Pop and propaganda

Another day, another silent adopted by a modern pop group. This time it’s the Pet Shop Boys, who will be playing their score to Battleship Potemkin at the Barbican in London on 11 January 2008. The duo will be joined by the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by the suite’s arranger, Jonathan Stockhammer. In the breathless words of the Daily Telegraph, the ‘suite’ is “an immaculate match for this extraordinary, groundbreaking piece of Bolshevik propaganda”. Hmm. The Barbican site has three short sound clips (QuickTime files), so you can be the judges.

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