Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra – Pop Goes Classical (2017)


I have always been intrigued by albums containing classical interpretations of pop/rock music but have often been put off by only knowing one or two of the original songs on the tracklist.

I heard an advert for this on the radio (the only time I listen to the radio is when my alarm clock goes off in the morning or if I’m being driven somewhere and it’s on in the car) and they played a snippet of the cover of Adele’s Hello and when I realised I actually knew all the songs on the tracklist, I knew I had to give it a go.

This album also benefits from the (un)happy coincidence that three of these songs were played at the One Love Manchester concert so the songs are very much in the British public’s mind at the moment.


(Everything I Do) I Do It For You (Bryan Adams)
Solid opener

Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)
String arrangement at the start and then some brass, nothing groundbreaking.

Hello (Adele) ❤
Oh I love this …. the haunting cello at the start and then the rousing full orchestra into the chorus that everyone must know by now then more strings for the next verse.  The choral voices!

Don’t Look Back In Anger (Oasis)
I’m pretty sure this arrangement opens with what sounds like Vivaldi.  Manchester ❤

Fix Me (Coldplay)
Love the use of the full orchestra in this

Unchained Melody (The Righteous Brothers)
Got to admit that I think covers of this song are a bit of a cop-out

Counting Stars (OneRepublic) ❤
The arranger on this is a sheer genius!  The best way I can describe it is it’s like an entire film score in one 3.34 minute track and I don’t think there is one orchestral instrument that isn’t used.  I strongly suggest you check this out!

All Of Me (John Legend)
I don’t really know much of John Legend’s music but even I know this.  Cello-heavy

Back For Good (Take That)
Take That has never sounded so heartfelt.  This song wouldn’t be out of place on the score for some romantic comedy film.

Candle In The Wind (Elton John)
This was one of the tracks I had to concentrate hard on to hear the original in and to be honest it wasn’t until the last 50 seconds that I got it

Happy (Pharrell Williams)
I have listened to the original of this quite a few times in the past couple of weeks and whilst this track sounds pretty cool with all the string instruments, I had to go back and forth between this and the original in order to confirm it was actually the same song.  Final verdict: still not totally convinced to be honest.

I Will Always Love You (Whitney Houston)
No concentrating needed to recognise this piano interpretation of this classic.  Works really well as a lullaby.

4 Stars


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