REVIEW: Pet Shop Boys with the BBC Philharmonic

Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys performs with the BBC Philharmonic orchestra.

Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys performs with the BBC Philharmonic orchestra.

FROM writing theatre and ballet scores to providing the soundtrack to vintage Soviet propaganda films, the Pet Shop Boys are no strangers to high culture, despite being a mainstream pop institution.

So to cross the Peaks to find Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe teaming up with the BBC Philharmonic orchestra isn’t a strange proposition by any means.

But even the boys themselves seemed awed by the results of this one-off partnership, which saw them dusting off rarely-played songs and a few hits from their three-decade career, adorning the usual PSB electronics with lavish instrumentation arranged for the grand ensemble by composer Sven Helbig.

 

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