Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 science fiction film may be considered a masterpiece but it’s an odd choice for an event boasting a live musical score by the magnificent Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Chamber Singers.
Under conductor, Robert Ziegler, the Festival Theatre stage was filled with 96 ASO musicians and the 60-member choir, providing an awesome sound that featured Richard Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra and Johann Strauss’, waltz, On the Beautiful Blue Danube.
There’s no denying the majesty of the music nor the quality of the live soundtrack, but Kubrick’s dated film brings forth the isolation and silence of both the dawn of mankind and our future in the coldness of space. The underscore is sparse, leaving the musicians and singers sitting quietly for most of the evening watching the film with the audience. As an audible experience, there was very little to appreciate over the course of the three hour event.
Why a film with so little music would be chosen for a film concert remains a HAL of a mystery and a disappointing entry into this year’s Festival.
Reviewed by Rod Lewis, Performing Arts Critic, Glam Adelaide.
Venue: Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
Duration: 3 hours