by Robin Gibb & RJ Gibb
We proudly present the Italian debut of the original composition by Robin Gibb (one of the legendary BEE GEES ) written together with his son Robin Junior: TITANIC in Concert.
This impressive composition (immersive, emotional and evocative) has already received the praise and appreciation of the most important critics of the music industry. It is not only the debut of Robin Gibb in the context of the so called “”Lyric Pop” music style; but also and foremost, the opportunity for the public to attend an event that in the wake of innovation and the continuous research of new technical possibilities, will represent a turning point in LIVE SHOW .
Specifically, following the need to fulfil the growing demand for “look alike” live events , (NEEDED now more than ever, considering the technological progress in cinema and television); and in the wake of the positive experience with the recreation of virtual environments on stage through extraordinary possibilities given by the use of holograms… TITANIC in Concert will be the decisive turning point toward this fascinating project toward the future.
During the show, the likeness of Robin Gibb (who unfortunately died after a long illness soon after presenting his last work) will be presented on stage as PROJECTED HOLOGRAM and will interpret the main song from the TITANIC concert “Don’t Cry Alone” which was never performed live by the author, as if time had never passed.
THE HOLOGRAM of Robin represents a technological (and we dare say) also a sentimental revolution, if we consider that this opens the doors to the possibility of bringing to the public and on the stage, all those great music myths of music that still remain in the hearts of millions world-wide. During the Titanic, there will be the possibility to assist to an unprecedented event, given the presence of a virtual thematic scenography, produced with the help of the same innovative and revolutionary technology.
The TITANIC REQUIEM is a unique event. Immersive, classic yet popular that after making its world debut in London with the ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, will see his its debut performance in Italy, and then in the rest of the world also.
The concert was first presented at the Central Hall, London, UK in remembrance of the 100 years of the sinking of the RMS Titanic.
It was also aired by the BBC Teelvision on 4th January 2013
On 10 April 1912 the fateful ocean passage of the RMS Titanic began in Southampton, England. Titanic was the biggest ship ever built; it was declared to be unsinkable. But on 15 April 1912, not long after hitting an iceberg, the Titanic sank to the bottom of the North Atlantic. That trip… and that ship… is so steeped in history, that 100 years after that fateful event, the world’s fascination with it has not ebbed.
Now, to honor the 100th anniversary of the catastrophic loss of life on that oceanic legend, Warner Music Groups’ Rhino Entertainment is proud to announce that one of popular music’s true living legends has completed work on a new symphonic piece to commemorate the disastrous voyage of the RMS Titanic.
Rock ‘n’ Roll and Songwriters Hall of Famer Robin Gibb (one of the co-founders of the Bee Gees) in collaboration with his son Robin-John (RJ) Gibb, have just finished their first classical work together: The Titanic Requiem. It will be released by Rhino Entertainment in the UK on 19 March 2012 with a premiere concert of The Titanic Requiem in London close to the anniversary of the ship’s sinking.
Recorded over a half-dozen sessions during this past year at Air Studios in London, The Titanic Requiem is performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and features the RSVP Voices Choir, lead vocals from such opera notables as tenor Mario Frangoulis and (soon-to-be) 14 year old British choirgirl sensation Isabel Suckling. Suckling sings “Christmas Day,” which was digitally streamed exclusively on robingibb.com over the Christmas holiday period.
Perhaps most notably for pop music fans, The Titanic Requiem’s “Don’t Cry Alone,” features a lead vocal from Robin Gibb, the welcome return of one of music’s truly most unforgettable and distinctive voices.
As Robin Gibb notes, “Things are made important by recognizing them. It was obviously a traumatic occasion but we need to be reminded, need to remember, and the work we’ve done came from our desire to motivate and educate and engage the listener in a way which is artistically enlightening.”
And so a most unexpected creative journey began, the creation of Robin and RJ Gibb’s first full-length symphonic piece, The Titanic Requiem.
For the Gibbs, father and son, the story of Titanic seemingly called to them from the depths of the ocean. RJ was immediately on-board, drawn in. “Having been brought up around classical music, having studied classical music, I had always wanted to do a classical piece. To do it with my father…well, that was a dream come true right from the start.”
The idea for it to be a requiem came from RJ’s musical training and knowledge of Latin. RJ: “I said to my father, ‘Let’s do this as a requiem based on the Latin Mass. To keep the integrity of the project in order, to give the people who died, an actual requiem, in the Latin sense of it, just seemed the right way to express what we felt about Titanic.” Robin agreed.
In May of 2010, the Gibbs met with Ian Maclay of the Royal Philharmonic and as Robin recalls, “The response to our idea of a requiem was very positive. There was great enthusiasm for the notion that we would compose a classical work about Titanic.”
As Robin and RJ began to focus on the immensity of the Titanic’s sinking, what Robin calls “the double shock” of the ship’s sinking and the inconceivable loss of life…well, the powerful emotions Robin and RJ felt almost instantly evoked, for them, strong musical ideas, themes and melodies.
For RJ Gibb, because of the subject matter, the creative process was very emotional. “Musically, for me, the Requiem draws on the baroque, romantic and classical periods, but rather than trying to be avant-garde, we’ve come up with a new work that we think is very original yet one that still reflects the greatest music of the last several hundred years. “
Telling the story of Titanic through music was their goal. RJ explains: “The way we have done the requiem, it’s like a commemoration—-we start with the launch and the celebratory moments and the music takes us through the voyage and then into the accident, finally to afterwards, a piece of music honoring and remembering the souls lost in the wake of the sinking. We remember it is a memorial, a requiem for these people so we have kept the respect and the tradition as well as try to make something compatible to today’s ears.” For Robin, there was no question that “we were both passionate about it. And because of the emotional value in it, it was a labour of love.”
RJ: “My father had long ago taught me about the importance of artistic integrity of music. And so I knew we wouldn’t want to create anything we didn’t love ourselves. Creating something you can leave as a legacy and be proud of. It’s not about fame, but about being proud of it and loving the music you make.”
From conception to completion, the album itself was over a year in the making. Robin and RJ, composing and working together at their home studio in Thame, Oxfordshire, would arrange and produce the music with producer/engineer Savvas Iosifidis. The Gibbs worked with arranger/producer Cliff Masterson to turn their melodic pieces, themes and ideas for instrumentation into the final orchestral pieces.
Robin admits, “A ‘Requiem’ is an ambitious project. We’re trying to tell the story via the music rather than the images, trying to create music which will live on, without gimmicks or ‘prestigism.’ It’s not a rock opera at all; it’s done very traditionally, like Mozart would compose it in the 1700s.” Smiling, he observes, “There are no back beats.”
Robin and RJ were determined not to write a rock opera or a pop album with orchestral accompaniment; they set out to create a genuine modern classic, a challenge that never seemed overwhelmingly to them. Robin: “I didn’t find composing this requiem much different than writing and producing a pop song. I found the work on the requiem really gratifying, and of course it was also a pleasure working with my son Robin-John. I’m very excited about this project and I’ve got no doubt that the quality of this work is some of the best I’ve done.”
Beginning in December 2010, with Robin and RJ sharing the producers’ chair, sessions for The Titanic Requiem unfolded at London’s landmark Air Studios. The Orchestra was recorded between February and September 2011, and the choir and vocal work was completed in the autumn, and the final mix completed just before Christmas.
Given Robin Gibb’s monumental track record as a songwriter, the three pieces featuring lead vocalists are sure to attract particular notice. Gibb himself singles out “Daybreak,” which features a lead vocal from Mario Frangoulis. Robin believes that “it’s probably one of the finest songs I’ve ever done.”
“Don’t Cry Alone,” the one piece Robin himself sings, is certain to command enormous attention. Robin’s voice wonders, “If your heart is breaking…” And, of course, it is. When Robin sings “Don’t Cry Alone,” his strong yet ethereal voice covers us with love, and we cry…but we are not alone.
The music of The Titanic Requiem is the soundtrack to take us back, as we time travel, to feel and to honor the events of long ago. That is the history legacy which Robin and RJ Gibb were determined to honor with The Titanic Requiem, but do it in such a way that it is both classical and contemporary.
With The Titanic Requiem the Gibbs have created something that is both new and different but rooted in the kind of timeless music that as Robin puts it, shows “how relevant music is to the human spirit.” For the moment, on behalf of his father and himself, RJ Gibb offers the final word: “I hope everybody loves it as much as we do.”