Ennio Morricone: An Evening with the Maestro
Ennio Morricone continues to enjoy a successful career as a composer of film scores, with over 450 credits to date. The Italian Maestro has just turned 83 years old and showed no signs of age slowing him down during the 2 hour concert at Burswood theatre on Sunday night.
Performing only two shows during his visit to Australia, it was refreshing to see Perth and Adelaide chosen as the venues for the spectacular event. The showcase was Morricone's Australian concert debut, and Perth was his premiere performance in Australia.
Ennio Morricone began composing in the 1950s and scoring films in the 1960s, working with a number of accomplished directors such as Bernardo Bertolucci, Roman Polanski, Warren Beatty and Oliver Stone. He has a swag of awards including an honorary Oscar, 5 Baftas, 3 Golden Globes and a Grammy.
Having worked with prestigious musicians and choirs all over the world, it was a glorious treat to see our Western Australian Youth Orchestra and a 100 voice chorus (made up primarily of WASO chorus members) performing under his baton.
Morricone became famous worldwide by scoring Director Sergio Leone's western movies which featured in a bracket on Sunday evening. There were some wonderful moments during the set which featured music from "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" when the percussionists on bongos couldn't contain their exhilaration, and broke out into joyful smiles that were just infectious to watch.
An Evening with the Maestro was riveting from start to finish because his music is so emotionally evocative. Each movement invoked powerful imagery and with each swell of the orchestra, it was easy to visualise the scenes it may accompany. It is a modern orchestral sound with plenty for the rhythm section to do; in fact there was some complex, but consistently well executed drumming throughout.
Morricone brought with him some specialist musicians to enhance the orchestra as well as the Italian soprano, Susanna Rigacci who sang just once over the course of the evening.
The full house at the Burswood Theatre gave multiple standing ovations, and after 3 encores, Morricone finally gathered up his music, and with a giggle and a wave, he headed off stage.
2012 Perth International Arts Festival
Venue: Burswood Theatre
Date: Feb 26, 2012
Tickets: $199 – $89