This summer’s essential soundtrack, Deutsche Grammophon’s Summer Tales was released digitally last month. Presenting reworks of ten classical hits created by an array of the world’s leading producers and contemporary composers, the album offers everything from laidback soundscapes to more dance-floor-oriented tracks. David Douglas, Goldmund, Peter Gregson, Laura Masotto, Mathilda, Model Man, Roosevelt, Someone, Sam Thompson and Xinobi were all invited by Deutsche Grammophon’s New Repertoire Team to reimagine some of classical music’s best-known works. Their personal reinterpretations of music spanning three centuries, from Pachelbel and Bach to Debussy and Ravel, together create the perfect summer playlist.
Summer Tales is released today on vinyl, with beautiful artwork created by Someone, aka Dutch-British creative Tessa Rose Jackson. Fans can also end their summer on a high with a deluxe digital version of the album, out on 9 September. This edition will feature extended versions of Portuguese producer Xinobi’s “ethereal and discreet” take on Pachelbel’s Canon in D, which he sees as “one of the first pop songs ever written”, and Roosevelt’s rework of Jeux d’eau. “When I got the opportunity to remix Ravel,” says the German producer, “it was something completely out my comfort zone – which sometimes is exactly what you need as an artist. It’s a huge honour contributing to this project.”