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Anne Dudley: Hail the Superheroes (world premiere)

Duration : 16 minutes

The Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France performs Anne Dudley's suite "Hail the Superheroes", a work commissioned by Radio France, conducted by Bruno Fontaine. Excerpt from the concert recorded live on 11 January 2019 from the Radio France Auditorium.

With her work "Hail the Superheroes", Anne Dudley opens an exceptional evening dedicated to the music of cinema by paying homage to the "superheros". She reminds us that these characters were originally born as Greek myths and other ancient civilisations before becoming a part of the golden age of American comic books. Firstly The Defenders, published by Marvel in the early 1970s, with Doctor Strange, Hulk, Namor and the Silver Surfer. Then Zatanna Zatara, a female magician with a high-hat and sensual nylon stockings, wielding her magic wand like others would lightning or a spider's thread. Finally, Quicksilver, a mutant created in the 1960s by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby for the famous publishing house Marvel. The superpowers, the split personality, the self-sacrifice in the name of humanity, were the essential and timeless values of these heroes, still an important part of modern popular cinema. This was the chance for Anne Dudley "to explore the colors of such a rich orchestra, the powerful energy of the tutti and large, broad themes."

A concert of film music, from Tati to Godard, performed by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
Full concert
A concert of film music, from Tati to Godard, performed by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
Auditorium de la Maison de la Radio,Paris
All artists
  • Bruno FontaineConductor
  • Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio FranceOrchestra