John Williams: A Celebration! An 80th Birthday Tribute (Sony Classical CD releasing February 28th)Sony Classical 80th Birthday Celebration
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Posted 04 March 2012 - 02:34 AM
The liner notes to this album are well done and even touching. Williams gives a personal statement regarding the people he has worked with, followed by a general overview by someone else. Spielberg, Lucas, Ma, and Perlman then each have personal happy birthday greetings. Spielberg, quite touchingly, signs off with a "love, Stephen."
Posted 07 March 2012 - 01:41 AM
It's nice to hear the Happy Birthday Variations. I've had the score for a while. It's an interesting exercise in counterpoint, and of course showing off his ability to write effectively for the different sections of the orchestra. It's quite an indulgent piece though... aesthetically speaking. Almost camp I would say!
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