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2001: A Space Odyssey with live score, Philharmonia, de Ridder, Royal Festival Hall | reviews, news & interviews

2001: A Space Odyssey with live score, Philharmonia, de Ridder, Royal Festival Hall

2001: A Space Odyssey with live score, Philharmonia, de Ridder, Royal Festival Hall

Young conductor excels in tricky film synchronisation - Viennese waltz included

André de Ridder in rehearsal with the Philharmonia for Kubrick's space odysseyChris Christodoulou

Imagine a special two-hour-plus resurrection of that wannabe extravaganza Stars in Their Eyes. "So, young maestro André de Ridder, who are you going to give us?" "Well, in addition to showing my special flair for contemporary music in Ligeti, I'm going to be Herbert von Karajan conducting On the Beautiful Blue Danube to a ballet of spacecraft." With another rigorously calibrated turn of the screw, it can only be the unique counterpoint of music, sounds, speech and silence with vision that is Stanley Kubrick's 2001.

Kubrick has a symphonic sense of light and shade, gravity and weightlessness, building the greatest tension in sequences where there isn't any music at all

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