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  1. I definitely do. I felt that way too with the Dudamel album. It's not JW's first time on DG (I think Tree Song with the BSO might be the first DG (non-Decca) one), but this feels the most prominent.
  2. lairdo

    John Williams Sinfonietta for Wind Ensemble

    I just found the CD in Japan for $15.50 (only 1 copy). I asked one of my co-workers in our Tokyo office to get it for me (it was not allowed to be shipped to the US). She happened to have a trip planned to HQ, so she dropped it off with another co-worker who brought it to me in Seattle! I also have the LP which I bought on eBay in the fall for $10 in very good condition. I actually think my rip and click/denoise of the LP sounds brighter than the CD for some reason. I am not sure why that is given the LP is capped at 12 kHz or so and the CD shows signal up to 20 kHz as would be expected. In any case, I actually like all the pieces on the album.
  3. For a Star Wars super clear "out in the open" working of the theme, Giacchino uses it in The Master Switch starting at 29 seconds (with a bit of a beat between the falling notes that make up the two syllables in each word - Di-es – I-rae). (At least that is what I hear he is doing. Please correct me for those who disagree.) As the wiki page states, Dies Irae means Day of Wrath, although sometimes it can be Day of Judgement. So, composers tend to use it when signifying something tragic or really bad is happening. It appears in a lot more than just film music. It pops up in all sorts of music (a nice list is on the wiki page referenced above). Once you hear it and know it, when it pops again somewhere else, you cannot miss it.
  4. lairdo

    John Williams Discography

    Excellent. Thanks. I tried to find a reference in the threads, but I did not search hard enough I guess. Update - and apologies if this has been found already. I went to the US Copyright Office database. Evening at Pops: T.V. Theme is listed as being created in 1981. So, it seems that is the date we should probably use to list it. https://cocatalog.loc.gov/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?v1=18&ti=1,18&Search_Arg=evening at pops&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=25&PID=9k6ZLAWqd8b9h7OZyMDJ9X4SAL&SEQ=20190324201814&SID=1 Thanks. Let's see if that resonates. Makes sense.
  5. lairdo

    John Williams Discography

    Sorry - I meant small as in length. Have editing my post to short instead. (I noted it proceeds We're Looking Good." But, more importantly, you are confirming that this is indeed a JW piece Evening at Pops theme? I would love to add it to the wiki as another composition.
  6. lairdo

    John Williams Discography

    Hi - I would love input on how to handle the medley piece "John Williams Evening at Pops." This piece is comprised of a short intro followed by the concert track "We're Looking Good", The Cowboys overture, the Witches Dance from The Witches of Eastwick and then the Olympic Fanfare. That short opening fanfare that opens the piece - I think this is JW's theme for the Evening at Pops PBS show of the same name. I have this on two albums (so far): The Band of The Life Guards From the Big Screen and The Band of the Royal Corps of Engineers Quality Plus. There are other recordings on YouTube. John Higgins did the arrangement in 1987 from what I could tell (but the sheet music is out of print). Higgins did a number of arrangements of Williams music. Here's the Quality Plus recording: So, the question is how to list this in the discography. Both @Bespin's listing and the Wiki Discography have the Quality Plus album and noted as containing "We're Looking Good" (with no mention of the Olympic Fanfare). Neither has the From the Big Screen album from what I could find (but I will fix that later today). I think there are four options: 1. Consider the entire suite its own concert work and list it as such (referencing what it includes). However, it's not arranged by Williams although presumably he okayed it. 2. List this for both We're Looking Good and The Olympic Fanfare (with notes that those pieces are in the suite) and maybe Evening at Pops theme (see question below). 3. Only list this for We're Looking Good which matches the current plan and is really the more useful aspect since that has so few commercially available recordings and the Olympic Theme is in many places by itself. Also do the same for Evening at Pops (see blow). 4. List it both ways - it's own concert piece and note that the specific concert works exist in it. (This more impacts the Wiki because Bespin's pages list the albums in the order of release regardless of content.) Thoughts? I think I lean to 1 or 4. But wanted to solicit ideas and feedback. And on the question: Is that opening the Evening at Pops theme? If so, I want to add that to the wiki and other places since I am not even sure it's listed under him at all. But as I cannot get 100% confirmation that this is the case, I want to be careful. Anyone know? I've tried to find the openings to the PBS shows on youtube, but the few I found only seem to start with clips of music from that evening's show. (Yes, I know this is getting down to nitpickiness here. But it's what we do on this thread!)
  7. lairdo

    John Williams Discography

    Excellent. Thanks for finding! I've added it to the Wiki, and I've sent Bespin the updated page for his website. Here's a YouTube link to the full album if people want to listen. (music from Rota, Broughton, Morricone and Williams)
  8. I should note that this album has been released on CD and some parts on SACD over the years, so the LA Phil collection is not new. Actually though, think it's great that the collection does include these John Williams tracks.
  9. Is this what is on this album? (Image attached.) If so, I believe all of those tracks (Side A was SW and Side B CE3K) are coming out on the the Deutsche Grammophon LA Phil 100 30+ disc set. Side A/SW is paired with Also Sprach Zarathustra on CD 2 and Side B/CE3K is paired with Holst The Planets on disc 3. https://www.deutschegrammophon.com/us/cat/4836100 I think it comes out tomorrow although Amazon shows it as unavailable to order. Barnes & Noble has it, and I think iTunes will too (but possibly only 100 tracks from the full set). ----- Separately, got a notice from Amazon that my physical copy of Celebrating John Williams CD set is confirmed for release date delivery on March 29. "We have good news! One of your pre-ordered items is now eligible for release date delivery and has been upgraded at no additional charge. Your new delivery estimate is: Gustavo Dudamel/Los Angeles Philharmonic "Celebrating John Williams [2 CD]" Estimated arrival date: March 29, 2019"
  10. The term sweetener comes from adding sugar to coffee or tea. I recall using the term not only for music but sound effects as well. It’s just something to enhance the flavor and call out some detail or moment. If it was in the original orchestration, then it is not a sweetener even if recorded separately. That would be just an overlay. However, the result is the same - the filmmakers wanted the sound to pop out for a story telling or emotional reason. Being recorded separately of course could be because someone wanted an addition later or just that the player was not available at the same time.
  11. I love those old adobe buildings on the backlot at Universal and particularly around Amblin's offices. And is that a BMW 7 Series (circa 2015) parked in John Williams' spot? Agreed that JW and Anne-Sophie look awesome in the photo. Looking forward to July 7 at Tanglewood!
  12. HDTracks is showing the album now, including the PDF booklet. http://www.hdtracks.com/catalog/product/view/id/764864/s/celebrating-john-williams-live-at-walt-disney-concert-hall-los-angeles-2019/category/154/ I've updated my original post too. Yeah, I need to process this cue a bit. It's not just minimally different - which is fine. It's just sort of a surprise as my brain expects certain notes and then those don't follow. Marion's Theme however is really lush and enjoyable. I suspect a number of the players from the LA Phil were at the Royce Hall sessions with Williams and Spielberg.
  13. lairdo

    John Williams Discography

    As Celebrating John Williams is now out and contains the Olympic Fanfare and Theme, I have added it to the wiki page in the concert works section.
  14. Strangely, I still cannot find this on HDTracks. I've posted to their FB group to see if they can shed light on why. It's in their email blast from yesterday with new releases. The CD set is March 29 worldwide. They dropped the digital versions today, so the release is split. I think the CDs were planned for today too, but I guess something happened to delay that 2 weeks. I'm glad they kept the digital date. My favorite track so far is the Jaws Out to Sea and Shark Cage Fugue as the instruments really seem to pop out of the recording. That being said, I'm taking it slow and haven't even listened to Indiana Jones stuff yet! Well, a got a nice surprise. I just received an email (below) from ProStudio Masters apologizing that my order did not include the Digital Booklet. They emailed me the PDF directly, and I see their website now shows it included. Not sure if they saw this thread or just caught their own error. I've updated my original post. "Hi Laird,It has come to our attention that a recently placed order did not include a digital booklet for "Celebrating John Williams". To rectify this, we are sending it directly as an attachment to this message.Our apologies for any inconvenience.Best regards,"
  15. Digital purchase and listen links are populating: Hi Res - Purchase with Digital PDF Booklet ProStudio Masters: https://www.prostudiomasters.com/album/page/31214 Presto Records (euros and also sells to US purchasers): https://www.prestomusic.com/classical/products/8607317--celebrating-john-williams HDTracks.com - http://www.hdtracks.com/catalog/product/view/id/764864/s/celebrating-john-williams-live-at-walt-disney-concert-hall-los-angeles-2019/category/154/ Hi Res Streaming Tidal: https://tidal.com/album/105475065 Standard purchase and streaming Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/celebrating-john-williams-live-at-walt-disney-concert/1454543666 Amazon Music: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07P5V9HSJ/ref=dm_ws_sp_ps_dp YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_ll6sgiqDqqf99gUOws2nl--OF3RMPF8nI Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/1bMwyCHGWSlF866IqpYnK5 Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Los_Angeles_Philharmonic_Celebrating_John_Williams?id=B46tbq5zlnz6ep2j34abemnztku The 2 CD set is still slated for release on March 29 Edits: Mar 15 7:12 pm PDT - reorganized a bit. Added HDTracks link and confirmed PDF booklet part of those purchases.