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Aleix Palau | 10 January 2020

‎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.‎

‎2001: A Space Odyssey can be seen this weekend at L’Auditori with the film score performed live by the ‎OBC

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
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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.‎

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