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Charles Gerhardt conducts the National Philharmonic Orchestra in John Williams' Star Wars (1977) concert suite, using the original film orchestration for large orchestra, and Williams' Close Encounters of the Third Kind suite. Recorded December 23, 1977 at Kingsway Hall in London.
The original LP ARL1 2698 (1978) stereo remixed in quadrophonic from the original analogue multitrack tapes by Michael J. Dutton. Remastered from the original analogue tapes by Michael J. Dutton.
Williams arranged his own concert suite from Star Wars, but conductor Charles Gerhardt uses the original orchestrations (for larger orchestra) and adds an additional short two-minute cue to make a six-movement suite. Close Encounters of the Third Kind combines the stylistically disparate atonal music from early in the film with the hyper-Romantic final scene to make a coherent orchestra suite that contains the principal elements of the score. Gerhardt's performances are masterful and the sound is near demonstration quality. This Close Encounters contains the best available version of the extended musical finale.
- Super Audio CD
- SACD Multi-Channel SACD Layer
- SACD Stereo SACD Layer
- All Tracks Available in Stereo & Multi-Channel
- This Hybrid CD Can Be Played on Any Standard CD Player
- Original LP ARL1 2698 (1978) Stereo Remixed in Quadrophonic from the Original Analogue Multitrack Tapes by Michael J. Dutton
- Remastered from the Original Analogue Tapes by Michael J. Dutton
- Manufactured in Austria
|National Philharmonic Orchestra|
John Williams (b.1932)
Star Wars (1977)- Concert suite, using the original film orchestration for large orchestra
- I Main Title
- II The Little People Work
- III Here They Come!
- IV Princess Leia
- V The Final Battle
- VI The Throne Room and End Title
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) - Suite
- Barnstorming - Arrival of the Mother Ship - The Pilots' Return - The Visitors - Final Scene