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Mix Tape - Classical Piano Arrangements Of Pop Hits / Andrew Russo


Release Date: 08/12/2008 
Label:  Endeavour Classics   Catalog #: 1023   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Daniel FelsenfeldMarc MellitsPhil KlineDavid Lang,   ... 
Performer:  Andrew Russo
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For those who went to an American junior high or high school in the 1980s and ’90s, the mix tape was an important tool— a way for young people to encapsulate their identities. After carefully compiling the songs that meant the most to them, these tapes were often shared among friends or given to romantic companions. It was a way to say, “This is me” when verbal or interpersonal skills seemed inadequate.

Now a grizzled veteran of Generation X, Andrew Russo began to wonder what would happen if a number of American composers were asked to arrange their favorite tunes in their signature keyboard styles. Collaborating with composers such as Daniel Felsenfeld, Marc Mellits, Phil Kline, and David Lang, he presents the harmonies of
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Andrew Russo: piano, synthesizer, vocals
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Works on This Recording

1. All Tomorrow’s Parties "Good Times Just Seem to Pass Me By" (after Velvet Underground) by Daniel Felsenfeld
Performer:  Andrew Russo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
2. Play That Funky Music "Toscanini’s Glasses" (after Wild Cherry) by Daniel Felsenfeld
Performer:  Andrew Russo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
3. Three of a Perfect Pair "Menage a Deux" (after King Crimson) by Marc Mellits
Performer:  Andrew Russo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
4. Jerusalem "Curried Kafka" (after Emerson, Lake and Palmer) by Marc Mellits
Performer:  Andrew Russo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
5. Search and Destroy (after The Stooges) by Phil Kline
Performer:  Andrew Russo (Piano)
6. Born to Be Wild (after Steppenwolf) by David Lang
Performer:  Andrew Russo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
7. The Corner (after Common) by Glenn Kotche
Performer:  Andrew Russo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
8. Dead Beat Club (after The B-52s) by Evan Ziporyn
Performer:  Andrew Russo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
9. The Promise (after Tracy Chapman) by Andrew Russo
Performer:  Andrew Russo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
10. You're Beautiful (after James Blunt) by Andrew Russo
Performer:  Andrew Russo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
11. Rosalinda’s Eyes "I Know How Good You Are" (after Billy Joel) by J. C. Sanford
Performer:  Andrew Russo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
12. Portrait of Tracy (Jaco Pastorius) by Anthony Molinaro
Performer:  Andrew Russo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
13. Cars (after Gary Numan) by Ken Ueno
Performer:  Andrew Russo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
14. Street Spirit "Fade Out" (after Radiohead) by Ed Ruchalski
Performer:  Andrew Russo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 

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