Cinema in the 4th dimension …
‘MATRIX LIVE - Film In Concert’ brings the winner of four Oscars to the concert hall. The live film concert combines visionary science fiction imagery with the sound of a large symphonic orchestra. In his composition for THE MATRIX, Don Davis reconciles new music stylistics with the requirements of an action film, using complex and unrelenting sounds to portray the irreality of the Matrix. The music is performed by the NDR RADIOPHILHARMONIE and conducted by Frank Strobel.
‘An orchestral challenge that may be one or two decades ahead of its time.’ (Jerry McCulley)
‘MATRIX LIVE - Film in Concert’ is an outstanding musical and visual experience as well as a major challenge in terms of technical and musical realisation.
"Never before were so many sunglasses seen at the Grosser Sendesaal. “Matrix” fans dressed to fit the bill had travelled from all over Germany to an additional special performance, sold-out twice over, throngs at the ticket offices, underhand ticket dealing, all for the drug called “Matrix Live”: a symphony orchestra is performing, with all the pomposity of the late romantics, the complete soundtrack to the cult film including the opening and end credits – all done with the perfection and seriousness you would expect from a performance of Beethoven or Tchaikovsky." (Neue Presse, May 7, 2011)
"In the Funkhaus cinema though, this merely registers subconsciously, as does the achievement of the conductor, Frank Strobel, who masterfully follows every scene. Not forgetting the musicians’ excellent performance and their commitment even to the thankless parts. In contrast to a cinema screening, the orchestra’s accomplishment during the end credits keeps the audience glued to their seats. Only then does the audience stand to fill the hall with ecstatic applause. London really has something to look forward to." (Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, May 7, 2011)
"Davis’ use of the music to support the emotional effect of the imagery and his responsiveness to the changing tempi of the action are simply masterful. (...) Frank Strobel confidently conducted the complex and rhythmically intricate score, his orchestra following him enthusiastically through this strange musical landscape. At the end, musicians, conductor and composer received a standing ovation (...).“ (Lübecker Nachrichten, August 29/30, 2010)