INTERNATIONAL FILM MUSIC CRITICS ASSOCIATION AWARD NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED; OCTOGENARIAN VETERANS JOHN WILLIAMS AND ENNIO MORRICONE LEAD THE FIELD, MULTIPLE NOMINATIONS FOR MICHAEL GIACCHINO, LATE JAMES HORNER
FEBRUARY 4, 2016. The International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) announces its list of nominees for excellence in musical scoring in 2015, for the 12th annual IFMCA Awards. The most nominated composers are industry veterans John Williams and Ennio Morricone, as well as Michael Giacchino, and the late James Horner.
83-year old John Williams receives four nominations, all for his score for the smash hit sci-fi adventure “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” directed by J. J. Abrams, which is nominated for Score of the Year, Best Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror score, and Film Music Composition of the Year. Williams also receives a personal nomination as Composer of the Year. Williams has previously been nominated for 31 IFMCA Awards, winning on 12 occasions, including Score of the Year for “Memoirs of a Geisha” in 2005 and “War Horse” in 2011.
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2016 is bringing new performances of classic John Williams scores live to picture, with dates scheduled in several cities across the world until next year. Below is a provisional list of venues in which the full scores for Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and Home Alone will be performed live to the screening of the respective films. Dates for Jurassic Park are yet to be announced.
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Star Wars: The Ultimate Soundtrack Collection (Sony, 2016)
By Mikko Ojala
In slew of the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens there is once again considerable buzz over all things Star Wars and Sony Music Masterworks decided the honour the occasion with a special release of the Prequel and Original Trilogy soundtrack albums on the 8th of January, repackaged under the rather grandiose title Star Wars: The Ultimate Soundtrack Collection. While the previous re-releases were done on CD and in digital realm, this time the scores are released in three formats, on CD, vinyl and as a digital download and with varying contents. The CD incarnation of this collection features the 2 disc releases for the original trilogy that have existed for nearly 20 years now and combine them with the regular soundtrack albums of the Prequel trilogy and some bonus material (the CD version e.g. comes with a DVD of John Williams and Harrison Ford interviews etc.). The LP and and the digital presentations uniquely contain the actual original soundtrack albums from the time of each film’s release. The albums for the older trilogy are recreated from the best original soundtrack masters unearthed from the archives for this release and it is these first three soundtrack albums on which my review will focus as the Prequels sound largely unchanged on this set. And while I lack a turntable myself, I had the pleasure of taking a listen to the remastered programmes of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi in digital form.
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John Williams will share the podium with Keith Lockhart for this year’s ‘Film Night’ concerts at the Boston Symphony Hall. The two conductors will lead the Boston Pops on Thursday, May 12 and Friday, May 13 in a program that will include “some of the most memorable movie music film clips of all time” according to the brochure for their 2016 season. Tickets for these performances go on sale on Monday, February 22 (more details soon at BSO.org)
Jurassic Park is the latest blockbuster to get the orchestral-concert treatment in what has become a growing form of entertainment: watching a movie while listening to a live performance of its score. The 1993 Steven Spielberg film joins other offerings by Film Concerts Live — a co-venture between IMG Artists and the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency — including the Williams-scored Home Alone, Raiders of the Lost Ark and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, as well as Back to the Future (Alan Silvestri) and Star Trek (Michael Giacchino). – Full article at Billboard
John Williams has received his 50th Nomination for the Academy Awards for the original score to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The other nominees in the Original Score category are Ennio Morricone for The Hateful Eight, Johann Johannson for Sicario, Carter Burwell for Carol, and Thomas Newman for Bridge of Spies.
“I’m deeply honored and grateful to the Academy for this recognition. It’s been a privilege and a joy to revisit the Star Wars galaxy and to work with the brilliant director J.J. Abrams on this very special film,” John Williams said upon receiving the nomination.
The 88th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST. – Full list of nominees
John Williams – Full list of Academy Award nominations and wins
John Williams’ score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been nominated for the British Academy Awards (BAFTAs) in the Best Original Music category. The other nominated scores are The Hateful Eight by Ennio Morricone, Bridge of Spies by Thomas Newman, The Revenant by Ryuichi Sakamoto and Carsten Nicolai, and Sicario by Jóhann Jóhannsson.
The BAFTA ceremony will take place at London’s Royal Opera House on February 14, two weeks before the Oscars. – Full list of nominees
The latest issue of FSM Online features a ‘vintage’ radio interview with John Williams recorded in early 1978 amidst the success of his original Star Wars score.
The 50-minute program, which had not been heard since its original airing on London’s Capital Radio in early 1978, was conducted while the Maestro was in the UK to perform a newly devised suite with the LSO.
Topics of the interview include the premiere performance of Symphony No. 1, Fiddler on the Roof, Earthquake, Cinderella Liberty, The Towering Inferno, Jaws, Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Williams also comments on starting work on Jaws 2 and Superman – The Movie.
You can listen to the interview by subscribing to FSM Online.
Below you can listen to a sample of the program, courtesy of Tim Burden.
On January 10, pianist Gloria Cheng will perform the Est Coast premiere of John Williams’ concert piece Conversations, in a program that will include all six composers featured on Cheng’s album Montage: Great Film Composers and the Piano. The documentary film produced on the occasion of the recording will also be premiered.
- Montage – Documentary film screening (East Coast Premiere)
Selections from ‘Montage: Great Film Composers and the Piano’, performed by Gloria Cheng:
- John Williams: Conversations (2013)
- Alexander Desplat: L’Étreinte, from the 3 Études (2012)
- Bruce Broughton: Five Pieces for Piano (2010)
- Don Davis: Surface Tension (2013)
- Michael Giacchino: Composition 430 (2013)
- Randy Newman: Family Album: Homage to Alfred, Emil and Lionel Newman (2013)
The performance will take place at New York City’s (Le) Poisson Rouge. More details at the venue’s website.
UPDATE: You can read the full, unedited version of the interview here.
“Working with J.J. was certainly invigorating. I felt that he had made [the film] consistently and organically related to George Lucas’ incredibly original vision. At the same time, I felt a renewed energy, and a vitality, and a freshness that did not estrange any of the characters or material from the texture and fabric of Lucas’ creation — but revivified it.” – Full interview at the Los Angeles Times