Certainly, it is a music feast which was prepared by Hans Zimmer himself and I can describe it in a few words: worldwide known music, amazing visualizations, extracts from popular films, innovative compering, incredibly talented soloists, extremely live orchestra and impressing choir.
WORLD OF HANS ZIMMER
A SYMPHONIC CELEBRATION
Hans Zimmer is famous for his surprises. I knew that there would be an intro at the beginning of the concert, but I had no idea what it would be like. When I heard the first sound of drums and saw the flesh of lights, I was completely shocked. I forgot how to breathe. After a while, it was possible to hear other instruments, for example bows, which were creating some tension. The theme from The Dark Knight slightly differed from the original one because instruments were exposed in different collocations.
Furthermore, the play of lights arouse audience’s interests and everyone was probably waiting – what’s going to happen? I do not remember the last time I had such extreme goosebumps during any concerts. I had them during that piece. All sounds were flowing through my body and they were vibrating in it. Finally, there was a batman logo on the screen and inside – the title of the concert appeared. The last sounds and a flesh, and we could see a huge inscription – The World of Hans Zimmer.
If I had to decide which piece was the best during that concert, probably my answer would be: I don’t know. Hans Zimmer handpicked his soundtracks in such a way that every single one enchanted the audience by its uniqueness. He showed his incredible composer’s abilities.
Hans chose dark and full of hard tones pieces as it was in The Dark Knight or Rush. Then, he regaled the audience with ballads and melancholic sounds from the films such as The Holiday, Pearl Harbor or Mission: Impossible II. He interlaced it with mysterious, sacred and fulfilled with choir and soloist suite from The Da Vinci Code. Also, he reached for animated movie songs such as Madagascar, Spirit, Kung Fu Panda or The Lion King. Then, there was time for other tones from the films like Gladiator, Inception or Pirates of the Caribbean. There was something during The World of Hans Zimmer concert for everyone. What is more, everyone could travel among various emotions.
I decided to choose a few pieces out of all brilliant ones which enchanted me and stayed in my head for a while. So, the first one was a piece mentioned before, namely the theme from The Dark Knight. Below, I described other pieces which certainly moved me in a positive way.
SUITE FROM THE DA VINCI CODE
As I mentioned before, Hans Zimmer did his best to interest the audience with completely diverse pieces. The Da Vinci Code suite was a substantial proof of it. I must admit that I rarely listen to this soundtrack. I have not watched the film too. However, I shivered when I heard a very first sound of a soloist and the choir. Furthermore, a mysterious sacral visualizations let the audience forget that we were not in a sacral object but at Tauron Arena. The choir’s and bows’ part in this suite was really fabulous and it moved us in a completely different dimension.
SUITE FROM THE LION KING
I’m from generation which was grown up mainly on Disney’s animated movies. So, I am always touched deeply when I see some scenes from The Lion King and I cannot help it. When I heard how Pedro Eustache played the flute I was incredibly moved. Then, the choir and bows started to play and it was just amazing. There were some hard tones in this suite, as well as, a cheerful melody with soloists’ and choir’s singing.
I think that it was the best part of this concert. The music from Gladiator was certainly full of oriental tones and it was embellished with Lisa Gerrard’s voice. I heard that soundtrack many times but that was the first time I heard Lisa’s singing live. My dreams came true. I was in my own world when I heard the suite The Wheat/The Battle. I imbibed every single sound of it and with an open heart I was waiting what would happen next.
At last, there was the third part of this suite Now We Are Free. I must admit that despite time and some physiological changes in Lisa Gerrard’s voice, probably her high notes weren’t as wonderful as low notes. However, the Artist could still hypnotize me by her voice’s tone and the way of singing. It was incredible to hear the deepness of her voice and to see how she stood still on the stage. The only emotions I could notice were on her face.
INCEPTION – TIME
At the very beginning of the concert I thought to myself: Hans Zimmer is not there so how Inception may be performed? I couldn’t imagine this piece without Hans playing the piano. Although he was absent at Tauron Arena physically, the audience could see him on a big screen while he was playing the main theme of Time. As soon as Hans Zimmer appeared on the screen, the audience gave him ovations. For me, it was a completely new experience to see the orchestra who played with the recording. I heard this piece four times live and every single time I was surprised. Moreover, this version was intriguing and magical.
First of all, the way Hans Zimmer let meet himself was incredible. The audience saw him on a big screen in his own studio. He was a host and he invited some directors and musicians to his studio. He told stories and some fun facts about particular soundtracks. However, there was also another host – Gavin Greenaway who was a conductor during this concert.
Finally,, there was a modern and surprising way of introducing the choir. Each time the choir had its parts, the screens on the side were moving and there was a choir standing on a kind of scaffold.
THE ONLY SHOW LIKE THAT
In conclusion, Hans Zimmer’s concerts always surprise and it is hard to attend the same or even similar show. Above all, this composer cares not only about the quality of sounds and arrangements but he also focuses on visuals. For instance, enormous screens, proper visualizations, extracts from films and play of lights make the audience move to The World of Hans Zimmer. Additionally, the choice of soloists, who are so different in every way because they add unique value. Hans Zimmer’s concerts are famous on a global scale and probably no one can compete. If there is a new tour, I will attend it. It’s worth spending money on such a real music feast.