Mark Kermode: Film Music Live

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Tuesday 9 July 2013 at 7.30pm

Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121 345 0600

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Robert Ziegler  conductor

Mark Kermode  presenter

Jeremy Irons  special guest

Music from:

North By Northwest’ (Bernard Herrmann)

Planet of the Apes (Jerry Goldsmith)

Tubular Bells – The Exorcist (Mike Oldfield, arr.David Bedford)

The Devils (Sir Peter Maxwell Davies)

Taxi Driver (Bernard Herrmann, arr.Christopher Palmer)

Mary Poppins (Robert Sherman)

There Will Be Blood (Jonny Greenwood)

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (Angelo Badalamenti)

Silent Running (Peter Schickele, arr.Robert Ziegler)

Brideshead Revisited (Geoffrey Burgon)

The French Lieutenant’s Woman (Carl Davis)

Reversal of Fortune (Mark Isham)

The Mission – ‘Gabriel’s Oboe’ (Ennio Morricone, arr.Paul Bateman)

Trashed (Vangelis)

Eragon (Patrick Doyle)

Critic, music-lover and film-buff extraordinaire…no-one understands great cinema   better than Mark Kermode. Tonight he joins movie maestro Robert Ziegler and   the full City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra to present a personal choice   of classic film music – from Mary Poppins to The Exorcist – and   to welcome one of Britain’s most extraordinary talents as his very special guest    – Jeremy Irons. It’s the stuff of dreams: classic tunes and unforgettable emotions,   all performed in the cinema-quality sound of Birmingham’s stunning Symphony   Hall.

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Review by Ian Harvey, Express and Star:

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…     “The first part of a fascinating concert saw the CBSO tackle the likes of a spine-tingling Tubular Bells as used in The Exorcist (Kermode: “The greatest film ever made. Other opinions are available . . . they’re wrong.”) and instrumental versions of Joan Baez’s songs from 70’s cult classic Silent Running (“The greatest science fiction film ever made. Some people say it was 2001: A Space Odyssey . . . they’re wrong”).

Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood’s theme for There Will Be Blood was percussive and arresting, and gave the audience the chance to “boo hiss” the Academy Awards committee for disqualifying it from Oscars contention, and there were strong jazz overtones to both Bernard Herrman’s haunting theme from Taxi Driver and the special arrangement of Angelo Badalamenti’s music from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, which had Kermode transfixed at the front of the stage.

By way of light relief there was the wonderful, hits-packed overture to Mary Poppins. Yes, the man who is The Exorcist’s biggest fan also rates the Julie Andrews musical as one of the best films ever made.

After the interval, Kermode welcomed Jeremy Irons to the stage and the music now followed the actor’s celebrated career, including the only non-movie piece of the night, the theme to Iron’s breakthrough television role in Brideshead Revisited.”



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