A couple friends on Facebook just shared links that got me turned up on 2CELLOS. Ripping rock songs on classical strings is nothing new, but Luca Sulic and Stjepan Hauser found a way to make all this hum with excitement.

Here’s the video they shared Tuesday, AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck.”

The premise of the video feels hokey — Electric Light Orchestra had the drop on these guys by a few decades — but 2CELLOS’ “Thunderstruck” still moves.

This shouldn’t really matter but Sulic and Hauser have that classical pedigree too — top-flight music schools and teachers, competition bona fides — so covering pop music isn’t the only thing they’ve done.

This gets me to thinking that we need more beefy, athletic pieces for classical musicians. How nice is it to dig in and break a few bow hairs? Classical players shouldn’t have to fall back on covers to sound like they’ve listened to music this side of the new millenium. Let’s draw up the crowd-pleasers along with the traditional stuff, right?

In the meantime, here’s 2CELLOS playing us out with a little MJ.


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