Apr 2011

A Space Odyssey Live with Philharmonia Orchestra


Went to the SouthBank Centre the other night, to see Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey Live with Philharmonia Orchestra. Very very nice, almost moving even if I've seen the movie a dozen times already!

Following a sell-out success in June 2010, Southbank Centre presents Stanley Kubrick’s seminal film 2001: A Space Odyssey with live music. Conducted by André de Ridder, the enormous forces of Philharmonia Orchestra and Philharmonia Voices join together to perform the film’s extraordinary soundtrack, as live accompaniment to a screening in Royal Festival Hall. Long recognised as one of the greatest science fiction films of all time, 2001 – A Space Odyssey is celebrated for its technological realism, its innovative Oscar-winning special effects and a bold use of music. The film brought worldwide fame to both Richard Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra and the music of Gyorgy Ligeti; it also created one of cinema’s most memorable images as a spaceship floats serenely through space to the strains of Johann Strauss’ Blue Danube waltz.

Here's an excerpt from last night's performance:

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Michele Pasin. A Space Odyssey Live with Philharmonia Orchestra. Blog post on www.michelepasin.org. Published on April 9, 2011.

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