Battleship Potemkin (album)

Battleship Potemkin (Album)

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Battleship Potemkin is a 2005 album of electronic and orchestral music written by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe from Pet Shop Boys. The music on the album is performed by Pet Shop Boys and the Dresdner Sinfoniker. It was written to accompany the 1925 silent film The Battleship Potemkin by Sergei Eisenstein.

The Dresdner Sinfoniker is conducted by Jonathan Stockhammer and orchestrations are by Torsten Rasch. It was released under the name Tennant/Lowe as Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe are the composers, but it is essentially a Pet Shop Boys release. The album is produced by the Pet Shop Boys and the German producer Sven Helbig.

About the project

In April 2003, Philip Dodd, director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, approached Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe and suggested that they might write a new score for the film and perform it as a free concert in Trafalgar Square as part of a series of events organised by the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone.

They wrote the music in the order it would be heard, using a DVD of the film as a guide. From the beginning they resolved to combine electronic music and strings; the lyrics of the three vocal pieces within it were largely inspired by the film's original subtitles, though one – “After All (The Odessa Staircase) ” – was also prompted by the role in London of Trafalgar Square as a home of political dissent.

Tennant and Lowe decided to ask Torsten Rasch to orchestrate the work after hearing his song cycle Mein Herz......
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