Warner Music Singapore and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra have released Truly, SSO, a 14-track digital album that reimagines all-time National Day classics with a fresh, modern spin. The release also marks the first time that the two music giants are joining forces to celebrate Singapore’s birthday.
Truly, SSO draws on Cultural Medallion winner Kelly Tang’s excellent arrangements and conductors Joshua Tan and Darrell Ang’s inspiring interpretations. The compilation contains studio recordings as well as past live performances of all-time classics such as “Stand Up For Singapore,” “Rasa Sayang,” “Di Tanjong Katong,” “Chan Mali Chan,” and many more. The Singapore Symphony Choruses provided the vocals to the well-loved songs, including a premiere performance and recording of “Peribahasa”, a medley of Malay folk songs.
“Recording these brilliant and ingenious arrangements of tunes that I grew up with was such a revelation and joy,” says SSO Associate Conductor Joshua Tan. “I hope the listener finds as much fascination as I did with these imaginative works. The heartfelt playing of our soloists in the Montage [Concerto for Jazz Piano & Orchestra] is definitely a highlight.”
Adding a more contemporary touch, Warner Music Singapore artist Inch Chua lent her vocal chops for the moving rendition of the beautiful track, “Vanda Miss Joaquim”. Says Inch on her participation on Truly, SSO, “I’ve always loved orchestral arrangements and have worked with an orchestra in Europe for my previous releases. Working with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra for a fresh take on ‘Vanda Miss Joaquim’ has been a wonderful experience.”
For SSO trumpet player Lau Wen Rong, who is on several tracks including “Count on Me, Singapore”, “I remember singing the National Anthem every morning in school and National Day songs during NDP. Recording these pieces with the SSO has been an amazing experience and a dream come true for me. I really enjoyed doing this recording and was reliving all the wonderful memories of growing up in Singapore.”
Now available to stream on all digital platforms, Truly, SSO is released at the perfect time to honour both the bicentennial celebrations and in conjunction with Singapore’s 54th birthday, for a truly happy National Day.
Listen to Truly, SSO across various platforms here