|An Evening of Good Music
||[Jun. 2nd, 2007|04:32 pm]
Last night I was at the Royal Albert Hall for about three hours listening to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conduct film scores, in a one performance a year show called Film Harmonic. It was pretty awesome if you are into that kind of thing. I had never seen a live orchestra before, let alone one so renowned and the amazing quality of the sound aside, it was interesting to watch the conductor and the way the different musicians synch together in their movements. For some time I was in awe on the orchestra as a system and was contemplating the display in a very Cockettesque way.|
The shear perfectionism was also very impressive, yet for all their hard work, not one of the musicians could crack a smile. They were reluctant to even stand up during applause when the conductor spurred them to do so, and often it seemed they only did so as not to embarrass the guy. I was genuinely confused by this. The conductors were always smiling and bowing away, but everyone else just looked miserable. Is it unprofessional to show gratitude in the music circuit? A common practice I’m too uncultured to understand? Perhaps, but regardless of the reason, it still wouldn’t hurt to show some respect for the crowds appreciation.
John Williams was seventy-five this year, so in his honour of that they put in a lot of his scores. This was good, as the renditions of his scores were among the best played and they are also some of the best around anyway. The For your viewing and listening pleasure I have provided a list of the scores featured in the performance, with many titles being direct links to the download of the original score. You may notice a couple obscure titles in the list. This is because the show had several special guest conductors, who were conducting their own scores.
Mission Impossible – Main Theme
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest – Jack Sparrow
Out of Africa - Concert Suite
Arsene Lupin – Concert Suite
Flood – Title Song
Gladiator – Main Theme
E.T. – Flying Theme; Finale
Indiana Jones: Raiders of The Lost Ark – The Raiders’ March; End Credits
Chariots of Fire – Main Theme
Star Wars – Main Theme
‘Once Upon A Dream Parade’ Medley – Excerpts from various Disney Films
Superman – Main Theme
Jaws – Main Theme
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes – Violin Concerto: Second Movement
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring – Main Theme
Dances With Wolves – The John Dunbar Theme
The Great Escape - Main Theme
Jurassic Park – Suite
Rocky – Main Theme
The Rocky theme was a nice final touch which was not mentioned in the concert program. Jurassic Park was a better finish and it did mark the end of the concert, but after all the applause they broke into Rocky as a light-hearted way to exit. The orchestra encouraged clapping to its beat, their first acknowledgment to the audience during any performance, and whilst this represented the lowest point of sophistication that evening, it was quite a cool thing to hear the entire hall clapping in unison.
Talking of sophistication, it was hard to judge how dignified an occasion it was. Half the people seemed dressed up, treating it as a classical music performance whilst others were very casual and all about moving their heads to the music. Similarly, the evenings host was very eloquent and talked a great deal about instruments and the orchestras involved in the scores, but also let loose some very low brow wise cracks from time to time about the films involved. I suppose therefore it was either a very casual evening for cultured music lovers, or a fairly formal occasion for the uncultured filmgoer with a love for scores, but whatever it was, it was awesome. I fully intend to go again next year.
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