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#1 Incanus

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:27 AM

I know this is just repeating what is said on the JWFan main page but I thought this would warrant its own thread for discussion.

 

BOSTON POPS ORCHESTRA RELEASES NEW LIVE RECORDING OF JOHN WILLIAMS'S OBOE CONCERTO, IN CELEBRATION OF THE COMPOSER'S 81ST BIRTHDAY, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8 AT BOSTONPOPS.ORG

 

In celebration of Boston Pops Laureate Conductor John Williams's 81st birthday on February 8, 2013, the Boston Pops is releasing a new live recording of the composer's Oboe Concerto at bostonpops.org. Written for principal Pops oboist Keisuke Wakao, the Oboe Concerto is the latest John Williams work to showcase the talented musicians of the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops. The recording took place during the world premiere performance of the work at a Boston Pops concert at Symphony Hall on May 25, 2011. The concerto's three movements-Prelude, Pastorale, and Commedia-run approximately 19 minutes in length.

 

 

 

This is really fantastic news :)
 


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Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:55 AM

Definitely buying this.

 

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 10:56 AM

Wonderful! I love this one.

 

Let's hope the Viola Concerto will follow soon.



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Posted 06 February 2013 - 11:03 AM

Have we heard snippets of the concert already? I dont think so... I am very interested.



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Posted 06 February 2013 - 11:06 AM

A reduction for piano & oboe was broadcasted a few months ago in WGBH Boston radio:

 

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 01:23 PM

I'm trying to acess my BSO acount to download through my digital subscription, but I'm having some problems with it right now :rolleyes:



Actually, can't even find it on the regular BSO store...


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Posted 06 February 2013 - 01:25 PM

Isn't this going to be available on February the 8th at the earliest?


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Posted 06 February 2013 - 01:31 PM

That's what I gathered too from the press release.



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Posted 06 February 2013 - 01:42 PM

Which is two days from now.

 

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 04:21 PM

I love the version I already have of this, but I'm open to different interpretations for sure.



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Posted 06 February 2013 - 04:29 PM

Isn't this going to be available on February the 8th at the earliest?

Of course... In all the excitement, I missed that important fact :D

 

Anyway, need to check with the BSO why I can't acess my flac subscription



I love the version I already have of this, but I'm open to different interpretations for sure.

You mean, the piano reduction...


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Posted 06 February 2013 - 04:29 PM

Woo!


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Posted 06 February 2013 - 04:38 PM

You mean, the piano reduction...

 

No, a proper live recording.



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Posted 06 February 2013 - 08:10 PM

 

You mean, the piano reduction...

 

No, a proper live recording.

A very poor sounding one, I guess... unless you're talking about the movement played at Tanglewood. But that's not the full thing.


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Posted 06 February 2013 - 08:26 PM

 

 

You mean, the piano reduction...

 

No, a proper live recording.

A very poor sounding one, I guess... unless you're talking about the movement played at Tanglewood. But that's not the full thing.

 

Nope, the one I have has perfect sound. And it's the whole thing. But it is....how shall I put it....a very unofficial thingie, so I can't comment that much in public.

 

Of course, it won't have much "exclusivity" now that the real thing is coming. I'll buy this new one.



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Posted 06 February 2013 - 08:30 PM

You're more than welcome to talk about fan-made audience recordings to your heart's content here on JWFan.  As long as you are not trying to sell them, its fair game!


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Posted 07 February 2013 - 06:19 AM

I was in the audience that very night! ORCH Row C.

 

Wish it was the whole concert being released... Williams forgot to ritardando seguing Jaws into Star Wars during the Spielberg/Lucas tribute - half the orchestra didn't follow, including the trumpets. He then had them slow down considerably during the first passage of Luke's Theme to let the film clips catch up, then it continued perfectly from the second passage forward. A good example of an amazing recovery, and that the show must go on.



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Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:31 AM

Excellent birthday release

Already ordered from iTunes



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Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:28 AM

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A good example of an amazing recovery, and that the show must go on.


I guess thats the difference between conducting for a recording and conducting for a concert performance.

If you lose the orchestra during a recording session you just stop and do a new take.

For a concert that would seem unprofessional I guess.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:53 PM

That's the thing about live performances: You never know what's going to happen. As a result, there are mistakes, and perhaps the musicians are nervous. A live recording isn't like to be as polished as a studio recording, but it also means there's more of an atmosphere in a live performance. A great live recording can easily be more exciting than a great studio recording.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 08:15 PM

I still would like to send the coughing audience members out of the concert hall if they can't keep their throats clear during the performance. I remember that the oboe/cor anglais solo in the 3rd movement of WIlliams' Horn Concerto recording was completely ruined by one such person, who had to clear his throat just when the solo passage started. Philistines and their need to breathe! :stick:


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Posted 07 February 2013 - 08:46 PM

Yeah... I had one such person right behind be during the "Largo" of Dvorak's 9th Symphony in Montreal last night. Then she slowwwly starts unwrapping a candy over an entire minute during some of the most quiet passages.

 

She got a few dirty looks and left during the Scherzo.



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Posted 08 February 2013 - 05:14 AM

Already downloaded and heard it

Nice work, specially the 3rd movement (commedia)

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:15 AM

Listening to it right now. It's much warmer than Williams' usual works. I like it.

 

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:48 AM

Listening to it right now. It's much warmer than Williams' usual works. I like it.

 

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I think there is no lack of warmth in Williams' concert works (e.g. I can't think of anything more poignant and tender than the last movement of his Cello Concerto) but many lack the immediate accessibility to most listeners and only reveal their depth and nuances and indeed warmth upon closer inspection. The oboe concerto by its very nature is more directly melodic and lyrical and accessible than some of his concert pieces, more along the lines of the Tuba Concerto than the Violin or Flute Concerto.


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Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:50 AM

I'm enjoying several awesome throat-clearing passages spread throughout the work. ;)

 

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:51 AM

I tell you those people should be strung and quartered!

 

I absolutely adore the second movement Pastorale. Just spellbinding the way Williams (and Wakao) can turn from peaceful rumination to something profoundly sad and touching just in the course of a couple of notes.


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Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:56 AM

My favourite concert works of his will always be the two violin concertos. Especially the second movement of the first one.

 

 

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:01 AM

The actual Violin Concerto is up there with the Cello Concerto for me and Treesong is not far behind. The first has always sounded extremely anguished to my ears, perhaps due to the death of Williams' first wife, the composer channeling his grief into the music but the Treesong just sings Williams' love for trees in a very meditative fashion. Beautiful stuff.


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Posted 08 February 2013 - 12:46 PM

Listening to it right now. It's much warmer than Williams' usual works. I like it.

 

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I think there is no lack of warmth in Williams' concert works (e.g. I can't think of anything more poignant and tender than the last movement of his Cello Concerto) but many lack the immediate accessibility to most listeners and only reveal their depth and nuances and indeed warmth upon closer inspection. The oboe concerto by its very nature is more directly melodic and lyrical and accessible than some of his concert pieces, more along the lines of the Tuba Concerto than the Violin or Flute Concerto.

Couldn't agree more... principally regarding the final movement of the cello concerto!


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Posted 08 February 2013 - 03:18 PM

Just purchased this, can't wait to hear it.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 05:12 PM

It's a great piece.  Love Williams string writing, and it's nice to hear him writing a concert piece for string orchestra.  Wakao's playing is sublime.  It's certainly one of his most fun and accessible concert works.


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Posted 08 February 2013 - 06:46 PM

Is this on Amazon yet?  I can't find it, and I have an AMazon giftcard that I'd like to use on this.


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Posted 08 February 2013 - 07:16 PM

Just purchased it on the BSO page. This time it worked very smooth. On Willows and Birches was a bit complicated when it was released.


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Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:39 PM

It's a great piece.  Love Williams string writing, and it's nice to hear him writing a concert piece for string orchestra.  Wakao's playing is sublime.  It's certainly one of his most fun and accessible concert works.

You may want to check Williams' Flute Concerto, also scored for soloist and string orchestra and his Essay for Strings.


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Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:44 PM

A new John Williams CD please, Boston Pops. Not previously released recordings with one new track.



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Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:52 PM

The Prelude is one of sheer beauty, and one can clearly tell it was written in the same year as War Horse.

 

I had already listened to the piano reduction, but the full orchestral original version shows all the lush orchestral palette that was obviously missing in the original version. The sounding is so unique, I wish Williams wrote more often for the string orchestra.

 

I'm very grateful to the BSO for releasing the live performance, and I only hope there are more recordings of the kind to follow.


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Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:19 PM

A new John Williams CD please, Boston Pops. Not previously released recordings with one new track.

 

 

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 11:17 PM

I'd not heard this at all before. It's really beautiful. 


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Posted 09 February 2013 - 12:06 AM

Somewhat off-topic, I guess... but can someone identify with 100% certainty the font used on the cover of this release?


Miguel Andrade
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"I owe a tremendous debt of gratitute do John Williams. Without his music, Superman's powers are greatly deminished. Believe me, if you try to fly without that theme, you go nowhere... one step, two steps and... down!" -- Christopher Reeve, May 1993
"John Williams will go down as one of the greatest composers." -- Leonard Slatkin, american conductor
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