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Halloween film concert

Psycho

Thursday

31.10.2024

19:30 — Victoria Hall

Concert film

Programme

Ernst van Tielconductor

Psycho (1960)
Alfred Hitchcock

Music by Bernard Herrmann

Total duration of 1h50 without intermission

The music

Prepare for an exhilarating experience with Bernard Herrmann’s score for Psycho, cinematic masterpiece by the king of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock. Known for its intense darkness, this film has viewers on the edge of their seats as it unveils the haunting depiction of a troubled young man, skillfully portrayed by Anthony Perkins. In their fourth collaboration, legendary Hitchcock granted the composer carte blanche. Unfortunately, the tight budget was not so expansive and denied him access to a full symphony orchestra. Surprisingly, this constraint proved to be most beneficial; Hermann’s decision to use solely strings aligns perfectly with the stark black and white visuals. Nowhere is this more evident than in the iconic “shower scene”, where Herrmann’s piercing music intensifies the gravity of the murderer’s fatal act. Herrmann’s genius extends beyond conventional film music. His use of dissonant harmonies, ostinatos, minimalism, and harmonic structures represents a revolutionary departure from the romanticism prevalent in Hollywood at the time.

The venues

OSR Live

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphonie N° 4 en si bémol majeur op. 60

Jonathan Nott

conductor

Recorded on 30 July 2020 at Victoria Hall, Geneva

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Maurice Ravel

Valses nobles et sentimentales, pour orchestre

Jonathan Nott

conductor

Recorded on 09 December 2015 at Victoria Hall, Geneva

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