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  1. FYI, Mutter wrote on her Facebook/Instagram that she will soon record the Violin Concerto No.2 in Boston with JW, along with "more film themes". https://www.facebook.com/annesophiemutter/posts/407386110752051
    12 points
  2. Having listened to this again, it seems I'm finally "getting" it. After being bowled over in the film, I was ever so slightly left cold by the score when I first listened to the OST. Having the promo material and extracted bits helped a lot, but today, something finally clicked. A masterpiece. And how very lucky all involved were/are in retrospect, with this - and the Vienna Concert - coming in right before Corona hit. Rather amazing, really.
    10 points
  3. I never really understood this autograph thing anyway. Standing in a crowd of people stalking a celebrety to ask for a signature, and then what? I thought anyway this autograph thing has been more or less replaced by this even more intrusive selfie shooting. If a photograph or a signature is a dedication is the result of a pleasant encounter for both sides it is something different. But I guess, that this is quite rare at such concerts. So, in that regard I am probably a lousy fan.
    7 points
  4. !!!!!! https://deadline.com/2021/09/the-lord-of-the-rings-composer-howard-shore-score-amazon-tv-series-middle-earth-jrr-tolkien-1234839274/
    7 points
  5. I'm not intending to do either of those, just merely respond to them in a more justified way. Mistakes happen, and creative decisions disagreed with, and most other people here are happy with the 'that's really unfortunate... wonder if it can be fixed?'. You just go straight to swearing and caling something worthless. I just don't think that approach helps the situation, sorry. (as for why I may seem 'apologist' about it... I'm just thankful that some of these releases happen, and things can be patched/tweaked, but then I like tweaking things anyway. I agree it's not an excuse for propery shoddy work though.)
    7 points
  6. I just think it's a waste of his time and talent, and it's dumbfounding that he waited his whole life to direct a musical only to adapt an existing work (especially when he has a 50 year partnership with one of the greatest film composers of all time!) Just seems a huge missed opportunity to me. Shrug
    6 points
  7. My wife hates John Williams, but her boyfriend is actually a big fan.
    6 points
  8. https://filmmusicreporter.com/2021/09/22/ludwig-goransson-scoring-disneys-the-book-of-boba-fett/ Film Music Reporter publicly confirms the long-held assumption that Ludwig Göransson will indeed be scoring The Book of Boba Fett. Recording began in August, and apparently there aren't any restrictions similar to Mando S2, where the brass were only able to record for the finale cues. So that's good news! There's not a lot we know about the show, as Lucasfilm has done well to keep a tight lid on these Disney+ projects, but I think it's safe to assume that there will be a lot of new ground covered thematically. Here's a reminder of Boba's lumbering motif, which will hopefully develop or become a part of something stronger if it's going to (presumably) carry the show: Otherwise I expect there to be a lot of new music, as I don't imagine there will be too much cause for many of the Mando themes to appear. Can't wait to hear the end credits piece for this one! We can only hope the fact that this is technically a new series will mean they might bless us with weekly OSTs again, but I wouldn't set any expectations. Obviously, the analysis will continue to be updated and added to once the show premieres. Really looking forward!
    5 points
  9. I'm preaching to the choir here, but... I still don't understand the connection betweeen Newt and Grindelwald, let alone these stupid beasts. My condolences to JNH.
    5 points
  10. I am way more excited for Taika's take on Wonka. Wonka is supposed to be charming, and charming to children too --something that too many adaptations forget. Taika played a lovable Hitler and if that isn't an audition for Wonka, I don't know what else is.
    5 points
  11. I'd love to watch this movie, because it could explain how McGonagall was giving classes in Hogwarts even before she was born.
    5 points
  12. Fantastic Beasts: The Mysteries of McGonagall And other various titles that demonstrate this series has zero clue what the hell it wants to be. Newt who?
    5 points
  13. Everyone can chime in here. What is your favorite previously unreleased cue from the score? I am VERY partial to Escape, those tense strings building up to that crescendo of the Kyrie motif; that is my favorite previously unreleased cue. Love The Pillory and Humiliation. Glad to have the complete Paris Burning sequence. I am loving the cue that begins right after Sanctuary ends (the moment Frollo enters the Cathedral and confronts the Archdeacon), and am glad to have the cue when Quasi knocks Frollo back before he can literally stab him in the back. Having all of this in remastered sound is such a pleasure; I always wanted to hear the entire score outside of the film.
    5 points
  14. A few years ago I built my own slipcases for both trilogies, and until some REALLY ultimate edition comes out, these will continue to do nicely on the shelf. I'll just have to swap-out the movie discs for the UHD-ones (I got the barebones sets). A little bit of a "making of", if you're interested how these were built: https://imgur.com/a/brfa4
    5 points
  15. If you didn`t know it yet. John Williams was also session pianist along with Bill Miller on three tracks of the amazing Sinatra album "Frank Sinatra Sings For Only The Lonely"! https://sinatraology.com/person/view/870
    5 points
  16. Here we go again, judging an entire score by just a few seconds of the end of a cue...
    5 points
  17. The final track on disc 1 that everyone is talking about does not end abruptly, so I'd very much doubt the omission of the segment in question was some manufacturing glitch, or a problem with the masters that was passed on to those streaming services. I am expecting the physical set to be the same. Personally I don't think this was a decision they made intentionally. Not for a set like this. The missing segment was likely meant to be appended to the first track on disc 2 to keep the first disc's running time below the 77 minute mark - and hence reduce the risk of manufacturing glitches. Perhaps this decision was not documented or communicated well, so the score segment was forgotten about, and its space on disc 2 was then given to yet another demo track. And with all due respect to Mr. Botnik (and I can fully understand that locating, extracting, mixing, mastering and producing this 25-years-old contnet cannot have been easy) this set does not contain "everything". There were number of demos for unused songs among the DVD special features (can be found on YouTube) that didn't make the cut here. Some of those were far more interesting than those iterations of the same demo they ended up including.
    5 points
  18. My wife likes John Williams just fine, but my girlfriend doesn’t care much for film music.
    5 points
  19. Alternate cover I made for this new Hunchback release. Decided to alter the usual template for these to best utilize this stunning artwork.The concept art for this entire production is so gorgeous btw. Too bad about the odd glaring flaw with missing music bits. But I’ve really dug hearing Menken’s whole score. And the demos are fascinating to hear. While sometimes they seemed to hit the nail on the head with the songs other times they really had to sand off the edges. (Its so jarring and funny to hear that alternate, more jazzy chorus in “Hellfire”)
    5 points
  20. And in a phenomenally strange turn of events, Russell T Davies is returning as showrunner! I couldn't be more excited, especially if it means he brings Murray Gold back with him (and thus inspires Mr Gold to release the soundtrack to Series 10).
    4 points
  21. I would bet a week's pay that the encores will be "Flying" from E.T, along with The Imperial March. A possible third encore could be anything, but those two I would take to the bank.
    4 points
  22. Makes sense. I'm still really curious to see who will score the Obi Wan show. Also, I just saw this lol
    4 points
  23. Alternate cover I made based on the fantastic penguin book edition. I plan on using this for my personal edit of the score once all the recordings are available.
    4 points
  24. I genuinely think everyone who works with him now is too reverential to the man. Challenge him! Tell him what to do! Bring out some of that "iron fist in a velvet glove" fire from his golden era! He'll nail it!
    4 points
  25. That's probably a revision of his earlier arrangement for Harrel and Brewer that Williams conducted in 2012 for the Heartbeeps project. As for mask use... most old people around here do exactly the same, must be an age thing It's already available on demand.
    4 points
  26. Got to say, glitches aside, this set is truly impressive. Every note of this work still sends a chill down my spines - even those demos. No wonder that decade was called the Disney Renaissance. I only wish Menken could be brought back to the mainstream for more stuff like this, and not just reworking his older works for those vastly inferior live-action adaptions.
    4 points
  27. BUT got us an isolated score
    4 points
  28. I get that there are definitely issues with the set, but I don't think that swearing all the time and describing it as 'trash' is the most productive response.
    4 points
  29. https://landing.studiocdn.com/studiocdn-web/201210/parcels/48d37579-8a1d-47e2-a36d-0b4731b3d799 Final Ascent is my favourite, will prolly end up on a loop in the coming days.
    4 points
  30. Interview from 2012 with the late Arthur B. Rubinstein (a very fine film composer) mostly about JW:
    4 points
  31. Uhhh... no. I didn't even mention all the unseparable crossfades. In fact, a lot of the problems are the existence of gaps between cues making for a jarring sudden pop-in of a noise level before the next one starts. What? Which one out of the 10 or so? The left channel dropping out which is fine on the OST? Well then use the source that isn't fucking dropping out! Is it all the pop-ins? Just give them a fade-in and/or leave less silence. Have you listened to all those pop-ins and shit? This set is unfinished. Oh come the fuck on The missing portion is at 1:38-end of the OST track, it should start right when the LC track ends.
    4 points
  32. I'll never understand how fans can pick up on these things so quickly, yet the people spending months working on them, don't (or don't care?). Everything you just listed should have been addressed before signing off on this release and making it available.
    4 points
  33. Currently listening to this. Spellbinding, as always. It's, huh, very much a JW score of its era, but it features so many fresh takes on his established sound and procedures. And Monica's Theme is among the most beautiful things he ever penned.
    4 points
  34. I checked Twitter and thankfully there are multiple people calling out this error. Still, idk if anything will be done. But at least it's not going totally unnoticed. I don't care if they throw out half the demos, I just want this fixed lol.
    4 points
  35. Time Tunnel vol.3 with two John Williams' bumpers
    4 points
  36. Went to the Philharmonie yesterday, for the first time. The venue is amazing - you can clearly hear everything from the tiniest touch of the violin string and conductor's breathing to the ground-shaking orchestral explosions. They played Hartmann's Concerto funebre and Stravinsky's Firebird. I've never imagined that those pieces could be performed so perfectly. I've heard the latter performed three times by three different orchestras before, and I thought I had heard everything there is to hear about it, but its performance at Berlin totally blew me away. It was like hearing the piece for the first time, like I've never experienced it before. I can't wait for Johnny to take the stage. I think we're all in for a very beautiful concert. 20210917_204517_1.mp4
    4 points
  37. It had nothing to do with people believing you or not, it's what the rule is about posting major news like this. The explanation you later gave about it coming from an email from the venue is perfect, it's just what should have been in your original post all along, that's all. An actual screenshot of the email with personal information blanked out like @Pauling shared is even better, and very much appreciated as well! I hope you understand why we have rules requiring sources of big news. Thank!
    3 points
  38. Glad to see the turtleneck back after the suit he wore at Tanglewood
    3 points
  39. Your prerogative, of course! And I'm the last person who would dispute Williams's Anglophilia. (Though I hear little of RVW in JW's Tuba Concerto specifically, oddly enough.) That said, I find it hard to hear this or other Williamsesque passages from the Symphony, or a few select passages from Metaboles, as being a case of convergent musical evolution via Ravel or Debussy -- which Dutilleux really doesn't sound like to my ears -- much more Messaein and Roussel, with maybe a little Koechlin and a little jazz in there too. Nor can I listen to L'arbe des songes and imagine it wasn't at least in the back of JW's mind when composing Treesong. None of this is meant as a slight to Williams, it's just a cool influence in addition to the other, more well-documented ones.
    3 points
  40. Not sure I've seen this mentioned before, but there's a moment in Williams's Tuba Concerto (1985) that's manifestly based on a passage in Henri Dutilleux's First Symphony (1951). I'll let the excerpts, and sheet music, speak for themselves. (The symphony is staggeringly wonderful, in case you've never heard it.) It's not just the Tuba Concerto, though I think that hosts the passage most directly modeled the Dutilleux's. In general, I think Dutilleux remains an underrated but important influence on Williams's soundworld, particularly in terms of harmony and orchestration.
    3 points
  41. They wouldn't, or certainly not on the scale and in the numbers as on this set if the people given the honor to do justice to these pieces of art would put some fucking pride into their work and have any sort of basic fucking standards. Even our beloved specialty labels, how many replacements are in progress right now? Is it really that hard to just give it a listen before asking 30-50 dollars for it? And then comes "are you sure those are mistakes", "oh you're just complaining" and "don't call out those faults, I want more sets with faults" and I just can't help but try and express honestly enough how goddamn frustrated I am with this pile of situations. And I'm still holding back. Certainly tried to keep the actual fault breakdown and fix guide cool enough.
    3 points
  42. Newman’s is considerable better, more memorable and varied than the Desplat. Having said that I did enjoy Desplat’s effort plenty. But Newman’s is one of his very best and that’s hard to beat.
    3 points
  43. Hello everyone, we have some reprises today (lots of Chamber of Secrets again) in Cue No. 24: The Christmas Party and Cue No. 25: Snape and Malfoy! Hope you enjoy!
    3 points
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