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  1. Oh, thanks for confirming. Glad that was not my fault! On the time shifting, I think only the first half was time shifted so that there was no intermission on the broadcast. Could be wrong about that. According to the track list I saw, Yoda's Theme was not on the intended playlist. I too have Germany on my VPN, and I will try to download as well.
  2. So, what I have is fine but needs clean up. I have the entire audio other than maybe a few seconds of the announcer at the very beginning. However, I also found about a dozen sub second drop outs I need to edit. The video is more messy with me switching windows at the start and then an annoying calendar entry that popped up for the entire time! So, some people may have better copies. I have a plan to address the issues, but not sure when I will get to it. I also am hoping the site has the video up for a few days, and I can try to capture that. I think I saw a note saying it was going to be live until 13 October, but then the only video on that page was the trailer. Perhaps it will get populated tomorrow with the full concert.
  3. I think I have, at the very least, the audio from the concert. I had to set it up before running out of the house and have only spot checked the audio file. Last minute, I turned on QuickTime screen recording too. Will know more in a few hours. (I saw a bit of the stream live through, and it was incredible.) Devil’s Dance was one of the reasons I wanted to capture this. It was amazing at Tanglewood, and I too was bummed Ms. Mutter did not get a chance to learn it in time for the April recording sessions in LA. JW had apparently just finished writing it, and there was just too much other stuff to do. They spoke about this on the NPR interview recently. Fingers crossed!
  4. Grooves is about $19.25 with shipping for the CD. https://www.grooves-inc.com/david-helbock-playing-john-williams-act-cd-pZZa1-2099122357.html About 1 week or so to get here. (Mine is on the way.) The site allows checking out with PayPal and skipping making an account with Grooves which I appreciated. (FYI - the site is a German one, but they charge in US$s.)
  5. I think it's either the Hampton Terrace (because he has a quotation on that page thanking them for their hospitality) - that is in Lenox near the main street - about 30 mins walk from TW; or Blantyre (which the The Telegraph says he has stayed there) and is more high end and probably more like a 60 min walk. (Of course JW probably is driven in any case.)
  6. The album is now out for sale, and it's on Apple Music too (and presumably Spotify, Amazon, Google etc).
  7. Presto Music has the digital version of Across the Stars for sale (price in Euros - €13.13) including 96/24: I expect HDTracks, ProStudio Masters and all the streaming sites to go live in the next few hours or overnight. HD Tracks - 96/24. $17.98 (Use code HiResSummer until 9/2 11:59 PM EDT for 20% off - $14.38) ProStudio Masters - 96.24 $14.39 on sale Tidal streaming - Master quality Standard quality Amazon MP3 and Amazon Unlimited Streaming ($9.49 purchase) Apple Music AAC (or $9.99 purchase) Google and others will all have links too. (Also, Amazon shows my physical CD as having shipping with a delivery tomorrow.)
  8. It's not only odd, but it's wrong! It's the only film where John Wayne is shot in the back (at least only western - not sure about his war movies). Bruce Dern plays Long Hair, and he shoots The Duke in the back as The Duke turns and walks away from him. In no way is the character a "good guy" nor is he trying to be or treated like one by anyone in the film. In fact David Newman got two things wrong - The Cowboys is from 1972, not 1970. Oddly, on the radio broadcast, the host Ron Della Chiesa got a few things wrong too. First, he announced we had just heard Dry Your Tears Africa, when in fact, that was coming up next. (Saving Private Ryan had just played.) And, he called David Newman by his father's name, Alfred Newman. But he did know The Cowboys was from 1972! I completely agree. I would have gone with Captain From Castile or The Greatest Story Ever Told. But, I think How The West Is Won is better known. All three were academy award nominees. His winners that are known are mostly adaptations (Camelot and The King and I for examples.)
  9. I'm curious since I have only heard the concert, how was the leading ladies montage set to Marion's Theme? Who did they show in the video? There were some laughs to some of the clips, so I figured at least a few of the actresses were doing comedy moments. Did that work overall? The music sure sounded great.
  10. I was able to capture the complete concert. Will listen tomorrow morning, but my spot check of it was that it was fine. (Was actually watching A New Hope tonight during the concert!)
  11. However, there were arrangements/suite released from the films by others both contemporaneously and through today: Example: Roy Budd & The London Symphony: Raiders and Temple of Doom Suite (1986). I suspect Roy Budd put this together himself but actually have not researched it. Scherzo for Motorcycle and Orchestra appeared on the first Williams/Spielberg album in 1991, and we heard it this year with Dudamel in a different version for Celebrating John Williams.
  12. I had forgotten about that comment! I had the same thought - poor Julia Ormond. But it is also interesting to imagine that Williams always had Hepburn in mind even when scoring the remake with picture in front of him.
  13. There were a few built in cameras that they seem to have at Tanglewood (I saw one to the left of the orchestra, and other at the back of the Shed behind the percussion). I think (but did not see it) that they were showing a live video on the big screens that are behind the Shed so that people on the lawn could see what was going on. Thus, I would guess there was video made - but I doubt it will be released - there were not cameras on the platforms in the audience area where I think those go for produced shows. Someone who has been there before can probably comment on that. This recording would be more serviceable than something actually directed (such as the Bernstein concert last year, for example). I was hoping - wrongly - that they would replay the concert on Live from Tanglewood last night on Classical WCRB radio so we would get audio. However, they aired a concert from last year instead. I suspect rights issues and wanting to keep these performances for the CD release kept that from happening. As a counter example, Saturday night's BSO show was broadcast live. But maybe after the CD comes out, WCRB will air this concert at some point in the future. The usher in my aisle kept shooing my wife and I (and others) from even taking photos - and that was just during the bows! So, someone told the ushers to be vigilant I guess. I thought about trying to clandestinely record some of the show, but I really wanted to focus on the experience and not technology. So, alas, only have echoes in my head, but happy I was so engaged with the show. Others may have been more adventurous. I saw that person too. I suspect b-roll footage to support the album launch and maybe also promote the German concert in September.
  14. My understanding is that he made this decision after the 5 days he worked with Ms. Mutter in LA. They apparently just clicked, and he wanted to do it. Perhaps, he was already going to be present for the concert in any case as an audience member, especially with the Koussevtizky sculpture dedication a few days before? (I made it a point to see all 3 busts JW has donated - see images.) As I wrote earlier, you could definitely feel the chemistry between Anne-Sophie and John. My wife and I were just on the aisle about 10 rows back on the left with a great view of both of them. The concert was long - 2.5 hours or just over depending on if you count that they started the normal 5 mins late (at 2:35 instead of 2:30 pm). Williams was out there for 100 minutes, Newman just for 55. (25 min interval.) Anne-Sophie was probably on stage over an hour in total. Must have been more with applause etc. I loved after The Duel from Tintin that she and Williams sort of shadow sword fought - baton vs. bow. I also loved that JW got a standing ovation just for showing up to start the 2nd half. (I think I might have been the first on my feet in our section!) JW seemed energetic and with it. He had some issues with the step to the podium, but once atop, his energy and attention to everything the Pops were doing was intense. You get the sense of his skill as a conductor watching from up close and also seeing how rapt the players are in following his lead, Ms. Mutter included. It's hard to say what was my favorite part. First, JW told some nice stories which is always great. Second, Leia's theme was lovely as written about by others on this thread, and as Falstaff mentioned (sorry to miss your talk - did not know about it!), Hedwig's Theme was longer than the release so far, and I liked it more as this longer version. Ending on Raiders is always special for me as an Indy fan. But really, it was this sense that something amazing was on stage. These new pieces have a chance to enter the general concert repertoire in a way that only Schindler's List and Geisha have in terms of "serious" pieces of hard to play music that can show up in concert programming. And more over that aspiring musicians may try to master and learn from. I love most of Williams' concerti, but they are just played that often. I think these may become more likely to be heard, and I expect Anne-Sophie will use them as encores and parts of her program for years to come. Most are not just orchestrations - they are truly arrangements of themes we love. Let's never forget that JW spent many an hour arranging for the likes Shelly Mann and Henry Mancini. These may not be jazz like his pieces for them, but there is still fundamental quality to how to treat and develop material. Plus, he had to work in cadenza challenges for Ms. Mutter in a way that might parallel a jazz solo. Concert attendance was a bit sparser than I would have thought - although certainly well attended. Lots of empty seats around, but with the lovely weather, the picnic grounds were packed. (My wife and I attended the Saturday night BSO concert which included the Previn concerto written for and played by Anne-Sophie, and it was raining, so only people under the Shed were in attendance.) At dinner Sunday night, we overhead two couples discussing Sunday's concert, and one of the four said he was happy to sleep through it! I wanted to have a word with him, if you know what I mean. Happily his wife, who clearly is the smart one in that family, came to the rescue and told him she enjoyed hearing these themes on violin and the artistry of the playing. What else to say? As a first weekend ever at Tanglewood, my wife and I were blown away by the beauty and fun. She's wearing her Tanglewood t-shirt today as we fly home. We have spent many nights at the Hollywood Bowl, and this beats it. We actually stayed after the concert just to walk the grounds for an hour and soak in the views and ambience. And who knows when we will get to see JW conduct again? So, if this is the final time, it was one for the ages - amazing music, great atmosphere, world premiers, a glorious soloist and a magical summer afternoon. (And to let the Williams fun continue, we are seeing live performances by the Seattle Symphony of E.T. Wednesday and Prisoner of Azkaban Friday - which is also my birthday!)
  15. I completely agree - that was amazing, and in fact, I really enjoyed all the pieces, as did my wife. All this material will be released somehow or in some fashion. No way they would have recorded it and left it in the can. I also have to say that Ms. Mutter seemed much happier and comfortable with JW than with David Newman, but I suspect that will change once she and David have time to practice for the September concert in Munich.
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