Why See Philip Glass Ensemble: La Belle et la Bete?
Philip Glass' seminal soundtrack reboot!
Now celebrating his 80th birthday, renowned composer Philip Glass is known the world over for his enviable contribution to movie soundtracks, including The Golden Compass, The Hours, Candyman II: Farewell to the Flesh and The Truman Show. However, he is also responsible for an acclaimed re-scoring of Jean Cocteau's seminal movie, La Belle et la Bete. Described by Glass himself as his most challenging project, the new score replaces the Georges Auric original score and its dialogue, performed by his own ensemble orchestra. The concert will be introduced with a conversation with the veteran composer.
Originally conceived in 1994 as part of a trilogy of Cocteau re-scored works including Orphee and Les Enfants Terribles, the famously minimalist composer surgically removed the original soundtrack to replace with a live operatic score, complete with projections from the movie. His Ensemble was created in 1968 as an outlet for his experimental minimalist works, including his first opera, Einstein On The Beach and is still going strong today under his dynamic leadership.
Performance date: 20 April 2017
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