“Stanley Kubrick loved classical music,” writes Tim Greiving in Tuesday’s (11/20) Los Angeles Times. “And by boldly, even provocatively laying pieces from the repertoire—from ancient to avant-garde—against his visual narratives, he recontextualized many of them for all time. Few people now hear ‘Also sprach Zarathustra’ or ‘The Blue Danube Waltz’ without thinking of Kubrick’s indelible imagery. ‘I knew that was, of course, Stanley’s strong point, and that he was brilliant at picking great classical pieces,’ said Malcolm McDowell, who played the lecherous lad in Kubrick’s 1971 satire, ‘A Clockwork Orange.’ ‘I never could really quite work it out whether it was because he was too cheap to hire a musical writer to do original music—but I think, obviously, that using classical pieces evokes so much.’ McDowell will host the concert ‘Stanley Kubrick’s Sound Odyssey’ this week at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Conducted by Jessica Cottis, an Australian with film-themed concert experience, the program will pair film clips with a live performance by the L.A. Philharmonic and L.A. Master Chorale in a montage of some of the best-known classical selections employed by the maverick filmmaker.”

Posted November 21, 2018