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    lairdo got a reaction from rough cut in ACROSS THE STARS - Williams / Mutter collaboration album NOW AVAILABLE - Deluxe Edition on September 27th contains 5 additional tracks & DVD   
    I know. I was just trying to offer a further explanation theory as to why they were called that. Total speculation on my part though. 
     
    Yes. We were given a link to the album online ahead of our interview which is how we were able to play some small segments of it on the Podcast. Some sort of press/preview site. 
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    lairdo got a reaction from Jay in ACROSS THE STARS - Williams / Mutter collaboration album NOW AVAILABLE - Deluxe Edition on September 27th contains 5 additional tracks & DVD   
    I know. I was just trying to offer a further explanation theory as to why they were called that. Total speculation on my part though. 
     
    Yes. We were given a link to the album online ahead of our interview which is how we were able to play some small segments of it on the Podcast. Some sort of press/preview site. 
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    lairdo reacted to rough cut in ACROSS THE STARS - Williams / Mutter collaboration album NOW AVAILABLE - Deluxe Edition on September 27th contains 5 additional tracks & DVD   
    So here are some thoughts on the bonus tracks:
     
    Princess Leia's Theme
    Simply a gorgeous rendition of one of John William's most beautiful melodies. It really is different hearing it played by violin rather than horn, the new texture evokes a different feeling, perhaps elevating it to heights it never reached before - and that's saying something.
     
    The Chairman's Waltz
    The soundtrack to Memoirs Of A Geisha was never a top 10 score for me, and I've been struggling over the years trying to find the magic in the score, but never quite succeeding. Until now that is! Mutter's playing is passionate and melodic, the orchestra's playing is sublime.
     
    Markings
    John Williams's concert work can be difficult to get into, as it differs quite a bit from how he composes a soundtrack. This recording of Markings, however, changes that. Some of the string arrangements remind me of Empire Strikes Back, and Mutter's playing is haunting, dark, and mournful. There is a lot of longing in the piece and the way she plays it. It's beautiful.
     
    A Prayer For Peace
    I was really glad Mutter played this as an encore in the concert last week. It was quite something to hear Mutter and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra play this beautiful piece from the movie Munich live in Munich, while the audience sat in awe of Mutter's playing under the setting sun. It's such a somber, well developed melody. This new arrangement is sublime, we'd be hard pressed to find a more beautiful version of it.
     
    Remembrances
    If we were to consider a selection of hidden gems of John Williams' themes, Remembrances would be up there with the best of them. At first glance, it doesn't present the listener with anything shockingly new compared to what we already know and love, but the longer we listen, John Williams and Anne-Sophie takes the listener into unknown territories of new arrangements. The Theme from Shindler's List makes and appearance towards the end, which is beautiful. It is clear that Anne-Sophie loves this piece, and her playing is shows she is a true virtuoso. An amazing performance.
     
    In summary, I can say that these bonus tracks won't disappoint anyone. They are more than just "bonus material" thrown together to justify an extra cash grab. They showcase some of the best writing of John Williams and some of the best playing of Anne-Sophie Mutter. From the interviews on the DVD, it is clear that Anne-Sophie has a lot of love for Princess Leia's Theme and Remebrances, so it's a bit strange to see them relegated to bonus tracks, At the very least, these two - together with The Chairman's Waltz - could have easily been on the standard edition without anyone batting an eye. In fact, I think it's a bit sad they aren't. Probably a lot of "casual" listeners will miss these gorgeous arrangements and melodies.
     
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    lairdo reacted to Amer in ACROSS THE STARS - Williams / Mutter collaboration album NOW AVAILABLE - Deluxe Edition on September 27th contains 5 additional tracks & DVD   
    I'd love to see Leaving Home cue from SUPERMAN as a new arrangement. It could be breadthtaking. 
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    lairdo got a reaction from Incanus in ACROSS THE STARS - Williams / Mutter collaboration album NOW AVAILABLE - Deluxe Edition on September 27th contains 5 additional tracks & DVD   
    I was fortunate to arrange for Ms. Mutter to be on the IndyCast Magic of John Williams specials that I co-host. The show went live this morning.
    http://theindycast.com/the-magic-of-john-williams-45-anne-sophie-mutter/
     
    During our interview (which is the first 35 mins of the special), we briefly talked about Marion’s theme - although she gave nothing away about encore that happened at the concert. (Our interview as on Wednesday, 11 September.) I do not think, though, based on her chat that this Raiders March was a specific Williams arrangement. I think she might have been more specific about that, and in listening to it, I feel she was just playing on top. I will see if I can find out more.
     
    She also hinted strongly about a possible violin concerto.
     
    She was a charming person to speak to, and she loves this music as has been evident in the album, at Tanglewood and on the Saturday Munich concert. 
     
     
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    lairdo got a reaction from Amer in ACROSS THE STARS - Williams / Mutter collaboration album NOW AVAILABLE - Deluxe Edition on September 27th contains 5 additional tracks & DVD   
    I was fortunate to arrange for Ms. Mutter to be on the IndyCast Magic of John Williams specials that I co-host. The show went live this morning.
    http://theindycast.com/the-magic-of-john-williams-45-anne-sophie-mutter/
     
    During our interview (which is the first 35 mins of the special), we briefly talked about Marion’s theme - although she gave nothing away about encore that happened at the concert. (Our interview as on Wednesday, 11 September.) I do not think, though, based on her chat that this Raiders March was a specific Williams arrangement. I think she might have been more specific about that, and in listening to it, I feel she was just playing on top. I will see if I can find out more.
     
    She also hinted strongly about a possible violin concerto.
     
    She was a charming person to speak to, and she loves this music as has been evident in the album, at Tanglewood and on the Saturday Munich concert. 
     
     
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    lairdo got a reaction from The Illustrious Jerry in ACROSS THE STARS - Williams / Mutter collaboration album NOW AVAILABLE - Deluxe Edition on September 27th contains 5 additional tracks & DVD   
    I was fortunate to arrange for Ms. Mutter to be on the IndyCast Magic of John Williams specials that I co-host. The show went live this morning.
    http://theindycast.com/the-magic-of-john-williams-45-anne-sophie-mutter/
     
    During our interview (which is the first 35 mins of the special), we briefly talked about Marion’s theme - although she gave nothing away about encore that happened at the concert. (Our interview as on Wednesday, 11 September.) I do not think, though, based on her chat that this Raiders March was a specific Williams arrangement. I think she might have been more specific about that, and in listening to it, I feel she was just playing on top. I will see if I can find out more.
     
    She also hinted strongly about a possible violin concerto.
     
    She was a charming person to speak to, and she loves this music as has been evident in the album, at Tanglewood and on the Saturday Munich concert. 
     
     
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    lairdo got a reaction from rough cut in ACROSS THE STARS - Williams / Mutter collaboration album NOW AVAILABLE - Deluxe Edition on September 27th contains 5 additional tracks & DVD   
    I was fortunate to arrange for Ms. Mutter to be on the IndyCast Magic of John Williams specials that I co-host. The show went live this morning.
    http://theindycast.com/the-magic-of-john-williams-45-anne-sophie-mutter/
     
    During our interview (which is the first 35 mins of the special), we briefly talked about Marion’s theme - although she gave nothing away about encore that happened at the concert. (Our interview as on Wednesday, 11 September.) I do not think, though, based on her chat that this Raiders March was a specific Williams arrangement. I think she might have been more specific about that, and in listening to it, I feel she was just playing on top. I will see if I can find out more.
     
    She also hinted strongly about a possible violin concerto.
     
    She was a charming person to speak to, and she loves this music as has been evident in the album, at Tanglewood and on the Saturday Munich concert. 
     
     
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    lairdo got a reaction from SteveMc in ACROSS THE STARS - Williams / Mutter collaboration album NOW AVAILABLE - Deluxe Edition on September 27th contains 5 additional tracks & DVD   
    I was fortunate to arrange for Ms. Mutter to be on the IndyCast Magic of John Williams specials that I co-host. The show went live this morning.
    http://theindycast.com/the-magic-of-john-williams-45-anne-sophie-mutter/
     
    During our interview (which is the first 35 mins of the special), we briefly talked about Marion’s theme - although she gave nothing away about encore that happened at the concert. (Our interview as on Wednesday, 11 September.) I do not think, though, based on her chat that this Raiders March was a specific Williams arrangement. I think she might have been more specific about that, and in listening to it, I feel she was just playing on top. I will see if I can find out more.
     
    She also hinted strongly about a possible violin concerto.
     
    She was a charming person to speak to, and she loves this music as has been evident in the album, at Tanglewood and on the Saturday Munich concert. 
     
     
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    lairdo got a reaction from Ricard in ACROSS THE STARS - Williams / Mutter collaboration album NOW AVAILABLE - Deluxe Edition on September 27th contains 5 additional tracks & DVD   
    I was fortunate to arrange for Ms. Mutter to be on the IndyCast Magic of John Williams specials that I co-host. The show went live this morning.
    http://theindycast.com/the-magic-of-john-williams-45-anne-sophie-mutter/
     
    During our interview (which is the first 35 mins of the special), we briefly talked about Marion’s theme - although she gave nothing away about encore that happened at the concert. (Our interview as on Wednesday, 11 September.) I do not think, though, based on her chat that this Raiders March was a specific Williams arrangement. I think she might have been more specific about that, and in listening to it, I feel she was just playing on top. I will see if I can find out more.
     
    She also hinted strongly about a possible violin concerto.
     
    She was a charming person to speak to, and she loves this music as has been evident in the album, at Tanglewood and on the Saturday Munich concert. 
     
     
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    lairdo got a reaction from crumbs in ACROSS THE STARS - Williams / Mutter collaboration album NOW AVAILABLE - Deluxe Edition on September 27th contains 5 additional tracks & DVD   
    I was fortunate to arrange for Ms. Mutter to be on the IndyCast Magic of John Williams specials that I co-host. The show went live this morning.
    http://theindycast.com/the-magic-of-john-williams-45-anne-sophie-mutter/
     
    During our interview (which is the first 35 mins of the special), we briefly talked about Marion’s theme - although she gave nothing away about encore that happened at the concert. (Our interview as on Wednesday, 11 September.) I do not think, though, based on her chat that this Raiders March was a specific Williams arrangement. I think she might have been more specific about that, and in listening to it, I feel she was just playing on top. I will see if I can find out more.
     
    She also hinted strongly about a possible violin concerto.
     
    She was a charming person to speak to, and she loves this music as has been evident in the album, at Tanglewood and on the Saturday Munich concert. 
     
     
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    lairdo got a reaction from Modest Expectations in ACROSS THE STARS - Williams / Mutter collaboration album NOW AVAILABLE - Deluxe Edition on September 27th contains 5 additional tracks & DVD   
    I was fortunate to arrange for Ms. Mutter to be on the IndyCast Magic of John Williams specials that I co-host. The show went live this morning.
    http://theindycast.com/the-magic-of-john-williams-45-anne-sophie-mutter/
     
    During our interview (which is the first 35 mins of the special), we briefly talked about Marion’s theme - although she gave nothing away about encore that happened at the concert. (Our interview as on Wednesday, 11 September.) I do not think, though, based on her chat that this Raiders March was a specific Williams arrangement. I think she might have been more specific about that, and in listening to it, I feel she was just playing on top. I will see if I can find out more.
     
    She also hinted strongly about a possible violin concerto.
     
    She was a charming person to speak to, and she loves this music as has been evident in the album, at Tanglewood and on the Saturday Munich concert. 
     
     
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    lairdo got a reaction from Miguel Andrade in ACROSS THE STARS - Williams / Mutter collaboration album NOW AVAILABLE - Deluxe Edition on September 27th contains 5 additional tracks & DVD   
    I was fortunate to arrange for Ms. Mutter to be on the IndyCast Magic of John Williams specials that I co-host. The show went live this morning.
    http://theindycast.com/the-magic-of-john-williams-45-anne-sophie-mutter/
     
    During our interview (which is the first 35 mins of the special), we briefly talked about Marion’s theme - although she gave nothing away about encore that happened at the concert. (Our interview as on Wednesday, 11 September.) I do not think, though, based on her chat that this Raiders March was a specific Williams arrangement. I think she might have been more specific about that, and in listening to it, I feel she was just playing on top. I will see if I can find out more.
     
    She also hinted strongly about a possible violin concerto.
     
    She was a charming person to speak to, and she loves this music as has been evident in the album, at Tanglewood and on the Saturday Munich concert. 
     
     
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    lairdo got a reaction from Disco Stu in ACROSS THE STARS - Williams / Mutter collaboration album NOW AVAILABLE - Deluxe Edition on September 27th contains 5 additional tracks & DVD   
    I was fortunate to arrange for Ms. Mutter to be on the IndyCast Magic of John Williams specials that I co-host. The show went live this morning.
    http://theindycast.com/the-magic-of-john-williams-45-anne-sophie-mutter/
     
    During our interview (which is the first 35 mins of the special), we briefly talked about Marion’s theme - although she gave nothing away about encore that happened at the concert. (Our interview as on Wednesday, 11 September.) I do not think, though, based on her chat that this Raiders March was a specific Williams arrangement. I think she might have been more specific about that, and in listening to it, I feel she was just playing on top. I will see if I can find out more.
     
    She also hinted strongly about a possible violin concerto.
     
    She was a charming person to speak to, and she loves this music as has been evident in the album, at Tanglewood and on the Saturday Munich concert. 
     
     
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    lairdo reacted to crumbs in ACROSS THE STARS - Williams / Mutter collaboration album NOW AVAILABLE - Deluxe Edition on September 27th contains 5 additional tracks & DVD   
    It definitely feels like a sister piece to his new HS&TP arrangement. It's a gorgeous two-movement mini-suite just for Carrie.
     
    And if this is Williams' writing form in 2019, I don't think we have anything to worry about for TROS. He's still at the top of his game drawing inspiration from this series, even after four decades writing for it.
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    lairdo got a reaction from Jurassic Shark in ACROSS THE STARS - Williams / Mutter collaboration album NOW AVAILABLE - Deluxe Edition on September 27th contains 5 additional tracks & DVD   
    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!
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    lairdo got a reaction from The Illustrious Jerry in John Williams Discography   
    Hey all - I've added Hooten Plays Williams to the Trumpet Concerto section of concert works of the wikipedia. The album drops on Friday, and as I just finished the edit of our podcast interview with Mr. Hooten, I figured I would update the listings.
     
    I'll share the link to the podcast later tonight. The mini album is great, and we learned from Mr. Hooten that the end of the first movement has been rewritten by John Williams for this recording. (JW also conducts on this.) Born on the 4th of July is included too.
     
    Here's the cover art. 
     
    Sorry if it sounds like I am shilling for this! (Although I was a KS backer on it, so maybe I am entitled a bit.)
     

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    lairdo got a reaction from Jay in David Helbock Playing John Williams CD & Vinyl (August 2019)   
    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.)
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    lairdo got a reaction from thx99 in David Helbock Playing John Williams CD & Vinyl (August 2019)   
    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.)
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    lairdo reacted to Arpy in ACROSS THE STARS - Williams / Mutter collaboration album NOW AVAILABLE - Deluxe Edition on September 27th contains 5 additional tracks & DVD   
    Ordered the deluxe edition from Presto with shipping to Australia - better deal than Amazon by about $20! So, thankyou @TownerFan for sharing that article on Presto!
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    lairdo got a reaction from Iilovejw in Tanglewood 2019: ANH Live, "Across the Stars", Film Night and more   
    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!)
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    lairdo reacted to Marian Schedenig in Tanglewood 2019: ANH Live, "Across the Stars", Film Night and more   
    I made it myself. I put it up on the internet for a while, after someone asked me about it and I figured I might just as well make it available for everyone, but they shut it down after a few days for supposed infringement of copyright/personality rights. I figured I don't know enough about the specific laws to tell whether that's justified, so I let it be. So I guess you'd just have to make your own as well.
     
    I'm pretty sure they left out Olivia de Havilland (although she appeared later during the Western montage). The laughs were for Tootsie and Miss Piggy.
     
     
    Not much to add to what's already been said. It was an amazing experience and easily worth the roughly $1500 spent on tickets, travel and accommodation. Seeing Boston and the upcoming week in NYC are just a bonus on top. I really get the impression that after all these years Williams still gets more and more out of his classic compositions. The Star Wars main title came surprisingly close to Gerhardt's, and the Imperial March was one of the best I've heard.
     
    We stuck around for a while after the concerts and talked a bit more until most people had left. Still got stuck in traffic for a while afterwards.
     
    My photos seem to be to big to upload directly to the message board. I'll have to link to them later once I'm back and have sorted them out and made available online.
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