This recording is something I have wanted to do for a very long time. It takes all the parts of a symphony orchestra (violins, violas, cellos, flutes, oboes, etc.) and arranges them for electric and bass guitars. Through the miracle of overdubbing I was able to build each piece one instrument at a time. I have played parts of these pieces for years even doing two guitar metal-type arrangements. But that was never satisfying enough. I always wanted to play the whole piece. But not being 30 guitar players (or having much hope of gathering even a fraction of that all in one place even for an evening- not to mention a year- and have them agree on anything!!!!!!) I set out to do it myself.
The whole process of arranging, learning, recording, and mixing all the parts was even bigger than I initially imagined. It took over a year. Then came the mastering. Thank goodness I had the help of two wonderful people I am proud to call friends, Mike Gardner and Brad Spiker. Both were indispensable in the making of this recording. I started the process after some coaching from Brad and sent both him and Mike many recordings and waited anxiously for their replies. Mike's ears must be as big as a house because he hears everything. He was so helpful with suggestions. All of them spot on. Brad sat with me during much of the mastering process being careful to let me make the decisions with light-handed guidance.
Coming out from the other side of the rabbit hole I now know I know even less than I did before. But that is a good thing. I think it's a really good record. I also think it's something quite new with very old tunes.
Anyone that know me knows how much I love Mozart. Most of the pieces are by him but the other four (Vivaldi, Bach, Haydn and Paganini) are favorites as well. I tried to represent their music in a graceful and respectful manner but with a couple twists here and there. It is my hope that they would approve.