As the crowds made their way to the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham, there was fear in the eyes of all, as the heavy rain continued. It had been an odd day in Dublin with blazing sun one moment and torrential rain the next. Some of the programme and ticket boots were selling rain ponchos, and while the day glow blue and green were not quite the colours of the old west, they still could be a mark of respect for the man who created the sound of a film genre. Some of his music has become the epitome of the Western, and the chance to see Ennio Morricone conduct a 97 piece band and 100 strong choir was not to be missed.
Minutes after the music started, the heavens cleared, and blue skies emerged over the outdoor venue, to the relief of all those there. The music was as epic and triumphal as you would expect from a band of that size, and showed the full range of his talents. The tracks varied from subtle lounge, to the epics such as ‘Once upon a time in America’, ‘Ecstasy of Gold (The Good, the Bad, the Ugly)’ and ‘The Mission’ to keep all the fans happy. There was a good mix of his more famous pieces, along with those that were less familiar, but with an orchestra of that size, they all sounded impressive. It was a diverse and interesting night of music for the movie buff and fan of orchestral music alike.
Update: Set list – Source
Abbolisson (from Queimada aka Burn)
Ecstasy of Gold (repeat)
On Earth As It Is In Heaven (repeat)
Here’s to You (from Sacco e Vanzetti)
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