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20 Feb, 2017 20:22

Killer classics: Russian shooter performs Strauss with guns (VIDEO)

Killer classics: Russian shooter performs Strauss with guns (VIDEO)

A Russian professional shooter has teamed up with a string quartet to perform Austria’s unofficial national anthem – using firearms and metal sheets. Hold your remarks until you hear it.

Music can be martial, but can it be deadly? Perhaps, if you’re incorporating actual guns into the performance, like these brave men.

The President of the Russian Practical Shooting Federation Vitaly Kryuchin apparently loves his guns to the point that he won’t let go of them – even in a concert hall.

He came up with an idea to unite classical music and his shooting skills to produce a killer hit – a celebratory war march with genuine gunfire. Joined by a small but daring cohort of the ‘Noir’ string quartet, he gave new life to an old ‘Radetzky March’ by Johann Strauss Snr.

While for Strauss it may have been the first such performance, for Kryuchin it certainly wasn’t. Known for his “intuitive shooting”workshops, last year he became a YouTube hit, performing ‘Ode to Joy’ by Beethoven and several other pieces including the famous Russian song ‘Murka’ and the nursery rhyme, ‘Old MacDonald Had A Farm’. Yes, seriously, a nursery rhyme.