“A sonic explosion that reinvented what film music could be” – Rolling Stone
”The mournful soundtrack of Jonny Greenwood is a star in its own right” – The Times ****
The Financial Times ****
“A unique experience” – The Independent
London Contemporary Orchestra will bring their live orchestral performance of Jonny Greenwood’s score for the multiple Oscar-winning There Will Be Blood to Birmingham’s Symphony Hall on Sunday 5 February 2017.
Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2007 historical drama is regarded as one of the greatest films of the 2000s. Voted no.1 in Total Film’s Top Ten Films of the Decade and no.3 in the BBC’s 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century, it also picked up two Oscars (from eight nominations), and the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.
A sprawling epic about family, faith, power and oil, There Will Be Blood is set on the radical frontier of California’s turn-of-the-century petroleum boom, and chronicles the rise of one Daniel Plainview (an Oscar-winning turn from Daniel Day-Lewis), who transforms himself from a down-and-out silver miner raising a son on his own, into a self-made oil tycoon.
The accompanying soundtrack – the first feature film score by Radiohead guitarist Greenwood – is considered a masterwork of dramatic tension.
Unsettling and powerful, it combines full orchestra with such instruments as the Ondes Martenot – a rare early electronic instrument that resembles a cross between an organ and a Theremin which Jonny has previously used on several Radiohead recordings.
With passages drawn from Arvo Pärt’s Fratres and Brahm’s Violin Concerto, the score was nominated for a Grammy Award, although an Oscar nod was ruled out due to the inclusion of previously composed material.
London Contemporary Orchestra (LCO) has been performing Greenwood’s compositions since 2008, and in 2012 recorded his score for The Master (Greenwood’s second collaboration with Paul Thomas Anderson).
Dedicated to the promotion of new music and cross-disciplinary collaboration, the LCO has collaborated with a distinguished array of artists, including Radiohead (on 2016’s A Moon Shaped Pool), Frank Ocean, Actress, Vivienne Westwood, members of Arcade Fire, Goldfrapp, Terry Riley, Beck and Foals.
Winner of the Ensemble category at the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards 2015, the LCO’s soundtrack output also spans BAFTA nominated Theeb, and three films starring Michael Fassbender: Slow West, Macbeth, and Assassin’s Creed.
Featuring over 50 musicians, There Will Be Blood: Live can be experienced at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, on Sunday 5 February 2017. For tickets and more information, see: www.thsh.co.uk
Sunday 5 February 2017
There Will Be Blood: Live
Paul Thomas Anderson’s Oscar-winning epic is accompanied by a live orchestral performance of Jonny Greenwood’s score. A masterwork of dramatic tension, instrumental experimentation and musical bricolage, the soundtrack is realised in a special performance edition by the London Contemporary Orchestra
London Contemporary Orchestra
Hugh Brunt – Conductor
Cynthia Millar – Ondes Martenot
Galya Bisengalieva – Violin
Oliver Coates – Cello
Symphony Hall, Centenary Square, Birmingham B1 2EA
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About There Will Be Blood
A sprawling epic about family, faith, power and oil, There Will Be Blood (TWBB) is set on the radical frontier of California’s turn-of-the-century petroleum boom. The story chronicles the rise of one Daniel Plainview (an Oscar-winning turn from Daniel Day-Lewis), who transforms himself from a down-and-out silver miner raising a son on his own into a self-made oil tycoon.
The fifth film from writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson, his screenplay is loosely based upon the 1920s muck-raking novel Oil! by Upton Sinclair.
Alongside Day-Lewis (My Left Foot, In The Name Of The Father, Gangs Of New York), the film also stars Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine, Love And Mercy, 12 Years a Slave) and Ciarán Hinds (Above Suspicion, Game of Thrones, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy).
Anderson was drawn to Greenwood not only because of his appreciation for Radiohead, but after hearing a piece Greenwood wrote on commission for the BBC entitled Popcorn Superhet Receiver, the eerie, dissonant ambience of which resonated with him.
The writer-director gave Greenwood free reign and Greenwood took that freedom and ran with it, creating music that not only supports the imagery and characters of There Will Be Blood, but informs them in surprising ways, all while building a mounting sense of terror of the forces at work below the surface.
“I knew Jonny would come back with something great,” said Anderson at the time of the film’s release. “I think Jonny completely got into the idea of telling this story through music.”
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