Performing a programme of American film music spanning 1938 to the late 1975 – The Golden Age of Hollywood – the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of José Serebrier displayed musical mastery in moving from full-bodied, adventurous scores to light jazz, concocting images of iconic movie scenes in the audience’s minds all the while.
Tommy Pearson provided an intelligent and lightly humorous commentary throughout the evening’s performance, contextualising each musical segment with titbits of filmic history. Appropriately, the concert began with Bernard Herrmann’s Overture to North by Northwest. Pearson hailed Herrmann for classic soundtracks such as Psycho and Taxi Driver, dubbed “New Hollywood”, in addition to his journey from film to film until his sudden death.
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