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Prom 65: Film Music Prom Review

Keith Lockhart

Conductor Keith Lockhart

Prom 65: Film Music Prom begins the final week of the 2013 Proms season. The BBC Concert Orchestra was conducted by Keith Lockhart. This was the BBCCO’s final performance at the Royal Albert Hall for this Proms season, but they will be performing across the road in Hyde Park for Proms in the Park on Last Night, this coming Saturday.

Prom 65 kicked off with William Alwyn’s  March from The True Glory, which was a most rousing way to begin. This was followed by discarded music from William Walton’s music from The Battle of Britain, which was very English and patriotic, and fitting for that specific film, of course, despite the fact it wasn’t used.

Richard Rodney Bennett’s Lady Caroline Lamb Elegy for Viola and Orchestra suite followed. It was performed by soloist Laurence Power on the viola along with the BBCCO. This was a beautiful piece, especially around the 34 minute mark on iPlayer. Up next was the March from the 1958 war film Ice cold in Alex by Lucas. “Heave-ho!” The Warsaw Concerto by Addinsell from the film Dangerous Moon, performed by soloist Valentina Lisitsa concluded the first half.

The second half began with experts from 2001: A Space Odyssey, beginning with Richard Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra that we heard in full just last night in Prom 64. It also included the By the Beautiful Blue Danube waltz by Johann Strauss II, heard a couple of weeks ago in Prom 28.

This was followed by the world premiere of the suite from Star Trek: Into Darkness. I really liked this film and its accompanying soundtrack, and, as this piece isn’t listed on the Proms website, I was pleasantly surprised to hear it, as, if you’ve seen the film you’ll know, its spot on. The BBCCO sounded absolutely fantastic playing this, and I loved it. For me, this was the highlight of this Prom.

Following the Star Trek suite was the End Title from Independence Day David Arnold, which included a massive percussion section. This was very good.

It would hardly be a film music Prom without some of John Williams’s score from Star Wars. There was a lot of Star Wars, about 20 minutes worth, starting with the Imperial March and ending with the Main Theme. To end, there was an encore of more John Williams, this time his theme from the original Superman films.

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