2001: A Space Odyssey can be seen this weekend at L’Auditori with the film score performed live by the OBC
Stanley Kubrick’s classic, programmed within the OBCPops cycle, brings us a masterful soundtrack that draws on the music of Richard Strauss, György Ligeti, Johann Strauss II, Aram Khachaturian and others. André de Ridder directs the music of this super-production conducting the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Cor Madrigal and Cor Francesc Valls.
Tonight, tomorrow Saturday and Sunday, L’Auditori’s Sala 1 Pau Casals will screen the film 2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick on a giant screen (original version with Catalan subtitles) and with the Original Soundtrack performed live by the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Cor Madrigal and Cor Francesc Valls, all conducted by André de Ridder.
The first thing that strikes audiences at the beginning of the film is the music, with sustained, intense chords, broken by the famous beating kettledrum. It was written by Richard Strauss in the late 19th century, who could never have dreamed that it would become a sonic icon in cinematic history. And then there are the Viennese waltzes, contemporary music, extracts from a requiem... Classical music to accompany futuristic spacecraft as they move through space and the eerie sound of the planets they see passing by.
In addition to the spectacular images of space, the film also caused a stir for its use of symphony music, which is featured throughout almost the entire film. Works by composers such as György Ligeti and Strauss himself became popular thanks to the musical selection made by Stanley Kubrick over 50 years ago.
The film screenings will be on:
- Friday 10 January 2020 at 8 pm.
- Saturday 11 January 2020 at 7 pm.
- Sunday 12 January 2020 at 11 am.
View the programme for this event here.
North by Northwest, the last OBCPops of the season
Audiences will have to wait until 1, 2 and 3 May to see the Alfred Hitchcock classic, North by Northwest.
The final event in the OBCPops cycle was produced in 1959, between Vertigo and Psycho, and was an instant success, gaining three Oscar nominations. The music for the film is one of its composer's most acclaimed scores.
Bernard Herrmann had already written the music for the film which many believe to be the best in the history of cinema: Citizen Kane, by Orson Welles (1941). However, his collaboration with Hitchcock was not to take place until 15 years later. This duo of geniuses went on to create seven masterpieces together, and this film being presented to us by the OBC is, without a shadow of a doubt, considered one of the most outstanding.