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Pet Shop Bores (part 2)

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Eccola! L'advance della colonna sonora della "Corrazzata Potemkin" firmata dai Pet Shop Boys.
Esce per EMI Classics per giunta!
Non c'è limite alla deriva intellettuale dei Boys.

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  • alle 08:12, Anonymous Anonimo ha detto

    E per chi volevi che uscisse, per la Baby Records? La prima colonna sonora del film era composta da pezzi di Beethoven, Tchaikovsky e altri. Ora tocca ai Pet shop Boys ,gli è stato chiesto dal direttore dell'istituto di arte contemporanea di Londra, così si sono avvalsi della collaborazione del direttore Torsten Rasch e della Dresdner Sinfoniker. Il 12 settembre dello scorso anno a Trafalgar Square erano in 25.000 a ad assistere alla prima del film con la nuova colonna sonora dei Pet Shop Boys.


    Battleship Potemkin CD - 25 August '05
    Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe release their original music for Eisenstein’s classic film “Battleship Potemkin” as a joint venture between EMI Classics and Parlophone on Sep 5.

    The music was recorded in London and Berlin with the Dresdner Sinfoniker in 2004, with orchestrations by Torsten Rasch.

    It was premiered on Sep 12 last year, when Pet Shop Boys and the Dresdner Sinfoniker played the score to accompany a screening of the film in London’s Trafalgar Square. The free event was presented by the ICA and GLA and attracted 25,000 people. At the time, The Independent noted that “this must be the largest audience for an art movie ever recorded”.

    Eisenstein’s film, made in 1925, describes the mutiny of the sailors on the battleship Potemkin in 1905, an event which then linked up with the local population in Odessa as part of Russia’s 1905 revolution. In France the authorities destroyed the film; in Germany it was subject to censorship and in Britain it was banned, apart from club performances, until 1954.

    For the film’s Moscow premiere in January 1926, its soundtrack was a medley of existing pieces by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and others, but when the film reached Berlin later that year, it had its first specially-written score, by the radical composer Edmund Meisel. Eisenstein would subsequently acclaim the power of such “unity of fused musical and visual images” in his work and is said to have hoped that a new Battleship Potemkin soundtrack would be written for each new decade.

    In April 2003, Philip Dodd, director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, approached Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe and suggested that they might write a new score for the film and perform it as a free concert in Trafalgar Square. They wrote the music in the order it would be heard, following the structure of the film. From the beginning they resolved to combine electronic music and strings; the lyrics of the three vocal pieces within it were largely inspired by the film’s original subtitles, though one – “After All (The Odessa Staircase)” – was also prompted by the role in London of Trafalgar Square as a home of political dissent.

    Tennant and Lowe decided to ask Torsten Rasch to orchestrate the work after hearing his song cycle “Mein Herz Brennt”, a record based on the music of the rock group Rammstein which has sold over two million copies worldwide. Torsten Rasch’s orchestrations were recorded by the Dresdner Sinfoniker, conducted by Jonathan Stockhammer, in Berlin during July 2004.

    The finished composition – “not so much background music as foreground music”, says Neil Tennant, will now be available on CD for the first time.

    Neil Tennant continues; “I’ve read a lot about Russian history and, when we started this, I said ‘of course it’s really just a propaganda film’. And Chris pointed out that it’s an ideal, really. It’s an ideal of revolution. It’s a romantic film of people struggling against oppression to find freedom. And that’s why I think it works totally outside the communist context. It’s a very stirring film, and I think we’ve tried to bring out that stirring and idealistic quality in the music.”

    Barry McCann, MD of EMI Classics, says; “EMI Classics are delighted to be involved in this exciting new project with Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe. It’s an important new collaboration which builds upon their existing relationship with Parlophone and which celebrates the latest in a line of compositions written to accompany the classic Eisenstein film.”

    “Battleship Potemkin”, composed by Tennant/Lowe, is performed by Pet Shop Boys and the Dresdner Sinfoniker, conducted by Jonathan Stockhammer. Orchestrations are by Torsten Rasch.

    Release date Sep 5 on EMI Classics/Parlophone.

    You can pre-order a copy of the CD here:

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