Amadeus, arguably the most acclaimed film about the classical music world, will get a big-screen outing in the spectacular surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall this autumn – with its score brought to vivid life by the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, who performed the film’s original soundtrack.
This sumptuous, powerful film (directed by Miloš Forman and adapted by Peter Shaffer from his 1979 stage play of the same name) tells the story of the supposed rivalry between Mozart (Tom Hulce) and Salieri (F. Murray Abrahams), using Mozart’s music to dramatic effect. The film won a staggering eight Oscars, including Best Picture, Actor and Director, four BAFTAs and remains one of the most beloved movies of all time. The music, of course, is sublime.
Did you know that actor Tom Hulce (who played Mozart) stayed with Sir Neville Marriner over Christmas to learn how to look like he was playing the piano? Listen to Neville and Simon Callow talking about making the film in our podcast from 2018.
Part of the Royal Albert Hall’s Films in Concert series.
Conductor Benjamin Pope
Piano Alexandra Dariescu
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
London Philharmonic Choir
Amadeus LIVE is an Avex Classics International production.
Film stills and poster courtesy of Avex Classics International