Dance remixes of Classical works hold a special place in my heart; the earliest EDM tracks I listened to were random remixes of symphonies, operas, and cantatas. They often fall short, however, usually because they can’t match the grandiose musical nature of the original work. Of course, that could be rather difficult considering the sheer genius and musical intellect of the master composers. Progressive house virtuoso Ben Preston, however, has done a damn good job at it.
Pairing up with world-class violinist David Garrett, Ben has created a progressive, techy house version of the first movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, one of the most famous symphonies in the world. Enormous string lines and soaring piano melodies are made even more theatrical by pounding buildups and drops that don’t so much add mega-energy as add a flavor of ingenuity and darkness to the track. How did Ben feel about working with such a talented musician as David Garrett? “Being a big fan of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, I felt very excited at the thought of working with David’s superb new version of the classic. I knew right away about the direction in which to take the remix of The 5th. My main aim was to make sure it sounded as dark and rhythmic as possible, and I wanted to get this effect without getting too carried away. ” I think he achieved just that.