Nightmare Romance - Bernard Herrmann & Alfred Hitchcock

With the BBC Concert Orchestra & special guest Bill Frisell

17 March 2006 / 19:30

15 20 25 30

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A special evening, based on the music that Bernard Herrmann wrote for Alfred Hitchcock's films.

One of the most creative and brilliant, if often turbulent, relationships in film history is celebrated in this special concert. Bernard Herrmann's radical approach to writing film music redefined the relationship between image and sound, and his brilliant scores for Psycho, Vertigo and North by North West bear testimony to this.

This world premiere features Herrmann's scores for Hitchcock's films plus other classics such as Citizen Kane and Taxi Driver. It also features rarely seen images and footage of the masters at work.

Musical direction is from Tom Waits / Ornette Coleman bassist Greg Cohen who gathers an ensemble of musicians including guitarist Bill Frisell to perform new arrangements. Original arrangements are performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by composer and Herrmann aficinado Joel McNeely.

Produced by the Barbican in association with Danny Kapilian

A late night screening of Psycho will be showing in Cinema 1 (22.30) and throughout the weekend you can catch more Hitchcock films at the Nightmare Romance film season.


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