Soundtracking Battleship Potemkin with the Philharmonia Orchestra

The groundbreaking film, Battleship Potemkin, directed by Sergei Eisenstein, changed the language of cinema and made a deep impression around the globe when it was released in 1925.

In October 2017, the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy, opened the Voices of Revolution: Russia 1917 series by accompanying a live screening of the film here at Southbank Centre, with a soundtrack born of a new arrangement of Shostakovich symphony extracts.

Ahead of the performance Series Adviser Martin Sixsmith led a discussion about Battleship Potemkin with Russian and Soviet Film Studies professor, Philip Cavendish, which you can listen to below.

Pre-Concert Talk: Martin Sixsmith chats with Phil Cavendish about Battleship Potemkin 12/10/2017 by Philharmonia Orchestra - Official Page

In the pre-concert talk Cavendish discusses Battleship Potemkin's iconic role in world cinema, it's powerful cinematography and director Sergei Eisenstein's aim to capture the tragedy, the pathos and brutality of events that took part in Odessa.

Ahead of the concert, Sixsmith also met with Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor Laureate, Vladimir Ashkenazy to discuss the power of propaganda pieces like Battleship Potemkin, and you can view their brief interview below.

The Philharmonia Orchestra's Voices of Revolution: Russia 1917 series continues on into 2018.

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