TAS Rated 4.5/5 Music, 4.5/5 Sonics in the December 2020 Issue of The Absolute Sound!
Deutsche Grammophon presents John Williams in Vienna, the live recordings of the Hollywood legend's Vienna Philharmonic 2020 debut. Saying it's "one of the greatest honors of my life," he received a standing ovation before a single note was played. Sharing the stage with the famous orchestra and violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, he performs iconic themes from Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park and other cinematic landmarks that have earned countless awards: 5 Oscars, 5 Emmys, 25 Grammys & more.
Like an imperial battle cruiser navigating the cosmos of his creations, the Vienna Philharmonic visibly and audibly relished this voyage ... John Williams truly is the god of film music.
Mutter puts her heart and soul into these performances ... Hearing these pieces reimagined by a composer free of the constraints of film frames and time-codes is not just a thrill, it's often revelatory.
The theme from Jurassic Park has never sounded more magnificent than here, with the VPO trumpets relishing their licks, while 'Dartmoor, 1912' from War Horse (2011), in which Williams channels Vaughan Williams, is beautifully done. Clearly a triumph.
- Double LP
- Gatefold jacket
- Total Time: 35:05 (LP 1), 39:58 (LP2)
- Made in Germany
|Anne-Sophie Mutter||violin (A3, D4)|
- The Flight To Neverland - from Hook
- Excerpts - from Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
- Devil's Dance - from The Witches Of Eastwick
- Adventures On Earth - from E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
- Theme - from Jurassic Park
- Main Title - from Star Wars: A New Hope
- The Rebellion Is Reborn - from Star Wars: The Last Jedi
- Luke & Leia - from Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi
- The Imperial March - from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
- Dartmoor, 1912 - from War Horse
- Out To Sea & The Shark Cage Fugue - from Jaws
- Marion's Theme - from Indiana Jones And The Raiders Of The Lost Ark
- Raider's March - from Indiana Jones And The Raiders Of The Lost Ark