Josh Groban Ain't Your Parents' Classical Music
The Avion Online
January 26, 2003
By Frederico Martinez
Classical music’s newest star, Josh Groban, mixes traditional classical music with Broadway and pop styles in his new CD/DVD release “Josh Groban in Concert.”
Josh Groban is one of the most talented new singers to hit the music scene in many years. Born in L.A. in 1981 he has had a fairly quick rise to fame much like Charlotte Church.
Groban’s voice (baritone) is quite remarkable for someone his age. He attended the Carnegie Mellon University’s music and theatre program.
“Josh Groban In Concert” represents a new trend in entertainment that could be called a truly multimedia experience. The package includes two discs.
The first one is an audio CD of some of his best live performances. It features collaborations with some of the best musicians in the business, including-award winning conductor John Williams, violinist Lili Haydn, pianist David Foster and R&B singer Angie Stone.
The song selection has a great variety. From classics like “O Holy Night” and Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring,” to more modern songs like John Williams’s “For Always” and Don McLean’s “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night).”
The second disc is a DVD containing some of the same songs that appear on the CD plus a few classical pieces that do not appear on the audio CD.
The DVD has a few extras including a "Making of the Special" and backstage footage.
The music is what could be classified as classical-crossover. It composed in equal measure by elements of Broadway musicals, pop and classical music. It will probably not please some classical music purists, but hopefully it will attract a younger crowd that would otherwise not have a chance to be exposed to some of the world’s most wonderful music.