By ERICA SHARP
1. “The Famous Solo” in E minor for Double Bass 2nd movement by Domenico Dragonetti:
2. Sinfonia Concertante, I. Allegro for Viola and Double Bass by Carl von Ditters Dittersdorf:
3. “The Carnival of the Animals,” V. “The Elephant” by Camille Saint-Saëns:
I love a good cover song. The term usually applies to a pop or rock song — some of my favorites in that category include DEVO’s “Satisfaction,” Cake’s “I Will Survive” and The Clash’s “Brand New Cadillac.”
But broadly speaking, classical music is filled with cover songs, if we think of transcriptions, arrangements and paraphrases as such. At any rate, here’s one of my favorite classical covers: First, the original Schubert song, “Erlkönig,” sung by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (English subtitles included); and then Heinrich Ernst’s violin transcription of same, played by Hilary Hahn.