: Council of Europe CD features new classical recording

Strasbourg, 20.06.2005 - A Council of Europe CD features a new classical
recording of the European anthem, based on Beethoven's "the Ode to Joy". The
CD is  being released in Strasbourg today, at the start of the June session
of the organisation's Parliamentary Assembly. The new recording was made by
the symphony orchestra of SWR, the German regional broadcaster based in the
Black Forest town of Baden-Baden. The orchestra, which was conducted by
Roland Kluttig, performed a rhapsodie arrangement by the French composer,
Christophe Guyard. The CD, entitled "Variations", also includes hip hop,
techno and jazz versions, as well as classical interpretations for piano and
church organ. It was originally released in January 2004. The official
version of the anthem, which is shared by the Council of Europe and the
European Union, remains the 1971 arrangement by the conductor Herbert von

To listen to the new recording:


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