We saw Ennio Morricone last night at the Royal Albert Hall. It’s a beautiful venue and always a nice place to see a concert. Oddly enough the previous events I had seen there were Cocteau Twins and Nick Cave, both in the mid-1990s, so the Morricone experience, complete with full orchestra and choir, was very different. The concert was incredible at first, with the obligatory Sergio Leone themes sounding particularly impressive. My favorite moment was ‘Once upon a time in the west’, just because it is physically spine-tingling to be in a huge hall while a singer makes that kind of noise. The second half was slightly less enjoyable for me, mainly because the overblown, Milva-esque tones of the singer didn’t work so well with Morricone’s later film score material, and the effect ended up sounding a bit corny to me. Still, it was an experience.
In other news, I recently cobbled together a script to generate thumbnail images of my records, which means that it’s simple for me to generate pages like this wall of records effort. I will try and get more cover art up there.