To those of us living outside of the UK, Pete Tong’s orchestral performances are the stuff of legend. Last year, he created the perfect union of dance music and classical music, creating his Ibiza Prom through full orchestral arrangements of dance music’s most classic tracks. The video footage of the performance went viral, and this week, Tong is back with a follow up moment for those of us who couldn’t get enough.
On the heels of a corresponding sold-out tour, where Pete Tong has invited Jules Buckley to conduct his Heritage Orchestra, along with artistic director Chris Wheeler back to perform with him, Tong has released an album commemorating the experience as well. Entitled simply Classic House, the album features the orchestra performing arrangements of tracks from Eric Prydz’s “Pjanoo” to Robert Miles’s, “Children,” to Moby’s “Go.” Each feature is a newly envisioned versions of dance music's most iconic tracks, those whose melodies are immediately recognizable. This time, we even get a special performance of a more contemporary, yet still massive, hit sound from UK group Rudimental, with reimaginings of their tracks “Waiting All Night” with Ella Eyre and “Feel the Love” with John Newman.
For those of us who cannot make the December 1st show at London’s O2 Arena, you can live stream the event below, and this album, out now via Astralwerks, is the next best thing.