Hailed as one of Ireland’s well-recognized violinists, Gregory Harrington’s legacy posits itself along with adroit artists like Lindsey Stirling and Andrea Bocelli.
With three critically acclaimed albums in his bag, Harrington has traveled the world to perform in some of the world’s greatest concert halls for Presidents, the United Nations, and in presence of millions of music fans at arenas and stages worldwide.
In an exclusive feature with CelebMix, the violinist is premiering his album “Without You”. Set to be released tomorrow, the new album is a beautiful tribute to the artist’s late father.
With an aim to breathe new life in the classic pop and Jazz standards, Harrington offers a unique rendition to the songs he chooses for his endeavor. The album includes songs from U2 (“With or Without You”), George Gershwin(“Summertime”) Leonard Cohen (“Hallelujah”), Joseph Kosma (“Autumn Leaves”), Rodgers and Hart (“It Never Entered My Mind”), and many others. The list doesn’t end here. The extensive music project also includes Michael Giacchino’s “Life and Death” from the popular ABC series, Lost, Lucio Dalla’s moving “Caruso” made famous by Andrea Bocelli in 1997, the ever familiar and haunting South American “Oblivion” by Astor Piazzolla and some love songs.
The new album is a treat to the ears. The renditions lend unfamiliarity to the familiar tracks, offering a fresh melodic experience to the listener. Ranging in theme and tempo, each song depicts a different mood but as a unit, the album transitions to and fro between playful and romantic melodies. Be it the exuberance of “Summertime” or the melancholic yearning prevalent in “The Nearness of You”, “Without You” offers an impressive variety.
Harrington gave us a glimpse into the project when released the music video for Hallelujah and Oblivion. Silhouetted against the white background, the violinist, clad in a suit and holding his instrument as a weapon, seems to be making a strong statement. The barren surroundings are contrasted with Harrington’s performance, the latter attempting to breathe life into the former.
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