Rehearsals for Eurovision 2018 begin in just over two weeks. And slowly but surely, the pieces of the jigsaw are falling into place. This week Portuguese broadcaster RTP unveiled the official soundtrack for next month’s contest.
The orchestral theme is the creation of Luís Figueiredo, the man who arranged Salvador Sobral’s Eurovision 2017 winning “Amar Pelos Dois”. Not only is Figueiredo the piece’s author, he also directed and produced the number.
Along with Rui Guerreiro, Figueiredo oversaw the recording and mixing processes too.
Performed by the prestigious Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras and conducted by António Lourenço, the composition is a move away from the most recent Eurovision theme tunes.
As with their staging of the contest, the Portuguese have also incorporated a back to basics approach here. The usual bombast has been stripped away, leaving something that wouldn’t sound out of place on an old-school Hollywood movie.
Gentle and soothing, some percussion adds a sense of gravitas. If the Oscars want a new backing track for next year’s In Memoriam segment, they need look no further.
Eurovision 2018 All Aboard Soundtrack
According to the official press release, RTP invited seven Portuguese composers from different musical areas to create an original soundtrack based on the narrative and visual identity of the 2018 contest.
The soundtrack had to consist of various musical pieces, adapted both to the needs of the television shows as well the several parallel events taking place across Lisbon.
This chosen theme will take several different forms throughout all three live shows in May.
Fan reaction has been mostly positive, with many reacting warmly to the soundtrack’s cinematic flourishes. Our own Portuguese correspondent Bernardo claimed it brought him to tears, presumably of joy.
— Bernardo Tavares Pereira (@b_tavares_p) April 12, 2018
This year’s Eurovision soundtrack is just magical ??
— Jose ?????? (@JoseOigemeel) April 12, 2018
I’m in love with the soundtrack this year. #Eurovision
— Peach Sornsakon (@psgpeaches) April 12, 2018
GUYS, THE EUROVISION 2018 THEME IS SOOOOOOOOO BEAUTIFUL https://t.co/YKPV1dJmpi
— baltasar (@krxpto) April 12, 2018
Although not everyone was pleased.
EBU: what do you think about the official soundtrack for ESC 2018?
— eric ?????? (@ericlewan) April 12, 2018
What do you think of this year's Eurovision soundtrack? https://t.co/SrILchMGd2
I'm still trying to figure out what I feel about it tbh
— Eurofan ??| ?????????? (@myescstatements) April 12, 2018
The beginning was little bit boring but I liked the rest of this year's theme song?? https://t.co/b8LDppBYM1
— Elif (@elifsalmanh) April 12, 2018
What do you think of the Eurovision 2018 soundtrack? How does it compare to recent efforts from Kyiv, Stockholm, Vienna and beyond? Let us know in the comments below.
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