I just wanted to say that there is an crossover artist that gives credit to the original composer,actually he did'n even change the names of the pieces and they are still popular in clubs everywhere,especially in croatia(maybe becouse he's croatian )
Anyway,his name is Maxim Mrvica,and his first crossover album is named "the piano player".He's very popular in Japan,lives in London....
I was on his concert last summer,I have to admit that I heard better as well as worse,but the album is great.
Some of the pieces are:The flight of the bumblebee
Grieg's piano concert in a-minor
Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
Chopin's revolutionary etude in c-minor
Maybe you'll like it...
hip hop and rap in my view is not a musical genre,it is a load of rubbish for talentless Shoot dribblers who steal other peoples sounds and make a total discrace out of it,and become famous out of doing it.....what is the world coming to.........^ That's what makes me sick. Not giving credit to someone who inspired your song (you more or less "stole" it then). I see this a lot in hip-hop and rap. One band that I see this happen with a lot is Led Zeppelin. They never seem to get credit for the many songs who have used Zeppelinesque samples.
As to the original question, check out the band Renaissance and their "Scheherazade & Other Stories" - aninterpretation of Rimsky-Korsakov's 'epic work, complete with full orchestra . They also did a beautiful, haunting tue built on Bach, but the details elude me just now, and my ex took the album it was on.