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09 May 2021

Metropolis / Fritz Lang
Orchestre de Paris conducted by Kazushi Ōno - Philharmonie de Paris, Grande salle Pierre Boulez

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Orchestre de Paris
Kazushi Ōno, conductor
Thomas Goepfer, IRCAM computer music production

Film by Fritz Lang, Germany, 1927, new restored version from 2010
Music for orchestra and band by Martin Matalon
Commissioned by the Paris Orchestra and the Gürzenich Orchestra in Cologne, creation of the orchestral version

For the restored version of the film Metropolis , the Argentinian composer Martin Matalon composed in 1995 an original score, initially intended for sixteen instrumentalists and electronic device, of which this exceptional cine-concert inaugurates the orchestral version. Modeled on the rhythm of the filmic narration, Matalon's work becomes, thanks to the spatialization effects enabled by electronics, a veritable musical double of the visual poem by Fritz Lang. Echoes of jazz and extra-European music, acoustic and refracted sounds merge to renew in depth the characterization of situations and characters, generating new hypotheses and thus contributing to the rich history of the interpretation of Metropolis.

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