The musical comedy duo of violinist Aleksey Igudesman and pianist Hyung-Ki Joo have released “Give It up for Mo”, a not-to-be-missed video mashup of Mozart works, Gloria Gaynor, the Beatles, and Pachelbel’s Canon. After a rockin’ count-off of “1… 2… 1, 2, 3, 4” they begin a refined arrangement of the overture from Mozart’s Magic Flute. That lasts only for a moment before they launch into Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive”. Next, they play into a fancy version of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”. If that isn’t silly enough, they segue back into “I Will Survive”. But this time, Igudesman sings the song (with his thick, Russian accent) in the style of a dramatic Mozart opera. After other assorted bits of silliness, including Ingudesman playing his violin with some weird vibrating device, they enlist the audience in serenading a man and his wife with the bass line from Pachelbel’s Canon. While the audience sings, Igudesman beat boxes and Joo raps about giving it up for Mo (Mozart), Beethoven, and Liszt. The duo finishes up with “Using Classical Music Is Free”, about how pop and rap stars sample classical music free of cost, to the melody of the Beatles’s “Let It Be”.
“Give It up for Mo” is just one of the hilarious songs from Igudesman and Joo’s new show, “And Now Mozart”. Check out the video below.
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