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12 hours ago, toothless said:

This orchestra album is truly nice :)

 

I intend to buy this album too after enjoying the World of Hans Zimmer concert at Wembley Arena last Saturday.  Although the composer himself was not there in person, he introduced many of the pieces on a big screen before Gavin Greenaway conducted the orchestra and soloists from every part of the world.  Lisa Gerrard was there however and reprised her vocals for Gladiator and one or two of the other selections.

 

I particularly enjoyed the suite from The Holiday which I do not think I had heard before but have been humming annoyingly since.  This video is from a different venue (Vienna) but with most of the same soloists, including Eliane Correa, Luis Ribeiro, Pedro Eustache, Rusanda Panfili, Lucy Landymore, El Amir, Juan 'Snow Owl' Garcia-Herreros and others.

 

 

 

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3 minutes ago, Alexcremers said:

 

Is it because he gets better as he gets older, or is it because your taste in music is changing?

 

I think my taste in music is evolving and maturing. I still don’t like stuff like Amazing Spider-Man 2 but he’s repertoire is amazing and more varied than I once gave him credit for. 

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On 5/26/2019 at 6:40 AM, Bilbo said:

I was never a big zimmer fan but as time goes by I'm starting to appreciate him more and more. 

 

He's okay. There's much better out there musically. So to contribute to this thread, I'm going to appreciate the guy's face and accent:

 

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Hans, your face is not too bad, and I could fall asleep to your voice bro! Keep up the ace work!

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Last night's Seoul concert was great. The Lion King suite had so much positive energy, and the band and Hans seemed to be love every single minute on stage. Hans spoke quite a lot between pieces sprinkling anecdotes - one being that he first met the woman who sang "Now We Are Free" when she was 4. Don't recall her name, sorry. It wasn't Lisa Gerrard, the singer on the OST.

 

The set list was almost identical to the 2017 Prague concert that was released on CD and DVD. The differences were I think Wonder Woman theme "Is She With You" from Superman Vs Batman followed The Man of Steel piece. Also, the short piano introduction of Rain Main segued to Thelma and Louise. I'd love a recording of that version. It featured a guitar solo that is missing if memory serves from the version on the On Wings of Film live CD. 

 

The musicians were just a treat to watch: guitarist Guthrie Govan is perhaps the most technically proficient rock guitarist in the world and while it wasn't his show, he had his moments in the spotlight. And Tina Guo attacked her electric cello all night. Surprised it didn't break in half. Lebo M still has all the vocal chops he displayed decades ago in the original Lion King and The Power of One. 

 

The concert certainly revitalized my interest in his music. I'm not all that familiar with a lot of his more recent scores.I feel motivated to get to know those better. Super Vs Batman and Spiderman 2, and the Blade Runner sequel being some of those. And I just read Dune and its first two sequels for the first time, so I'm quite looking forward to the score.

 

 

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5 hours ago, pete said:

Hans spoke quite a lot between pieces sprinkling anecdotes - one being that he first met the woman who sang "Now We Are Free" when she was 4. Don't recall her name, sorry.

 

 

From the description I am guessing it must have been Czarina Russell.

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Pete, I may have lost track of it in this thread, but you're talking about the "Symphonic Hans Zimmer" tour, right? As I may have mentioned earlier, it's coming to Norway on November 16, and I'm going. Quite excited even if he's not here himself this time.

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1 hour ago, Thor said:

Pete, I may have lost track of it in this thread, but you're talking about the "Symphonic Hans Zimmer" tour, right? As I may have mentioned earlier, it's coming to Norway on November 16, and I'm going. Quite excited even if he's not here himself this time.

 

I think yours is the one with the larger orchestra without Hans and his band. I'm assuming so as there are no dates listed on the official tour website beyond next week's Australian concerts. And there were the two pretty recent and different live CD releases - one with Hans and his band - live in Prague, and the other one called The World of Hans Zimmer. Perhaps that's your concert?

http://www.hanszimmerlive.com/livetour/

 

Yes, Thor - different show:
https://www.worldofhanszimmer.com/

 

I hope he's making a mint from these concurrent sold-out shows!

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A little confusing having two concert series at the same time. So, mine was the different one and the same band as the Prague CD.  Just browsing YouTube now. Lion King was a joyful highlight:
 

 

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Glad you got to see it. I'd be interested in hearing a comparison between the two. Argh that sux about the venue. Last night's venue was the same venue that hosted Gustavo Dudamel's Celebrate John Williams concert earlier in the year. I totally and completely got the worst seats for that one. Right next to a walkway that late arrivals and staff with noisy high heels used all through the first half. I made sure I was no where near a walkway last night, and as hoped, you could hear a pin drop during those lovely quieter moments.

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At least you had dynamics, Pete, despite extraneous noise!

 

The concert in Oslo was held in a huge venue (more of a sports arena) outside town, and even though they only used half of it, it is not made for music. The bass-heavy moments completely merged into a 'porridge' or wall of sound, losing all the finer details. It was better than the Morricone concert in the same arena, if only because it's more rock-oriented (the Morricone concert is the worst I've ever heard -- a terrible shame as it's the composer's first and last visit to Norway), but I'd love to hear it in a more proper arena, suited for the music.

 

At least the upcoming "The World of Hans Zimmer" is held in a different multi-use arena with slightly better acoustics, although it's still far from perfect. But I guess if you're a rock star like Zimmer, you need to accomodate a lot of people; so the smaller -- relatively speaking -- venues are out of the question. Like our opera house etc.

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