‘Celebrating John Williams’, LA Phil Conducted by Dudamel Double Album Now Available (UPDATED with Review Link)

On March 15, Deutsche Grammophon released “Celebrating John Williams”, a double album recorded during the four concerts of Williams music conducted by Gustavo Dudamel between January 24 and 27 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The album includes the first official release of ‘Adagio for Strings from The Force Awakens‘, a new concert arrangement of music from the seventh Star Wars score premiered by Williams in 2018.

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“CELEBRATING JOHN WILLIAMS”
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gustavo Dudamel
Recorded January 24-27, 2019 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, CA

TRACK LIST

Disc 1

01. Olympic Fanfare and Theme
02. Excerpts from Close Encounters of the Third Kind
03. Out to Sea / The Shark Cage Fugue from Jaws
04. Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
05. Fawkes the Phoenix from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
06. Harry’s Wondrous World from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
07. Theme from Schindler’s List
08. Adventures on Earth from E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
09. The Flight to Neverland from Hook

Disc 2

01. Theme from Jurassic Park
02. Scherzo for Motorcycle and Orchestra from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
03. Marion’s Theme from Raiders of the Lost Ark
04. The Raiders March from Raiders of the Lost Ark
05. Sayuri’s Theme from Memoirs of a Geisha
06. The Imperial March from The Empire Strikes Back
07. Yoda’s Theme from The Empire Strikes Back
08. The Throne Room and Finale from Star Wars
09. Adagio from The Force Awakens
10. Superman March

Total Time: 1:35:17

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REVIEWS

  • The Legacy of John Williams – Fans and admirers were probably not-so thrilled at reading the programme, which featured virtually all the most famous pieces of Williams’ repertoire that have been performed and recorded hundreds of times in the last three decades. And here is where Dudamel’s touch and the LA Phil’s impeccable performance make the real difference. Williams’ music leaps off the page and shines a new light and even the most ubiquitous pieces like the “Imperial March”, the theme from Jurassic Park and the “Raiders March” get a new compelling character. The music sounds lush, grand and more sparkling than ever before, revealing all its colours and intricacies. – Full review

See also:

‘Celebrating John Williams’, Jan 24-27 concert reviews, photos and videos