In the run-up to the Academy Awards on Feb. 28, world-renowned concert pianist Lang Lang has recorded a new rendition of Oscar-nominated composer Ennio Morricone’s original score for The Hateful Eight.
The film’s director Quentin Tarantino spearheaded the collaboration between Morricone and Lang. Morricone — who has written the music for such classics as A Fistful of Dollars, The Untouchables and Cinema Paradiso — has been nominated for six Oscars over the course of his 55-year career but has never won. He is nominated this year for the best original score Oscar and has already nabbed Golden Globe and BAFTA prizes in similar categories. Hateful Eight is the first time that Tarantino has ever used an original score in one of his movies.
Lang, who has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people, recorded his performance of the score on Feb. 2 at Beijing’s Rosewood Hotel, right after the city’s premiere of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny. Lang performed some of the music in Shigeru Umebayashi’s score for the Crouching Tiger sequel (Hateful Eight distributor The Weinstein Company produced that film, which Netflix is releasing).
Watch the clip below.