Wednesday, April 9, 2014

CD REVIEW: Classic Rock by Jenny Oaks Baker (violin)




ABOUT THE ALBUM

Grammy-nominated #1 Billboard Violinist Jenny Oaks Baker takes her style to an all-new level with her new release, Classic: The Rock Album. Featuring classic rock favorites like Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin), Sweet Child of Mine (Guns and Roses), and Yesterday (The Beatles), you won't believe your ears as one of the country's most accomplished and acclaimed violinists combines her insane talent with the heart-pumping tunes that have defined a genre for generations.

See here for song samples.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Grammy Nominated Artist Jenny Oaks Baker is one of America’s most accomplished violinists. She received her Master of Music degree from the renowned Juilliard School in New York City and her bachelor’s degree in violin performance from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

She has released eleven albums since 1998. They consistently chart on Billboard, including the #1 spot on the Top Classical Albums chart. Her album Wish Upon a Star earned a nomination for the 54th GRAMMY Awards for Best Pop Instrumental Album.

Jenny Oaks Baker has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and with the Jerusalem Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Utah Symphony, and the internationally acclaimed Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Jenny performed as a first violinist with the National Symphony Orchestra for seven years before resigning to devote more time to her young family. Jenny and her husband Matthew have four children.

REVIEW

I'm not sure what I can say about this album, except that it's amazing! I highly recommend you listen to it yourself because nothing I say will be adequate.  I've always enjoyed violin music and those who make it. Jenny Oaks Baker is one of my favorite violin musicians and this album just re-enforces that opinion. I was a bit surprised at some of her music choices, but after listening to them realize that she chose well and plays each piece beautifully. Highly recommended.


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