CLoSer Film and Orchestra: The New Babylon

Critics' choice

City of London Sinfonia’s informal concert series, CLoSer, begins its third season with a live screening of the 1929 silent movie 'The New Babylon', with the orchestra performing Shostakovich's original film score alongside, conducted by Hugh Brunt.

Part of the orchestra's 'Hot Tunes, Cold War' series. Running time: 75 minutes.

 

(The film was written and directed by Grigori Kozintsev and Leonid Trauberg and is set in the 1871 Paris Commune, telling the tale of the encounter and tragic fate of two lovers separated by the Commune barricades. Exploring the violence, revolution and class-conflict of the time, Shostakovich wrote this, his one and only silent-film score, for a small screening in Moscow. Written before Stalin and his censors deemed jazz a ‘degenerate' music, it is filled with jazz and cabaret inspired music and shows Shostakovich at his most wild and satirical.)

 

CLoSer are lounge style concerts, which are short in length (75 minutes) and are more relaxed in style, allowing the audience to get much closer to the music and the musicians. A cash bar opens forty-five minutes before the start and is available throughout the concert.