You can sense my suspicions of middle-brow pretense, though ex-Arcade Fire-ian Owen Pallet, whose violin concerto will be performed, did just receive an Oscar nomination. If he’s victorious, that will be one more than any of Ennio Morricone’s have ever garnered. While today’s pop musicians attempt to scale up for seriousness, Morricone was incorporating surf guitar and theremin into concert music. And just as Pallet gets played in the Volksbühne as if he were Zeitkratzer, Morricone’s bringing an 80-plus-piece orchestra to O2 World, the same venue as Thirty Seconds To Mars.
Originally published in issue #124, February 2014.