This vocalised, slow-motion version of ‘Chariots of Fire’ is comedy genius

22 November 2019, 16:39 | Updated: 26 November 2019, 14:29

By Rosie Pentreath

Violinist Aleksey Igudesman and pianist Hyung-Ki Joo are joined by the Vienna Symphony for this hilarious Vangelis parody.

We’re rarely ones to resist an amusing musical parody, and comedy duo Igudesman & Joo’s recent orchestral take on Chariots of Fire is a hoot.

With violinist Aleksey Igudesman and pianist Hyung-Ki Joo at the front of the stage as soloists, Vienna Symphony orchestra hilariously mimics the iconic slow-motion running scene in the opening of the 1981 film, Chariots of Fire – scored so memorably by Vangelis – by swaying about on stage (watch above).

Chariots of fire - movie, opening scene

Igudesman on violin adds the electronic whooshes, which those of you familiar with Vangelis’ track will know, with his own mic’d-up voice.

Meanwhile, Hyung-Ki Joo accompanies the whole spectacle expertly on the piano at the Vienna Konzerthaus.

QUIZ: Can we guess which section of the orchestra you’re in? >

Igudesman & Joo perform Chariots of Fire with Vienna Symphony
Igudesman & Joo perform Chariots of Fire with Vienna Symphony. Picture: Igudesman & Joo / YouTube

The fun doesn’t stop there – Chariots soon morphs into Monti’s virtuosic Czárdás, with members of the orchestra – who happen to be still standing up from the swaying antics before – fire off a skilled ensemble arrangement of the flashy piece.

Igudesman & Joo high-five as they leave stage – as would we have done had we been there.

Bravissimo to all involved!

Join Igudesman & Joo at the Royal Festival Hall on Wednesday 4 March 2020.

Video credits: ORF TV, Upbeat