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  1. Guys, John Williams looked great. I swear he's in the better shape now any time I've seen him. What a legend
    11 points
  2. A lovely work! The cantilena that also closes the piece sounds almost like a contorted version of "Moonlight" (from Sabrina). Makes me wonder if it could have been intentional? As much as I love his first violin concerto, this is (obviously) the more mature work of the two. Bravo, Maestro.
    6 points
  3. "We are going to play Across the Stars; a theme from one of the Star Wars films, and I have not a vaguest memory which one it was from".
    6 points
  4. The second movement is a love at first sound It's basically what I am looking for in contemporary classical.
    5 points
  5. I loved the entire concert - brilliant performances from beginning to finale! First time I heard Montgomery, she's good. Fun, accessible, modern. I enjoyed the Concerto No. 2 on first listen. I agree the 2nd movement is a highlight, I also thought the orchestral effects and interplay in the 4th movement are a whole world to explore. It took a while for me to warm to the Concerto No.1, while this is one of William's strongest concerti, again on first listen. The Across The Stars encore is a new arrangement, a touch more dramatic. Quiet City is a much belov
    4 points
  6. Definitely. Loved the concerto! Need to listen to it a few more times, but loved the typical Williams touches along with the newer stuff. Sublime playing by ASM - she always performs at the highest level to the point where it's easy to take it for granted. Amazing stuff!
    4 points
  7. Well, I really liked Rounds! Not such a huge fan of Prologue, though. I'm reserving judgment on the other two movements until I hear them more. EDIT: They're doing "Across the Stars" as an encore! Williams gets some laughs saying he hasn't "the vaguest memory which" Star Wars film it's from -- "one of the nine," he says.
    4 points
  8. Although I haven't visited the forum in a little while, I have very much been anticipating the premiere of this piece. While it has always been a dream of mine to see Williams conduct live and in-person, listening along on WCRB tonight was still a very special experience of its own. I find that the most meaningful encounters I've had with Williams' music are the ones that are beyond my ability to articulate in words. While these pieces never fail to exude the greatest sense of wonder, inspiration, and passion, I am ultimately left speechless. For the better part of my life I have c
    3 points
  9. The piece really does require a virtuoso performer. I am unsophisticated enough to always want a clear theme to hook me (hence my love of JW film music in general), but I was happy with the concerto nonetheless. I assumed this would be his approach, as it just seems to be his authentic concert voice. Really cool orchestrations throughout. A couple of callbacks to the first violin concerto (at least to my years), but it has its own identity. My guess is that once the dust is settled, I will like 2 more than 1 (and Treesong), but I will listen several more times before that point.
    3 points
  10. 3 points
  11. Oh dang, if we’ve hit Hobbit years I choose them!
    2 points
  12. Always (Expanded) by John Williams Hard Rain (Expanded) by Christopher Young Under Suspicion by Christopher Gunning The Call of the Wild by John Powell Lionheart (Deluxe Edition) by Jerry Goldsmith Hoosiers by Jerry Goldsmith Conan the Destroyer (Tadlow re-recording) by Basil Poledouris
    2 points
  13. Really loved the Concerto. Prologue is certainly the hardest of the movements, at least to my ears. The rest just flowed so naturally... Really lovely and just amazing how it quietly ended. Across the Stars is indeed a revised version.
    2 points
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  15. "NICE!" - Me still trying to find an affordable copy of the Duo Concertante.
    2 points
  16. Yeah, I pretty much disagree on a fundamental level. I agree that the samples could be better (they've already improved greatly in Half-Blood Prince), and some themes seem somewhat forced, but most of the time, the Order's score is a dramatic upgrade from the one we got. I'm getting very sick of this argument that this project doesn't change the tone at all from the Chris Columbus scores. This score has parts that sound that way, but it also has elements of the Prisoner of Azkaban score everywhere, and even some of the dark scoring that the post-Williams composers like Desplat and
    2 points
  17. Tintin and War Horse are equally perfect too me Other nice scores: The First Avenger Hugo Real Steel On Stranger Tides Super 8 Rango Ghost Protocol Dark of the Moon The Artist Cars 2
    1 point
  18. Lincoln is by far the best but those other scores are really nice too: John Carter Skyfall The Avengers The Impossible The Amazing Spider-Man The Dark Knight Rises MIB3 Jack Reacher Battleship Django Unchained (although it's just on pre-existing materials) Dark Shadows The Hobbit 1 Brave Zero Dark Thirty (although it's mainly just work in the movie)
    1 point
  19. Revisited one of my old favourites I attempted multiple times, The Boys of Paul Street: The music of this classic was composed by prominent vocal composer Emil Petrovics, known for his operas and ballets. One of the main motifs is the waltz of the handcranked barrel-organ, symbolising the invisible hand of fate cranking life forward, making the music go on, an idea also present in some of the director's other films (Professor Hannibal, The Fifth Seal). Early in the movie it's present as source music originating from the actual barrel-organ on the street, later it comes ba
    1 point
  20. Hey guys thanks for the comments. @bollemanneke As we've mentioned I'm not claiming to be John Williams, so feel free to take or leave the interpretation. We didn't include other composers' themes because the goal is a cohesive narrative and sound world in the style of JW. It's interesting to work with as the films evolve (cough Yates cough) so we hope you'll still enjoy some things, and we're taking inspiration from some predecessors in the Williams catalogue as well as some favorite successors in other sequel films. I do appreciate the feedback though. And @superultramegaa thanks
    1 point
  21. Is it not for sale or something anymore? Funny I also hear some Sabrina sounds in the concerto in more than one part actually! I wonder if it was just in the back of his mind from the arrangements. I loved the concerto, absolutely need more than one listen. It is absolutely amazing to me how one composer can have such a diverse repertoire. Stravinsky and Schonberg are really the only two other composers that come to mind like that. It's interesting that this piece also featured a big harp solo, less so than Highwood, but he's done that a few times in his works. There is a
    1 point
  22. Couldn't agree more. And yes, I also noticed the "Moonlight" kind of quote...
    1 point
  23. Across the Stars followed by Rounds & Dactyls can form an elegant tri-movement concerto of their own. Especially fortunate to have them recorded on the same occasion.
    1 point
  24. I really need to listen to this again, but I couldn't agree more about the orchestration - many little gems scattered throughout the piece. Can someone else confirm that the arrangement of Across the Stars was different just so that I don't go crazy wondering? Now it's time for sleep!
    1 point
  25. Lincoln, but Life of Pi really is lovely
    1 point
  26. Rounds was the highlight, yes. Prologue was a bit heavy and serious, perhaps straining a tad under its own weight. It was quite different from what I expected. There were interesting moments of flair and intensity though. The final movements tended to blur together in my mind. Perhaps that's just my mind, this being relatively challenging music (although I am in no way adverse to challenging music). But I still felt that perhaps those movements, and the piece in general, could have had some more overt motifs to help to anchor it. Honestly, I was expecting somethin
    1 point
  27. My first impressions of VC#2 is similar to a few comments above. I enjoyed the start (mostly) but then really enjoyed it as it moved forward and quietly ended. JW sure loves combining instruments together in duos and trios and that was very cool to hear throughout. I cannot wait to hear the whole thing again (hopefully my recording worked as I am watching on BSO but catching the stream on my laptop). I also think ASM will also find more and more in the piece and improve it further. Also: Was across the stars somewhat updated from the album? Future release: I suspect th
    1 point
  28. I thought third was really powerful. But, yes, repeated listens will help.
    1 point
  29. Oh man, his Across the Stars announcement. I love this man!
    1 point
  30. I don't have to, because it'll sound like I am anyway.
    1 point
  31. I'm here. Gorgeous night for a concert! And it's not even buggy
    1 point
  32. It will be live on video on BSONow. Though you have to be a subscriber. Tomorrow evening DG Premium will have it on demand for a couple of days.
    1 point
  33. Evil Dead is indeed a great score. I wish more horror scores to be more like this one.
    1 point
  34. Romeo & Juliet is amazing. And although Evil Dead is though listen because it's a horror. That score has so muc h inventive writing for orchestra and choir. It's terrific.
    1 point
  35. It's not very good compared to Tron Legacy.
    1 point
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  37. The Wind Rises is beautiful beyond words.
    1 point
  38. The Book Thief by William Johns
    1 point
  39. I was thinking they could mo-cap his head onto Tony Hawk and have him do some sick skating tricks
    1 point
  40. The originator of a thread can change their own thread titles. Just click Edit on the main post
    1 point
  41. Terry Pratchett famously wrote: "Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken?" This new batch, which arrived on the 17th anniversary of Goldsmith's death, shows that Goldsmith is still very much alive in our world:
    1 point
  42. Couldn't see any pictures of the CD so here they are: Karol
    1 point
  43. The best score of 2013 was The Desolation of Smaug.
    0 points
  44. Can’t be bothered this go around. None of the above made an impression.
    0 points
  45. Do you listen to it ensconced in velvet?
    0 points
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