Hans Zimmer Review

Reviewed on 13 Apr 2016
  • Event review

    If I had to pick one word to describe this concert then… Wow! To say it left me speechless would be an understatement, Hans Zimmer created a magical compilation consisting of both new and old, it was like a more sophisticated Disneyland for adults.


    It is not until faced with a truly innovative and talented individual that you are forced to sit back and fully appreciate the true importance of his work. Hans Zimmer took me on a historical journey of his finest musical scores to date; only resting in-between to pay credit to his fellow musicians on stage, tell anecdotes as to how his most famous pieces came into play or to enlighten us with interesting stories from his colourful career.

    Here is the thing with films, the score will often take a backseat to the visuals, and you are so focused on the character development, plot lines and story arcs that you would be forgiven in overlooking the sounds that serve to provoke the very emotions that make such epic films so unforgettable.

    Hans Zimmer alongside his live band, choir and orchestra filled the arena with understated sounds from much loved and adored films such as Inception, Gladiator, Interstellar, 12 Years a Slave, The Dark Knight trilogy, Rain Man, The Thin Red Line… the list goes on. Most favourable of all was the symphonic marimba, and the vibrant, African-infused operatic sounds that spawned the backing to the critically acclaimed film The Lion King, for which Zimmer won his sole Academy Award.

    Some would argue that the production and lighting was not as extravagant as the sounds. Or that maybe accompanying the soundtracks with film clips would have helped in fulfilling a more grandiose spectacle. However, I appreciated the simplicity of the seventy plus strong; and talented musicians who let the music shine alone with no strings attached… no pun intended.

    Verdict

    Hans is undoubtedly a championed hero of the film industry, it is all but a shame that he waited so long to stage his first ever world tour.


    Reviewed by   Raj Samra