Vadim Repin and Greta Garbo in Love (1927)
på Royal Festival Hall
One-off event on 25 FebruaryA live Philharmonia Orchestra concert screening of the 1927 silent film Love, featuring the world premiere of a new score. The Philharmonia Orchestra provides live accompaniment to a screening of Love, featuring virtuoso violinist Vadim Repin and conducted by Frank Strobel. Aphrodite Raickopoulou has written a new score for this classic silent film, which is based on Tolstoy's novel Anna Karenina. The score was written especially for the renowned violinist Vadim Repin, whom Yehudi Menuhin described as 'the best violinist I have ever heard'. Made in 1927 by director Edmund Goulding, Love starred the most celebrated screen couple of the era: Greta Garbo and John Gilbert. The New York Times motion picture critic Mordaunt Hall described Greta Garbo, in this role, as 'a blonde Mona Lisa' and wrote that she 'outshines any other performance she has given to the screen'. In 2012, Aphrodite Raickopoulou's score for Faustwas premiered in Royal Festival Hall by Carmen Zgouras Special Entertainment. 'Raickopoulou's music mirrored the film's fantastical qualities with intensely-coloured string passages and some Wagner-esque brass... [her] sweepingly symphonic writing amplified the dramatic turbulence of Murnau's movie with a passion that would surely have impressed the director himself.' (The Arts Desk on Faust) A Carmen Zgouras Special Entertainment Production. Love starring Vadim Repin and Greta Garbo is dedicated to Mrs Alfiya Kuanyshev for her special contribution to the Arts.
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