John Williams - The Berlin Concert
Universal 4861713 (2 discs)
John Williams: 1984 Olympics (Fanfare, Theme), Close Encounters of Third Kind (excerpts), Far and away (suite), Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Hedwig's theme, Nimbus 2000, Harry's Wondrous World), Jurassic Park (Theme), Superman (March), Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Last Crusade (Scherzo for Motorcycle and Orchestra), Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark (Marion's Theme, Raiders March), Elegy for Cello and Orchestra*, Solo: A Star Wars Story (The Adventures of Han), Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Yoda's Theme, Imperial March), Star Wars: A New Hope (Throne Room - Finale), E.T. the Extra Terrestrial (Flying Theme)
Bruno Delepelaire* (cello)
John Williams (conductor)
A few weeks before his 90th birthday the legendary American film composer John Williams conducted the Berliner Philharmoniker for the first time! The Tagesspiegel summed up the event as simply “one of those great evenings”. Regardless of whether Star Wars, Harry Potter or Indiana Jones, the symphonic Hollywood sounds on the stage of the Berliner Philharmoniker thrilled the audience right from the start. The soundtracks of John Williams are among the most popular in the history of film and have received numerous prestigious awards, including five Oscars, five Emmys, four Golden Globes and twenty-five Grammys.
The album “John Williams – The Berlin Concert” celebrates the iconic composer and captures the impressive energy of this unique concert played by one of the world’s greatest orchestras. Under Williams’ baton, the musicians bring exceptional tonal beauty and an edge-of-the-seat intensity to a thrilling selection of his scores. “John Williams doesn’t need the films, the films need him,” wrote Rolling Stone after the concert. The album presents cult themes from Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, Superman, Indiana Jones, Star Wars and other milestones in film history.
The recording is set for release on 4 February 2022, in time for the superstar composer’s 90th birthday just four days later.
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