Symphony versions of popular songs
In 27 cases of chicken and egg, we reveal the popular chart tunes that were inspired by classical pieces…. Remember S Club 7? Rachel Stevens, the one who could do a backflip and… well, never mind. Festive favourite 'I Believe In Father Christmas' by Greg Lake is notable for its rather dark Christmas message, but it's also got a storming quote of 'Troika' by Prokofiev right in the middle of it. If anyone in the pop world was going to take on opera, it was Freddie Mercury. This one's not really a theft, in that Sky who featured classical guitarist John Williams in their line-up, pictured freely admit that it's a prog version of Bach's most famous organ piece. Heard it somewhere before? They may well skip the light fandango and turn cartwheels across the floor, but Procul Harum are also some of the cheekiest pop borrowers we can think of. The great Barry Manilow, purveyor of romantic pop hits and producer of his own wine, also spends his time using the chords from Chopin preludes in his songs. We could've picked dozens of different pop songs that use the chord structure of Pachelbel's Canon in D, but few make it as fun as the Pet Shop Boys.
Since The Beatles embraced their inner symphonic selves, many bands, as well as solo artists, have worked with orchestras of differing sizes that have always added something special and sometimes unique to the music to create orchestral rock compositions. We often think of symphony orchestras as being somehow associated with Prog Rock , that very British of musical styles, with its intricate flourishes and grandiose concepts, and yet there are many examples of American artists embracing the style. Another band that is right at the forefront, thanks in no small part to the brilliance of Jon Lord, are Deep Purple , whose Concerto For Orchestra is another defining moment in collaborations between groups and orchestras. In a similar vein are Renaissance whose, Song of Scherazade is a much underrated masterpiece. Radiohead are the logical progression from 70s art rock and their work with an orchestra on Kid A album from is proof. Two solo singers that have used orchestras to very differing effect are Elton John and Dan Fogelberg. We defy you not to love it! Fantastic album, particularly the version of Fand. It must have been a blast to make if you were part of the orchestra!! But, anyway, thnx for these songs, some of these were really unknown to me.
A violin, a cello, and a bass teamed up to give you this cover that excellently captures the intensity of the original. The deeper tones of a cello make Taylor's tune feel a little more sophisticated, so put on your monocle before listening to this one. Though this cover is short, the piano and violin make for a truly gentle rendition of Drake's tortured agony. You can definitely still get down to this orchestral string version, and now you don't have to wonder exactly how dragons retire. This piano cover of "The Hills" will make you want to sip a glass of champagne and throw your pinky up. It's classy AF. This is the kind of monumental string cover that makes you want to run through a field while wearing a ballgown, searching for an epic romance. This one-woman string quartet manages to make "Break Free" seem more emotional and incredibly epic. This quartet is no stranger to pop covers, which is what makes their rendition of "Royals" so perfectly executed. An actual royal would probably play this in their court!
Here are the best classical covers of pop songs on the internet, from Taylor Swift to Michael Jackson. Taylor Swift - Blank Space Brooklyn Duo The cloying eagerness to settle down balanced by the whimsy of living your youth with abandon… Argh, it just feels so real!
And even without the lyrics, Brooklyn Duo get it across beautifully. Do these guys manage it? Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody Nicholas Hersh One of the all-time greats in the pop rep, Bohemian Rhapsody has been reimagined in countless different and inventive ways.
When pianist Ji Liu gets hold of it, though, Skyfall becomes that little bit more heightened. Nicki Minaj - Anaconda Lara St.
John One of the most bonkers pop songs in recent years is given a performance art twist in this invigorating chamber performance. But the boys from 2CELLOS had it nailed when they stripped the whole song back and let the intensity come to the fore. Women in Music. These are definitively the best classical covers of pop songs 12 October , Updated: 6 January , Latest features See more Latest features. More From ClassicFM. Browse by See more Browse by.