One part Hello. One Part Mozart. It adds up to a masterful YouTube cover by The Piano Guys. Chello is the name adopted by the group in the studio as it combines the music of Adele with Lacrimosa from Mozart’s Requiem.
Now that’s what we all need after a day of listening to political news or sports talk radio. Give me a damn stirring cello. While you can’t turn on the radio and not hear Adele’s Hello, most of us haven’t been exposed to Lacrimosa from Mozart’s Requiem:
Listen to that and flip back to the cover and you can hear the two meld together.
Need a deeper meaning as you share this around with friends and family? Lacrimosa’s literal meaning is ‘weeping’ or ‘tearful.’ Mozart’s goal was to evoke the feeling of spiritual death. Adele’s Hello is a bit different, mostly evoking the pain of a broken relationship.
Both share the same sadness across generations. Granted, one equaled millions in albums sales and an untold number of Spotify streams. Mozart? Well, he inspires millions beyond the grave, and his influence dips into every form music.
And then you have groups like The Piano Guys that seamlessly meld today’s hits with the standard bearers of music. It’s damn cool.
You might be wondering how the hell they managed to pull this off? 100 tracks of acoustic and electric cellos. Someone hated life in Adobe while piecing together 100 tracks to form the finished video.
The arrangement was put together by Al van der Beek and Steven Sharp Nelson. Nelson handled the electric and acoustic cellos while van der Beek created the percussion and vocal textures.
Editing all of it together fell to van der Beek at TPG Studios in Utah. Damn Al, let’s see a video of that process.
The performance was shot at the Tuacahn Amphitheatre in Ivins, Utah by Paul Anderson and Shaye Scott.
It all adds up to the best four minutes of your day. An entirely new way to listen to Hello and it’s never a bad thing to put a little Mozart in our lives.