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  • Audio CD (February 3, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00019PD2A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,270 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I enjoy classical music and afro-cuban music.
Gregory J. Plante
The music sounds very interesting when classic melodies blended with swing and jazz.
ArchiZona
Some of the renditions make for quite a romantic evening if I may add.
Wilfredo Negron

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Lovins HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 17, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Sony Classical presents "Classic Meets Cuba", a classical period blending jazz, with a key ingredient of tradition, Renaissance and Cuban Salsa thus enters the Klazz Brothers & Cuba Percussion ~ Tobias Forster (piano), Kilian Forster (bass)(are the Klazz Brothers), Tim cock (drums), Alexis Herrera Estevez (timbales/vocal/cuban percussion) and Elio Rodriguez Luis (congas/vocal/cuban percussion) ~ witness a new sound of classical European compositions thrown into a swing and latin jazz syndrome ~ a variety of Cuban rhythms surface and melodic sparks fly. Listen and experience breath taking sessions with ultra high anxiety with selections from Bach, Beethoven, Bizet, Brahms, Chopin, Haydn, Monti, Mozart, Rimsky-Korsakov and Schubert ~ spontaneous interaction find a common musical bond complementing some very high talented musicians who stem from different parts of the world and cultures ~ music can bridge any obstacle.
Entire album is an interesting connection between three Germans and two Cuban musicians ~ without any interpreters we understand what is being performed and said here, music once again is the universal language ~ it is stronger today than ever...gotta love it!
Total Time: 70:32 on 16 Tracks ~ Sony 93090 ~ (2/03/2004)
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Crossover efforts are always risky ventures that dance precariously between creative and contrived. There is definitely some of the latter on this 2002 recording, but surprisingly, far more of the former as the fruitful teaming of three German classical-jazz musicians and a pair of Cuban percussionist/vocalists puts a hearty Latin-flavored spin on some very familiar classics. Two of the Klazz Brothers, pianist Tobias Forster and bassist Killian Forster, took a fortuitous trip to Cuba and concluded the popular classical pieces they usually played could easily be adapted to the Cuban- and Afro-Cuban Jazz styles.

The beat-heavy results bear them out, as they developed fresh, energetic and lyrical arrangements of standard works by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn, Chopin, Schubert and others, that still respect the original compositions. The jazzed-up titles aptly (if a bit too preciously) reflect the changes - Mozart's Symphony No. 40 transforms into "Mambozart", Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 becomes "Salsa No. V", and Bizet's Carmen Suite turns into "Carmen Cubana". With titles like those, some of the pieces, perhaps because of their familiarity, come across as a bit too trite, for example, "Afrolise", which sounds bit too cocktail loungey to be too revitalizing a take on Beethoven's "Für Elise", and "Guten Abend", which sounds a bit like a somnambulant Vince Guaraldi take on Brahms's original lullaby.

However, the high points are abundant, starting with the three movements of Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 8 "Pathétique," exciting pieces that feel culturally transformed by the sultry romanticism of the Cuban beats crowned by Tobias Forster's virtuoso playing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on February 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Bach, Brahms, Mozart, Chopin and other highbrow icons get the royal Latin dance treatment... I was skeptical, to say the least, when I popped this one into my stereo, but when it started to play, my doubts were dispelled. Both the Afro-Cuban and the European classical traditions get their proper due, and the arrangements are neither sugary nor awkward. Some nice lyrical passages, and plenty of killer percussion as well. Worth checking out!
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By Pinkadoink on September 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I picked up this CD , with the IMPORT label stucked on the cover - verdict - it can't be tested... no testing allowed.

Sigh , anyway i heard the shop assistant told me this is not a bad CD, so i took the risk of picking it and purchase it.

I HAVE NO REGRETS AT ALL!

I practucally listend to it EVERYDAY.....

Track that i love the most is Czardas ( for Violin and Piano).

THe arrangement for this piece is MARVELLEOUS! I have no words for it,i loved the intro, the entry ....which moves in at the minute 2, and the most mindblowing part is towards the 30 seconds before the music ends :)

TRUST ME. THIS IS A SUPERB COLLECTION.

I've never encountered such a fine collaboration of Cuban Percussion + Classical Music with Jazz swing.
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By DahlDevito on August 23, 2006
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Like others, I was skeptical when I heard about the idea, but this collection easily won me over. What I find so interesting is that the arrangements are so good, so creative, it's as though these well-known classical pieces were *written* as Cuban music. You find yourself completely accepting this genre-bending experiment.

Extremely enjoyable -- as is their companion album, "Jazz Meets Cuba".
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By LCSteve on November 8, 2007
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I heard one cut from this album and wanted to buy the whole CD. I love classical music. I also enjoy Cuban and salsa music. Combining the two seems almost impossible but the Klazz Brothers do it, and do it exceptionally well. They have managed to meld the beauty of classical with the joy of Cuban rhythm. This is a FUN CD, and an exciting one. It's music you can listen to and enjoy repeatedly.
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I f you enjoy listening to to salsa and have a love for the classics ,you must add the Klazz Brothers to your collection. I have had to purchase this CD 3 times. After letting friends and acquaintances listen to it on my system they absolutely fell in love with their interpretations. One of my acquaintances gave it to his wife as an anniversary present. Some of the renditions make for quite a romantic evening if I may add. I find myself trying to choreograph some of the selections, they are that inspiring! I share some of the live performances from "You Tube". Since I do not pirate music it gives me pleasure to own an original . Hurrah for the Klazz Brothers.
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