John Williams:celebration 80Th Tribut CD (2012)

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Label Columbia Records/sony
SKU 228392015
UPC 886919425321
UPC 14 00886919425321
Format CD
Release Date 2/28/2012
Author Various
Associated Artist/Work Barry, John
Associated Artist/Work Barry, John (Conductor/Composer
Associated Artist/Work Boston Pops Orchestra
Associated Artist/Work City of Prague Philharmonic Orc
Associated Artist/Work Don Davis (Film Scores)
Associated Artist/Work Hollywood Symphony Orchestra
Associated Artist/Work Ingram, James (Vocals/Keys)
Associated Artist/Work Kaufman, Richard
Associated Artist/Work Laine, Cleo
Associated Artist/Work McNeely, Joel
Associated Artist/Work Mizzy, Vic
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Original Sountrack
Associated Artist/Work Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Associated Artist/Work The Boston Pops Orchestra
Associated Artist/Work Williamson, John
Technical Info
CatalogID 8869194253
Lable Name Sony Classical
Released 02/28/2012
Original Release 2012
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 70m : 45s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 00886919425321
Musical Guests
Itzhak Perlman
Yo-Yo Ma
Album Notes and Credits
Composer: John Williams .
Composer: John Williams .
Liner Note Authors: David Foil; John Williams .
Photographer: Todd Rosenberg .
A compilation of the legendary film composer's work with a difference, A Tribute To John Williams: An 80th Birthday Celebration features a track list specially selected by the octogenarian himself. This personal touch ensures the 15-track collection avoids the usual, ubiquitous standards and allows some of his lesser-known musical numbers the chance to shine. Indeed, most of his major blockbuster work is represented here in some shape or form (Superman and Jurassic Park are the only major omissions), but instead of Jaws' iconic "duh-duh" theme tune, it's the slow-building suspense of "Out to Sea/Shark Cage Fugue" which makes the cut here, while his memorable Star Wars opening number is ignored in favor of the equally majestic "Theme Room & Finale." Elsewhere, the sweeping romance of "Sabrina's Theme" and the Oriental-tinged "Going to School" showcase the best from his under-rated scores for Sabrina and Memoirs of a Geisha, respectively; the haunting memorial of "Elegy for Cello & Orchestra," and the triumphant fanfare of "Sound the Bells" are contrasting but equally emotive occasional concert pieces; while "Happy Birthday Variations" is a previously unreleased piece, specially composed in 1995 for four of his musical friends including renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and esteemed violinist Itzhak Perlman, both of whom appear twice here. There are more familiar orchestral works, including several cuts from soundtracks written for long-term collaborator Steven Spielberg, both old (1941, E.T.) and new (War Horse, The Adventures of Tintin), while NBC News' "The Mission Theme" showcases one of his few excursions into TV. But fans looking for a greatest-hits should look elsewhere, as An 80th Birthday Celebration is an altogether more arbitrary retrospective which rightfully highlights the best of Williams' less-applauded but equally illustrious back catalog. ~ Jon O'Brien
Disc 1
1 Sound the Bells!
2 Jaws: Out to Sea / The Shark Cage Fugue
3 Sabrina: Theme
4 1941: March
5 E.T.: The Extra
6 War Horse: Dartmoor, 1912
7 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: The Adventures of Mutt, The
8 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Harry's Wondrous World
9 Elegy for Cello and Orchestra
10 Memoirs of a Geisha: Going to School
11 Mission Theme, The (Theme for NBC Nightly News)
12 Schindler's List: Theme
13 Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn: The Adventure Continues, The
14 Star Wars: Throne Room and Finale
15 Happy Birthday Variations
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