Watching the sun rise over Pride Rock to being engulfed by roaring waves on the Black Pearl, there is one composer that brings our favourite films to life: Hans Zimmer. On Friday (22 March) The World of Hans Zimmer landed in Glasgow.
Taking to the SSE Hydro stage was a symphonic army of eclectic talent set to bring our favourite on screen tracks to life. It was an evening unlike any other, evoking emotions of adventure, fear, sadness and sheer joy and entertainment.
The first half saw the orchestra, alongside conductor and Hans’ friend, Martin Gellner, take us through a journey of King Arthur, the Da Vinci Code, and Mission Impossible.
Intervals between songs were filled with videos of Hans Zimmer across the towering screens describing how he imagined his compositions, and clarifying why he wrote music for Disney films.
No less because Hans is a father himself, but, as the composer admits: he loves to have fun, and what is more fun than music? Thus, bringing the second half to life with characters from Madagascar dancing across the screen, and the musicians equally having as much fun as the furry characters.
Actively captivating the audience, scores from Spirit and Kung Fu Panda rang through the halls of the SSE Hydro – which lived up to its reputation of having one of the best sound systems – with laughter and enjoyment crossing the faces of everyone in the hall.
CIRCLE OF LIFE
It was The Lion King which truly got emotions running high. Discussing their adventures of recording the score, Hans spoke with singer Lebo M. (who is world renowned for his features on tracks from the franchise).
Whilst escaping war torn South Africa, Lebo and Hans laughed like school children when revealing how Lebo was almost imprisoned and the political undertones running through Circle of Life. On a more sombre note, Hans shares that the following scores were in reference to the loss of his own father at a young age: almost mimicking Simba’s loss.
This Land, performed on a woodwind by Pedro Eustache, was arguably the most powerful track of the night, followed closely by Circle of Life with singers Asda Kadrić and Marie Spaemann taking centre stage.
Then it was Hans’ turn to perform. Sitting solo behind a grand piano in his private recording studio in LA, Hans performed an excerpt from Inception with the live orchestra in the background. It was a powerful, talented, raw look into Hans’ connection with music, Martin Gellner and his orchestra.
Ending on a high, we sailed the seven seas with Captain Jack Sparrow on the Black Pearl with the almighty He’s A Pirate – accompanied by clips from the film on the backdrop – leaving the entire Hydro audience elated.
One thing’s certain after entering the world of Hans Zimmer: he is the rockstar of all composers.