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• Posted by Jorge Núñez
• Date: Saturday, July 1, 2006, at 4:17 a.m.
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I won´t start with "It sucked", but I think it wasn´t worth the 45€ of the ticket. Maybe 20€ would have been better.

The concert had two parts and was performed by "La Orquesta Sinfónica de Chamartín". Comments on the orchestra later, or tomorrow. Or never. Depends on my mood.

The fisrt part was conducted by Silvia Sanz Torre and if it depended on me, she could have stayed at home watching T.V.

The second part was conducted by Harry G-W (but for "The Magic of Marciano" theme, where he played the piano himself. Not that is a difficult theme for piano, so EVEN the guy of the orchestra could have played it. It seems Harry likes to show-off. I have this impression that he transpires and arrogant attitude that is something I don´t get to understand. Not that he is a bad composer, but he is not Sibelius either.... Well, maybe I´m wrong, and he was only worried about the concert.) and was better performed. Not great, though.

The introduction for the Concert was made by Hans Zimmer, who is taller than Harry (and me. This is not very difficult ) and has a bodyguard (or at least someone who gets up and sits down each time Zimmer does it. I guess there are too many Zimmer haters in this World.... If I have to tell the truth, it results shocking to me. That he has a bodyguard, not that there are Zimmer haters, I mean ).

Lisbeth Scott sang, Martin Tillman played the electric chello, Hugh Marsh the electric violin and Chris Bleth the duduk and bansuri. The members of the orchestra - specially the brass section - tried to play their instruments. The chorus also sang, whistled and played kazoos. If all of them had decided to perform as a single unity, the result would have been far better. But it seems is more funny when the percussionists beat their instruments out of place. The strings played well some of the soft parts of the scores. And without any energy the other ones.

Nick Glennie-Smith is a tall guy who must have sense of humor, because when he was asked to sign a copy of a score, he gave it back to the guy and told him: "This is Harry´s, not mine. Sorry. Wrong composer" He signed my "The Rock" copy anyway. Not to me, but that´s another story.

Everybody speaks wonders of how nice Christopher Young is (who also signed my Murder in the First cd, though I haven´t met him either).

Let´s hope Trevor Jones concert today is better (the orchestra is better, anyway).

Wish I could attend Basil Poledouris concert in Úbeda, but it will be impossible. You´ll have to wait for other person´s report on that one.

Although I have this feeling that you don´t mind too much.....

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