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Posted 12 January 2012 - 03:52 PM

Sony Classical is releasing a new CD in celebration of the maestro's 80th birthday (Which is February 8th) on February 28th. You may pre-order it here:

http://www.amazon.co...DA4/jwfancom-20


UPDATE: Track last

01. Sound the Bells! (2:50)
02. Out to Sea / The Shark Cage Fugue from Jaws (4:23)
03. Theme from Sabrina(4:58)
04. March from 1941 (4:14)
05. Adventures on Earth from E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (9:47)
06. Dartmoor, 1912 from War Horse (3:35)
07. The Adventures of Mutt from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (3:12)
08. Harry's Wondrous World from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (5:21)
09. Elegy for Cello and Orchestra (6:22)
10. Going To School from Memoirs of a Geisha (2:42)
11. The Mission (Theme for NBC News) (3:30)
12. Theme from Schindler's List (3:33)
13. The Adventure Continues from The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (2:58)
14. Throne Room and Finale from Star Wars (7:57)
15. Happy Birthday Variations* (5:10)

TOTAL: 1:10:32


*John Williams / Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles
Sony Pictures Studios, Culver City, California, Dec, 1999

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 03:53 PM

I wonder if this is the CD that Luke was posting about?

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The additional passage was interesting but not really something I would consider absolutely essential.


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Posted 12 January 2012 - 03:56 PM

NO. That CD is released by Decca, and is comprised entirely of already released material recorded with the BPO that is owned by Philips. As Miguel said in that thread, he was under contract with Philips from 1980-1989. In 1989 he signed a new contract with Sony Classical.

So both labels are releasing new CDs in celebration of his birthday

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 03:57 PM

I very much hope this will feature new recordings and some surprises.

I do fear however it could just be another repackaging of previously released material JW recorded for Sony.

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 03:59 PM

Lets hope for Marion's theme (the 2008 arrangement)

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The additional passage was interesting but not really something I would consider absolutely essential.


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Posted 12 January 2012 - 05:10 PM

I very much hope this will feature new recordings and some surprises.

I do fear however it could just be another repackaging of previously released material JW recorded for Sony.

Ditto. With Sony repackaging of old stuff is more a rule than an exception.

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 05:11 PM

What would the dream scenario be? I'd also love to have the 2008 version of Marion's theme.

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 05:24 PM

What would the dream scenario be? I'd also love to have the 2008 version of Marion's theme.

Proper BSO recorded versions of both Marion's and Irina's Themes for starters, some of Williams' unreleased concert pieces, music performed by Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman and other frequent collaborators. I bet JW has recorded tons of stuff over the years that has for one reason or another not been released on CD. Perhaps concert suites from his scores post 1995 into the 2000's. A lot to choose from really. :) One can always wish.

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 05:46 PM

Tintin and War horse concert arrangements ;)

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The additional passage was interesting but not really something I would consider absolutely essential.


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Posted 12 January 2012 - 05:52 PM

This will be a 1 CD Version of "JW Greatest Hits 1969-1999"
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Posted 12 January 2012 - 05:53 PM

This will be a 1 CD Version of "JW Greatest Hits 1969-1999"

I would not be at all surprised. :lol:

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 12:45 AM

It'll probably contain the quartet that Williams recently composed for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, as that was written for an 80th birthday celebration.
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Posted 13 January 2012 - 04:37 AM

In honor of John Williams 80's birthday, we at Sony are releasing a 2 c.d. re-hash set of tracks from previous c.d.'s

Sony seems to really be outdoing itself this year

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 04:55 AM

In honor of John Williams 80's birthday, we at Sony are releasing a 2 c.d. re-hash set of tracks from previous c.d.'s

Sony seems to really be outdoing itself this year

Well, we don't know that yet. I think you're confusing this with the Decca release:

NO. That CD is released by Decca, and is comprised entirely of already released material recorded with the BPO that is owned by Philips. As Miguel said in that thread, he was under contract with Philips from 1980-1989. In 1989 he signed a new contract with Sony Classical.

So both labels are releasing new CDs in celebration of his birthday


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Posted 13 January 2012 - 05:15 AM

You really think Sony is going to release something with never hear before recordings?

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 05:33 AM

Well, it might be like the Geisha suite on Sony's "Music of America" set. It had already been released but only on that $700 Yo Yo Ma set.
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Posted 13 January 2012 - 01:18 PM

You'd think the'd get Williams an orchestra and record some of his still unreleased fanfares while he's still alive

They're much too busy re-packing old recordings

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 02:16 PM

Many Bothan spies died to bring me this information

1. Happy Birthday Variations*
2. Sound the Bells!
3. Out to Sea / The Shark Cage Fugue from Jaws
4. Theme from Sabrina
5. March from 1941
6. Adventures on Earth from E.T.
7. Dartmoor, 1912 from War Horse
8. The Adventures of Mutt from Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
9. Harry's Wondrous World from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
10. Elegy for Cello and Orchestra
11. Going To School from Memoirs of a Geisha
12. The Mission Theme (Theme for NBC News)
13. Theme from Schindler's List
14. Throne Room and Finale from Star Wars

*John Williams, piano

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 02:23 PM

For a moment I thought we get a proper recording of the orchestral Happy Birthday Variations. At least we get a piano version played by Williams itself. It seems there are some re-recordings from older compilations and original tracks from OSTs.
I'm curious what these will be:

4. Theme from Sabrina
8. The Adventures of Mutt from Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
9. Harry's Wondrous World from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 02:23 PM

Well, at least we got an unreleased track here :)

The piece was recorded in its orchestral setting btw, during the sessions for the American Journey CD.

The theme from Sabrina will surely be the recording with Perlman and the Pittsburgh Symphony as heard on Cinema Serenade. But Harry Potter and Indiana Jones could be from the Chicago live recordings where the Geisha suite was recorded as well, I don't know.

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 02:25 PM

For a moment I thought we get a proper recording of the orchestral Happy Birthday Variations. At least we get a piano version played by Williams itself. It seems there are some re-recordings from older compilations and original tracks from OSTs.
I'm curious what these will be:

4. Theme from Sabrina
8. The Adventures of Mutt from Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
9. Harry's Wondrous World from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone


I have no idea because Sony Classic did not release those OSTs! They either licensed the OST tracks from other labels, or they are new recordings

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 02:27 PM

Yeak, that's what I thought too.
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Posted 13 January 2012 - 02:28 PM

When was the last time we got a recording of John Williams playing piano? The 60s?

I think it's super cool we are getting this

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 02:32 PM

The Geisha iTunes sessions features Williams on piano.

Also, even though not officially credited, you can hear him playing the solo on Sabrina and Schindler's List.

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 02:33 PM

How do you know its him?

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 02:34 PM

It was reported back then, at least for Schindler's List.

The theme is not heard until the film is well under way; it comes in to accompany the unforgettable image of a bridge thronged with Jews who have been rounded up from all over the country and brought into Krakow. It is heard at infrequent intervals throughout the film, until near the end; the last time we hear it, it comes on the piano, which is played with great sensitivity by Williams himself, though the credits don't say

http://johnwilliams....obe-20-3-94.htm



As for the Sabrina solo, it was reported on an old FSM print magazine, if I remember well.

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 02:35 PM

And there was this fantastic "Keisuke Wakao plays music of John Williams" CD where Williams payed the Stepmom cue piano.
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Posted 13 January 2012 - 02:49 PM

Sure, that was fantastic.

Also, we must remember that he played a lot of piano (both solo and accompainment) in many concerts during his years at the Boston Pops.

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 03:40 PM

Lol, John Williams is playing happy birthday to himself?
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Posted 13 January 2012 - 03:43 PM

But I don't assume him to sing along :lick:
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Posted 13 January 2012 - 08:28 PM

I have not heard the orchestral piece. Does it have a prominent role for the piano? If so, there is no reason to think track 1 is not that version.

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 10:15 PM

The Geisha iTunes sessions features Williams on piano.

Also, even though not officially credited, you can hear him playing the solo on Sabrina and Schindler's List.

Also Angela's Ashes. Infact the opening piano solo in the film is by Williams.

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 10:56 PM

So I guess we can expect Sony's compilations to all include one new work by the maestro. Could be worse.
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Posted 14 January 2012 - 02:39 AM

So we finally get the Happy Birthday Variations . Well it's better than nothing. It's one of the few unreleased Williams pieces left

I do kind of remember it was supposed to be on American Journey...

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 02:52 AM

So we finally get the Happy Birthday Variations . Well it's better than nothing. It's one of the few unreleased Williams pieces left

I do kind of remember it was supposed to be on American Journey...


But only the piano version it seems.
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Posted 14 January 2012 - 02:59 AM

I think it just starts with a piano solo by Williams or Williams accompanying the orchestra on piano (like Angela's Ashes). I doubt it's Williams playing the entire piece alone for 5 minutes..

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 03:08 AM

For a moment I thought we get a proper recording of the orchestral Happy Birthday Variations. At least we get a piano version played by Williams itself. It seems there are some re-recordings from older compilations and original tracks from OSTs.
I'm curious what these will be:

4. Theme from Sabrina
8. The Adventures of Mutt from Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
9. Harry's Wondrous World from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

The theme from Sabrina will more probably be the same recording with Perlamn as soloist recorded with the Pittsburgh SO for Cinema Serenade. Not sure about the rest, but I highly doubt they hired an orchestra for this rehash.
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Posted 14 January 2012 - 04:29 AM


For a moment I thought we get a proper recording of the orchestral Happy Birthday Variations. At least we get a piano version played by Williams itself. It seems there are some re-recordings from older compilations and original tracks from OSTs.
I'm curious what these will be:

4. Theme from Sabrina
8. The Adventures of Mutt from Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
9. Harry's Wondrous World from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

The theme from Sabrina will more probably be the same recording with Perlamn as soloist recorded with the Pittsburgh SO for Cinema Serenade. Not sure about the rest, but I highly doubt they hired an orchestra for this rehash.


Right, I forgot about Cinema Serenade.
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Posted 14 January 2012 - 08:46 AM

Yep, Sabrina will definitely be that one recording.

As for The Adventures of Mutt and Harry's Wondrous World, it could be that they will be from the live recordings Williams did in Chicago in 2008 when the Geisha Suite was also performed.

Happy Birthday Variations in its orchestral setting does not feature a piano solo. I guess this new recording is probably a specially arranged reduction for piano made by JW for the occasion.

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 12:22 PM

Sony Memo to JW

"John , we'd like to include at least ONE new track on that compliation c.d. were releasing but were too cheap to hire an orchestra. Remember that Happy Birthday tune, can you play that on the pian , record yourself and send it to us?"





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