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      Donate to JWFan, win a CD!   05/30/17


      We are significantly behind on our funds for keeping JWFan alive, and need to collect donations again.
      As an incentive, I am offering a series of free CDS to anyone who donates over a certain amount!   Donate at least $10 and you will be entered into a pool to potentially win one of the following once we hit our $250 goal:   Tyler Bates - God of War; Ascension (OST, La La Land Records) Danny Elfman - Planet of the Apes (OST, Sony) Danny Elfman - Taking Woodstock (OST, La La Land Records) Christopher Lennertz - Identity Thief (OST, La La Land Records) Christopher Lennertz - Medal of Honor: Rising Sun (OST) Michael Giacchino - Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (OST, Varese Sarabande) Dave Holmes & Various - Ocean's 11 (OST, WB Records) Joel McNeely & Various - Hollywood '94 (Varese Sarabande) Joe Kraemer - Jack Reacher (OST, La La Land Records) John Williams - Born on the Fourth of July (OST, MCA Records)   Donate at least $20 and you will be entered into a pool to potentially win one of the following once we hit our $500 goal:   John Barry - First Love (La La Land) Jerry Goldsmith - The Challenge (La La Land) Jerry Goldsmith - In Harm's Way (2009 Intrada edition) Jerry Goldsmith - The Red Pony (Varese) Alan Silvestri - Dutch (La La Land) Shirley Walker - Willard (La La Land) John Williams - Family Plot (Varese Sarabande) or, any of the above CDs if you prefer   Donate at least $30 and you will be entered into a pool to potentially win one of the following once we hit our $750 goal:   James Horner - Gorky Park (OOP Kritzerland Edition) James Newton Howard - Outbreak (2CD, Varese Deluxe Edition) Laurence Rosenthal - Clash of the Titans (2CD, Intrada) John Williams - The Fury (2CD, La La Land) John Williams - Jane Eyre (OOP, La La Land) or, any of the above CDs if you prefer   Donate at least $50 and you will be entered into a pool to potentially win one of the following once we hit our $1,000 goal:   Jerry Fielding - The Wild Bunch (3CD, FSM) Ira Newborn - The Naked Gun trilogy (3CD, La La Land) Shirley Walker and Various - Batman: The Animated Series Volume 3 (4CD, La La Land) or, any of the above CDs if you prefer     All shipping will be paid by me to anywhere in the world!   I will pull names from a hat for each pool, and you get to pick whatever CD set you want if I pull your name!   To be eligible, leave your JWFan username in the comments area of your donation.  If you want to donate but not be in the running for a free CD, mention that in the comment.   Use this link or the link on the mainpage.       Thank you!   Jason, Ricard, and Andreas.

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  1. Here is a slightly longer trailer for the upcoming concert at the Royal Albert Hall in October. See also here an interview from Starburst in which Giacchino answers some questions.
  2. Roy Budd's The Thief from his score for Diamonds starring Robert Shaw and Richard Roundtree. Dat phat bass!
  3. I enjoyed watching the semi-staged Proms concert of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! - played by the John Wilson Orchestra - on the tellybox last week. There are so many familiar songs in it and there were some really good singers and dancers featured. Highly recommended if you can catch it on the BBC iPlayer.
  4. Taxi Driver was recorded in Los Angeles. Herrmann was staying at the Sheraton Universal when he died in his sleep, he and his wife Norma having flown over from London a few days before Christmas. The sessions were conducted by Jack Hayes because Herrmann was not well enough to do so.
  5. Will do.
  6. I'm going to the World Athletics Championships at the London Stadium in Stratford this evening. Hoping to meet Hero the Hedgehog. Which of the two Lauras (Laurae?), Muir or Weightman, should I cheer for in the women's 1500 metres final?
  7. Ex-England cricketer Boycott gets stuffed up like a kipper by his fellow commentator Jonathan Agnew on the BBC's Test Match Special radio programme. All you need to know is that Boycott, a no-nonsense tell-it-like-it-is Yorkshireman, is very proud of the fact that he scored his one hundredth first class century (100 runs or more in an innings) at his home ground of Headingley in Yorkshire. This is one of the best wind-ups I have ever heard. Stick with it, it's worth it for the pay-off.
  8. I wasn't sure which thread to put this in but settled on this one in the end. I must confess that I am mostly unfamiliar with the songs of Scott Walker, but very much enjoyed watching a recent BBC Proms concert recreating the songs written for his self-titled albums from the years 1967-70. Jules Buckley conducted the Heritage Orchestra and London Contemporary Voices. I thought some of you would enjoy these clips from the concert. Firstly, Richard Hawley sings The Old Man's Back Again. The fantastic orchestral backing sounds like something Ennio Morricone could have written in the late 60s / early 70s. Check out those drum breaks! I love the way Jules Buckley stops conducting sometimes, as if to say, "Eh, they know what they're doing - they don't need me waving a stick at them." The concert also introduced me to the amazing voice of the Norwegian singer Susanne Sundfor. Listen to The Amorous Humphrey Plugg and you will hear what I mean. Finally, listen to the encore Get Behind Me with the above named singers plus John Grant and Jarvis Cocker. And yes, that is a contrabass flute. Brilliant stuff, isn't it?
  9. It is not unprecedented for the most popular Proms to find their way to DVD. Several of the last night concerts are available to buy, as well as a couple of the John Wilson Orchestra proms, the Daniel Barenboim Beethoven symphony cycle from a few years ago, etc. I would have thought that the John Williams prom is a better candidate for a DVD release than most given its popularity; as well as the tickets being the most sought after for any concert in this Proms season, I understand that the concert was very well received by TV audiences too.
  10. The BBC Music YouTube channel now has a montage and three selections from the concert for those of you that prefer your Williams in bitesize chunks:
  11. The second episode of BBC Radio 3's Proms Podcast includes interviews with conductor Keith Lockhart (recorded just prior to the concert) and saxophonist Jess Gillam (recorded just after the concert). It's all very light-hearted so don't expect any great philosophical discussion on John Williams's music, but it is worth a listen. BBC Radio 3 Proms Podcast Jess reveals that the entire saxophone part is written out despite its improvisatory nature and that she had already been learning the piece before being asked to perform it at the Proms.
  12. I couldn't disagree more! I actually liked Annelien Van Wauwe's performance more than the original soundtrack recording (despite the very tiny mistake that I think she made at one point). She seemed to be going for a klezmer style which I think suits the piece really well. I love seeing and hearing new life breathed into these pieces with which we are so familiar.
  13. Yesterday's BBC Proms Extra (a weekly magazine programme on TV every Saturday during the Proms season) is also worth watching for John Williams fans. They go 'behind the scenes' with saxophonist Jess Gillam, practising at her parents' tea room in Ulverston and waiting to go on stage at the Royal Albert Hall for her Proms debut at the John Williams concert [watch from about 14:30]. It looks like she shared a dressing room with Annelien Van Wauwe. Later in the programme, the studio guests Andrew Davis, Sofi Jeannin, Nitin Sawhney and Nicola Benedetti discuss John Williams's music in very appreciative terms [watch from about 26:50]. BBC Proms Extra
  14. These were my sentiments exactly. It is true that the children were slightly pitchy at times and indeed a few of them seemed to lose their place a little towards the end of the piece, but I thought it added to the charm. I could see some of the children watching the first half of the concert from up in the gallery and they were obviously loving the whole experience. There have been some BBC Proms tribute concerts that have misfired over recent years (not least the awful David Bowie prom last year), but when they get it right as they did for the most part on Thursday, it can make for a very special and memorable evening. It is almost unprecedented for the Proms to devote a whole concert to a single film composer (I can remember only one of the late night Proms featuring Michael Nyman a few years ago) and I was pleased that for the most part John Williams's music was given the respect it deserved. Many of the performances were truly brilliant and while there will always be disagreements about what should and should not have been played, I thought it was an excellent and varied programme. I might have swapped Heidi for Goodbye Mr. Chips and included one of the disaster scores (e.g. The Towering Inferno) somewhere, but have no real complaints about the selections. Oh, by the way...