Posted 26 March 2012 - 08:56 AM
When he doesn't have to keep up with the film's rhythm and pace, Williams tends to give a bit more breathing space to his action material for concert performance purposes. It's quite comprehensible. But in this case he slowed it down a tad too much, imho, taking out some of the piece's inner brilliance. It seems he wanted to give it the feel of a rambunctious waltz instead of a peppy scherzo. However, it's always refreshing to have different interpretations of known material.
"It's still baffling to me. I sit down with a pencil and a piece of paper and do my best... The remarkable thing is that my music is heard by billions of people." --John Williams
"Let me say, however, there is no "next" John Williams. Sadly, he is unique--- a figure who simultaneously embodies and transcends the music of all the masters of film music who preceded him (much like Brahms and Wagner of the Romantic era). He comes from a time when the craft of music in film was still one of the ear, heart and mind. Today, sadly, the craft is largely technical. Most composers do not conceive their music "inwardly" but rather at the computer--- and with rather limited skills, musically, at that. The inner spirit knows no boundaries--- our plastic abilities, sadly, do. John is a man of spirit, heart, intellect and soaring music." -- Conrad Pope about John Williams