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Amadeus live in concert with the MSO: when Wolfy met Salieri
As soon as the opening notes were played onstage at Hamer Hall - in perfect synchronicity with the opening scene - memories of dragging my parents to see it in 1984 came flooding back. That laugh! Those wigs! We loved it then. Mum and I loved it now. Even more than the first time.
The reasons were many: a live Melbourne Symphony Orchestra complete with chorale; a remarkably calm Ben Northey at the helm (he wiped the sweat from his brow with a flourish at the end); and another 30 or so years of appreciation of the eccentric genius responsible for the most sublime music ever written (with the exception possibly of one G. F. Handel, for whom I also have a great fondness.)
Ben Northey in full flight
Miloš Forman played fast and loose with the known facts of the rivalry (if indeed it existed) between Antonio Salieri and Mozart, as well as Salieri's supposed role in Wolfy's untimely end. But it added up to a gripping tale from start to finish, punctuated by beautiful playing and virtuoso conducting. keeping in time with a film score must be the hardest gig in the classical music industry.
It's happening again in August (There Will Be Blood) and November with the first two Harry Potter movies. It's a great way to introduce the idea of live music to a younger audience, and a thoroughly enjoyable way to combine film- and theatre-going. I for one will never take a film score for granted again.
There Will Be Blood
The blood, sweat and tears that go into an event like this must be considerable. If it's any compensation, Mr Northey, it's an audience experience like no other. We salute you.