Earlier this year, when Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser put out their epic cello battle cover of “Smooth Criminal,” we were blown away. There was a power that the two of them put into the music that made it seem as though the Michael Jackson classic had been composed solely for their manic bows and raging strings. They elevated the pop-hit-on-strings trope from a classy novelty to a cultural necessity.
The two of them are both prodigies of contemporary classical music already, and yet they continue to perfect the craft that they’ve made their own. The proof of this lies in their beautiful attack on Guns n’ Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle.” The duo, now going by 2CELLOS, has somehow managed to one-up themselves. They’ve delivered unto the world another grandiose piece of epicness, another shining, growling pinnacle of rock and roll cello.
Their “Welcome to the Jungle” does just that: it welcomes you to a jungle. It’s refined by the elegance of the instruments and their virtuosity, and yet, at the same time, the performance is primal and wild, a mess of broken bow strings and disbelieving onlookers. It’s safe to say that anyone would be delighted to wander upon this on the street; it’s unbelievable enough as it is on YouTube. Enjoy.
2CELLOS (Sulic & Hauser) – Welcome to the Jungle (Guns n’ Roses Cover)