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Omen II

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. I took advantage of a 25% off sale by Chandos of its film music titles (valid until the end of July) to buy three ?รง'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
  4. 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.
  5. It is very fitting that the clip was posted to Twitter by a Padre Ramirez. Tuco's brother, perhaps?
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. E.T.2: It Lives Again went straight to video back in the day. In fairness, Williamsโ€™s score for the sequel was largely forgettable (the inspired scoring for the lengthy orgy sequence notwithstanding).
  10. I picked up a copy of the free Metro newspaper on my way to work on Friday (not many others doing likewise - can't think why) and it looks like she is now angling for a 30 minute slot with old Johnny! Sixty Seconds with Edith Bowman
  11. It sounds like a cover version of Limahl's song for The Never Ending Story.
  12. I saw the Royal Scottish National Orchestra play music from Always at a concert of John Williams's music at Usher Hall in Edinburgh in 2017. Williams had loaned the score to conductor and friend Richard Kaufman from his personal library. It was honestly one of the highlights of an excellent concert and should be programmed more often. The concert also featured some other Williams rarities such as Jim's New Life from Empire of the Sun and Flight and Technology from The Unfinished Journey. The concert was discussed here.
  13. It's the Dies Irae from Verdi's Requiem.
  14. One of the things that make this score so enjoyable for me is the wonderful guitar playing from the legendary session musician Tommy Tedesco (1930-1997), who played on several John Williams scores including Jaws, The Eiger Sanction, Earthquake and others. I do not know if this very funny 1996 seminar with Tommy has ever been posted here, but I thoroughly recommend it. He suffered a stroke in the early 90s but even from the little snippets he plays you can recognise that unmistakable playing style. He relates anecdotes about several film composers including Lalo Schifrin, Jerry Goldsmith, Dimitri Tiomkin and Leith Stevens. He also discusses his contribution to The River and cites an unnamed John Williams piece as the hardest thing he had ever been given to play! The whole thing is great but if you are only interested in John Williams, skip to about 43 minutes in.
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  16. Star Trek: The Motion Picture?
  17. Eric Whitacre will be talking to John Powell live on Ericโ€™s YouTube channel at 11 a.m. today (PDT). It should be fun!
  18. This article on the LSO website includes an interview with William Ross and a copy of a thank you note from John Williams. Galaxy's Edge
  19. The Taking of Pelham 123?
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