The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra teams up with a host of celebrities for Disney Goes Classical, a brand new album evoking the colour, emotion and pure joy of Disney music on a whole new scale, writes Nick Benson.
Disney fans are in for a treat, as the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a host of celebrated names have expertly re-orchestrated some of the most beloved Disney themes.
Decca Records and Disney Music Group’s Walt Disney Records have announced the release of Disney Goes Classical, a brand new album featuring some of the most popular Disney songs of all time, as you’ve never heard them before.
Recorded at London’s Air Studios, home to some of the finest movie soundtrack releases from the last century, the album features music from the most-recognisable Disney films. From its Golden Age to the nineties Renaissance and into the modern era of CGI animation, the album is sure to bring joy to Disney fans of all ages.
Featuring music from The Jungle Book and Pinocchio to Alan Menken’s inimitable scores from Pocahontas, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Hercules, 80 years of Disney magic have been reimagined in stunning cinematic sound.
Fans have already had a taste of the magic through the recent release of the album’s first single, Matteo Bocelli’s touching rendition of Can You Feel the Love Tonight from Disney’s animated nineties classic The Lion King. The ballad – penned by Elton John and Tim Rice – won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1994 and was also featured in the 2019 live-action remake. Matteo previously duetted with his father Andrea Bocelli on the hit song Fall on Me, from Andrea’s number one hit album Sì, which was chosen for the closing credits of Disney’s The Nutcracker and The Four Realms.
“I am beyond excited to join this project with Disney,” said Matteo. “The Lion King is one of the most cherished movies from my childhood and to sing the lead song is truly an honour for me. Elton John is one of my musical heroes for both his songwriting skills and his unique style. I hope to take some of that influence into the music I’m currently working on which I hope to share with you soon.”
Also featuring on the album is four-time Grammy-winning American soprano Renée Fleming with her beautiful rendition of When You Wish Upon a Star from Pinocchio.
Other special performances, including the renowned Japanese classical guitarist Kaori Muraji, further transport the listener to another world.
Disney Goes Classical will strike a chord with families all over the world, as it brings the magic of the films from the screens to your headphones like never before.
Disney Goes Classical by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, featuring Various Artists, is to be released on Decca Records on 2nd October 2020.
Can You Feel The Love Tonight, by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, featuring Matteo Bocelli, is out now on digital platforms.