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  1. Norman Lebrecht is the only person ever to have crossed the treacherous land border between Australia and Hungary and lived to tell the tale.
  2. Eric Whitacre's The Sacred Veil was released last week and most of the selections can be sampled on YouTube. See my post earlier in the thread for more details about the piece. This is the first of the twelve movements, entitled The Veil Opens. He also wrote a piece called Sing Gently for a virtual choir to sing during lockdown. More than 17,000 people from 129 different countries contributed and it's really quite moving.
  3. A positive review from James Longstaffe at Presto Classical (the CD is their recording of the week): https://www.prestomusic.com/classical/articles/3432--recording-of-the-week-john-williams-conducts-the-vienna-philharmonic
  4. Today marks the 75th anniversary of VJ Day. As well as John Williams' Hymn to the Fallen, another of the pieces performed at today's memorial service at the National Memorial Arboretum was Only In Sleep by the contemporary Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds. This performance by Rachel Ambrose Evans with the choir of Trinity College Cambridge is stunningly beautiful.
  5. The chase music written by Billy Goldenberg for Busting is just great. I was lucky enough to see him play the piano at the Savoy Theatre in London a few years ago, accompanying Bea Arthur of Golden Girls fame; pretty random maybe, but a nice memory of a fine composer.
  6. This. These new fangled 'shaving mirrors' take up only a quarter of the space of those traditional 45s and 78s that form the bulk of all of our feem toon collections (along with cassettes, of course). Mark my words: they are here to stay.
  7. I took advantage of a 25% off sale by Chandos of its film music titles (valid until the end of July) to buy three ?ç'D!"'s2 I had been meaning to get for a while. I am reasonably familiar with the music of Malcolm Arnold and William Alwyn, but know very little of Mischa Spoliansky. I love Chandos's film music series. There are some great discoveries in there from mostly (although by no means all) British composers and films from back in the day. http://www.chandos.net
  8. To this day I still recreate this wonderful scene from Fiend Without a Face from time to time when I meet my brother. He always replies, "Gibbons!" instinctively.
  9. It is very fitting that the clip was posted to Twitter by a Padre Ramirez. Tuco's brother, perhaps?
  10. I was very saddened to hear of Ennio Morricone's passing this morning. He was truly one of the great composers of the last sixty years or so (and not just film composers) with a seemingly bottomless well of inspiration and genius from which to draw. I had the good fortune to see him conduct his music in concert six or seven times in London, including his first UK concert at the Barbican in 2001. I have particularly fond memories of his concert at the Hammersmith Apollo in 2006, as it was one that I took my Mum to see. She died on this day two years ago. Of all the wonderful pieces of music he wrote, the one that keeps going around my head today is the theme from La Ragion Pura - a typically gorgeous Morricone melody with ghostly trumpets (Morricone's instrument) interjecting in another key, as if commenting from another world. RIP Maestro. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
  11. Cheers Maurizio, that was a very interesting interview! I have been to a number of live to projection concerts conducted by Ben as well as several of those with the Orchestra of St. Paul's / Covent Garden Sinfonia and you can tell instantly that he has a real affinity with the music of John Williams and film music in general.
  12. I am fairly certain that Summon the Heroes received its world premiere live performance at the LSO concert on 26th June 1996. I was at one of the concerts too so it was the first time I had seen John Williams in the flesh. In those pre-internet (for me) days I remember just going up to the Barbican and buying the tickets at the box office a few weeks beforehand when I read about the concerts in a magazine. As for the release date of the CD, the answer is in the programme if you still have it. There is a full page advert from Sony Classical stating that the CD would be released in the UK on 15th July that year but was available to buy at the Barbican in advance at the three concerts. I remember because that is when and where I bought my copy! You are probably not wrong as that is a fairly commonplace practice at such open-air events. The LSO mimed their performances at the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, for example; the string players were given cheap / fake instruments to use in case it rained.
  13. E.T.2: It Lives Again went straight to video back in the day. In fairness, Williams’s score for the sequel was largely forgettable (the inspired scoring for the lengthy orgy sequence notwithstanding).
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