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    Omen II got a reaction from Smeltington in Anne-Sophie Mutter plays John Williams   
    It was interesting to see the harp positioned immediately in front of the conductor for the violin concerto, given its prominent role in the work.  It reminded me of those old photos of Max Steiner or Alfred Newman in front of some Hollywood studio orchestra from back in the day.  I have yet to explore the second violin concerto beyond a couple of listens all the way through, but hearing it live certainly whetted my appetite for diving deeper into it.
     
    This was my first time seeing Anne-Sophie Mutter play live so it was also my first live experience of any of the pieces which Williams has arranged for her.  I would say that the pieces from The Long Goodbye and Cinderella Liberty worked best for me, possibly because Mutter's style of playing has quite a breathy, flautando quality to it which is not always to my taste but very much suits those two jazzy, vocal pieces.
     
    As Tom mentioned above, it seemed a pity that the concert could not have closed with more orchestral Williams, as great a score as Leonard Bernstein's On the Waterfront is.  I felt a little sorry for the horn player who flubbed a couple of notes in his first two solos, although I am not sure most people other than pedantic film music geeks like me would have noticed.  It is amazing to think that John Williams gave the London premiere of his symphony in the same venue more than fifty years ago, with Bernard Herrmann in the audience!
     
    I grabbed a few photos for the record.
     

     

     

     

     

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    Omen II got a reaction from Davis in Anne-Sophie Mutter plays John Williams   
    It was interesting to see the harp positioned immediately in front of the conductor for the violin concerto, given its prominent role in the work.  It reminded me of those old photos of Max Steiner or Alfred Newman in front of some Hollywood studio orchestra from back in the day.  I have yet to explore the second violin concerto beyond a couple of listens all the way through, but hearing it live certainly whetted my appetite for diving deeper into it.
     
    This was my first time seeing Anne-Sophie Mutter play live so it was also my first live experience of any of the pieces which Williams has arranged for her.  I would say that the pieces from The Long Goodbye and Cinderella Liberty worked best for me, possibly because Mutter's style of playing has quite a breathy, flautando quality to it which is not always to my taste but very much suits those two jazzy, vocal pieces.
     
    As Tom mentioned above, it seemed a pity that the concert could not have closed with more orchestral Williams, as great a score as Leonard Bernstein's On the Waterfront is.  I felt a little sorry for the horn player who flubbed a couple of notes in his first two solos, although I am not sure most people other than pedantic film music geeks like me would have noticed.  It is amazing to think that John Williams gave the London premiere of his symphony in the same venue more than fifty years ago, with Bernard Herrmann in the audience!
     
    I grabbed a few photos for the record.
     

     

     

     

     

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    Omen II got a reaction from BB-8 in Anne-Sophie Mutter plays John Williams   
    It was interesting to see the harp positioned immediately in front of the conductor for the violin concerto, given its prominent role in the work.  It reminded me of those old photos of Max Steiner or Alfred Newman in front of some Hollywood studio orchestra from back in the day.  I have yet to explore the second violin concerto beyond a couple of listens all the way through, but hearing it live certainly whetted my appetite for diving deeper into it.
     
    This was my first time seeing Anne-Sophie Mutter play live so it was also my first live experience of any of the pieces which Williams has arranged for her.  I would say that the pieces from The Long Goodbye and Cinderella Liberty worked best for me, possibly because Mutter's style of playing has quite a breathy, flautando quality to it which is not always to my taste but very much suits those two jazzy, vocal pieces.
     
    As Tom mentioned above, it seemed a pity that the concert could not have closed with more orchestral Williams, as great a score as Leonard Bernstein's On the Waterfront is.  I felt a little sorry for the horn player who flubbed a couple of notes in his first two solos, although I am not sure most people other than pedantic film music geeks like me would have noticed.  It is amazing to think that John Williams gave the London premiere of his symphony in the same venue more than fifty years ago, with Bernard Herrmann in the audience!
     
    I grabbed a few photos for the record.
     

     

     

     

     

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    Omen II got a reaction from Once in Anne-Sophie Mutter plays John Williams   
    It was interesting to see the harp positioned immediately in front of the conductor for the violin concerto, given its prominent role in the work.  It reminded me of those old photos of Max Steiner or Alfred Newman in front of some Hollywood studio orchestra from back in the day.  I have yet to explore the second violin concerto beyond a couple of listens all the way through, but hearing it live certainly whetted my appetite for diving deeper into it.
     
    This was my first time seeing Anne-Sophie Mutter play live so it was also my first live experience of any of the pieces which Williams has arranged for her.  I would say that the pieces from The Long Goodbye and Cinderella Liberty worked best for me, possibly because Mutter's style of playing has quite a breathy, flautando quality to it which is not always to my taste but very much suits those two jazzy, vocal pieces.
     
    As Tom mentioned above, it seemed a pity that the concert could not have closed with more orchestral Williams, as great a score as Leonard Bernstein's On the Waterfront is.  I felt a little sorry for the horn player who flubbed a couple of notes in his first two solos, although I am not sure most people other than pedantic film music geeks like me would have noticed.  It is amazing to think that John Williams gave the London premiere of his symphony in the same venue more than fifty years ago, with Bernard Herrmann in the audience!
     
    I grabbed a few photos for the record.
     

     

     

     

     

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    Omen II got a reaction from MaxTheHouseelf in Anne-Sophie Mutter plays John Williams   
    It was interesting to see the harp positioned immediately in front of the conductor for the violin concerto, given its prominent role in the work.  It reminded me of those old photos of Max Steiner or Alfred Newman in front of some Hollywood studio orchestra from back in the day.  I have yet to explore the second violin concerto beyond a couple of listens all the way through, but hearing it live certainly whetted my appetite for diving deeper into it.
     
    This was my first time seeing Anne-Sophie Mutter play live so it was also my first live experience of any of the pieces which Williams has arranged for her.  I would say that the pieces from The Long Goodbye and Cinderella Liberty worked best for me, possibly because Mutter's style of playing has quite a breathy, flautando quality to it which is not always to my taste but very much suits those two jazzy, vocal pieces.
     
    As Tom mentioned above, it seemed a pity that the concert could not have closed with more orchestral Williams, as great a score as Leonard Bernstein's On the Waterfront is.  I felt a little sorry for the horn player who flubbed a couple of notes in his first two solos, although I am not sure most people other than pedantic film music geeks like me would have noticed.  It is amazing to think that John Williams gave the London premiere of his symphony in the same venue more than fifty years ago, with Bernard Herrmann in the audience!
     
    I grabbed a few photos for the record.
     

     

     

     

     

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    Omen II got a reaction from Tom in Anne-Sophie Mutter plays John Williams   
    It was interesting to see the harp positioned immediately in front of the conductor for the violin concerto, given its prominent role in the work.  It reminded me of those old photos of Max Steiner or Alfred Newman in front of some Hollywood studio orchestra from back in the day.  I have yet to explore the second violin concerto beyond a couple of listens all the way through, but hearing it live certainly whetted my appetite for diving deeper into it.
     
    This was my first time seeing Anne-Sophie Mutter play live so it was also my first live experience of any of the pieces which Williams has arranged for her.  I would say that the pieces from The Long Goodbye and Cinderella Liberty worked best for me, possibly because Mutter's style of playing has quite a breathy, flautando quality to it which is not always to my taste but very much suits those two jazzy, vocal pieces.
     
    As Tom mentioned above, it seemed a pity that the concert could not have closed with more orchestral Williams, as great a score as Leonard Bernstein's On the Waterfront is.  I felt a little sorry for the horn player who flubbed a couple of notes in his first two solos, although I am not sure most people other than pedantic film music geeks like me would have noticed.  It is amazing to think that John Williams gave the London premiere of his symphony in the same venue more than fifty years ago, with Bernard Herrmann in the audience!
     
    I grabbed a few photos for the record.
     

     

     

     

     

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    Omen II got a reaction from KittBash in Anne-Sophie Mutter plays John Williams   
    It was interesting to see the harp positioned immediately in front of the conductor for the violin concerto, given its prominent role in the work.  It reminded me of those old photos of Max Steiner or Alfred Newman in front of some Hollywood studio orchestra from back in the day.  I have yet to explore the second violin concerto beyond a couple of listens all the way through, but hearing it live certainly whetted my appetite for diving deeper into it.
     
    This was my first time seeing Anne-Sophie Mutter play live so it was also my first live experience of any of the pieces which Williams has arranged for her.  I would say that the pieces from The Long Goodbye and Cinderella Liberty worked best for me, possibly because Mutter's style of playing has quite a breathy, flautando quality to it which is not always to my taste but very much suits those two jazzy, vocal pieces.
     
    As Tom mentioned above, it seemed a pity that the concert could not have closed with more orchestral Williams, as great a score as Leonard Bernstein's On the Waterfront is.  I felt a little sorry for the horn player who flubbed a couple of notes in his first two solos, although I am not sure most people other than pedantic film music geeks like me would have noticed.  It is amazing to think that John Williams gave the London premiere of his symphony in the same venue more than fifty years ago, with Bernard Herrmann in the audience!
     
    I grabbed a few photos for the record.
     

     

     

     

     

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    Omen II got a reaction from pete in Anne-Sophie Mutter plays John Williams   
    It was interesting to see the harp positioned immediately in front of the conductor for the violin concerto, given its prominent role in the work.  It reminded me of those old photos of Max Steiner or Alfred Newman in front of some Hollywood studio orchestra from back in the day.  I have yet to explore the second violin concerto beyond a couple of listens all the way through, but hearing it live certainly whetted my appetite for diving deeper into it.
     
    This was my first time seeing Anne-Sophie Mutter play live so it was also my first live experience of any of the pieces which Williams has arranged for her.  I would say that the pieces from The Long Goodbye and Cinderella Liberty worked best for me, possibly because Mutter's style of playing has quite a breathy, flautando quality to it which is not always to my taste but very much suits those two jazzy, vocal pieces.
     
    As Tom mentioned above, it seemed a pity that the concert could not have closed with more orchestral Williams, as great a score as Leonard Bernstein's On the Waterfront is.  I felt a little sorry for the horn player who flubbed a couple of notes in his first two solos, although I am not sure most people other than pedantic film music geeks like me would have noticed.  It is amazing to think that John Williams gave the London premiere of his symphony in the same venue more than fifty years ago, with Bernard Herrmann in the audience!
     
    I grabbed a few photos for the record.
     

     

     

     

     

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    Omen II reacted to Tom Guernsey in Anne-Sophie Mutter plays John Williams   
    Most enjoyable if slightly curious programming choices (more below!). Playing by the orchestra and ASM were excellent and quite a few additional pieces from ASM, notably Across the Stars, The Long Goodbye, Helena’s Theme and Schindler’s List. ASM made a few remarks around the encores (one after the first half and the other three after the programmed pieces in the second) notably that she felt JW’s 2nd Violin Concerto was the most important of the last 100 years. Quite a claim! I must admit that I still find it hard going and I can’t imagine the average JW fan would be that interested if it were written by someone else. Still she’s clearly a passionate advocate of the work and seems to relish playing it as well as the score excerpt arrangements. She teased the arrangement of Scherzo for Motorcycle and Orchestra but didn’t play it alas!
     
    Curiously, ASM played the three programmed items then three encores at the start of the second half and then the orchestra played the suite from (L) Bernstein’s On the Waterfront which felt like an odd appendage to the rest of the programme. Quite a few people left before it and many left during the final applause which I doubt would have been the case had ASM played at the end of the second half. Otherwise a fine and well attended concert. Sadly any hopes that JW would put in a surprise appearance did not materialise!
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    Omen II got a reaction from BB-8 in Anne-Sophie Mutter plays John Williams   
    Here is a copy of the free programme for tomorrow's concert with the LPO, if you are interested:
     
    LPO Programme
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    Omen II got a reaction from Timo Martikainen in Anne-Sophie Mutter plays John Williams   
    Anne-Sophie Mutter will give the UK premiere of John Williams's Violin Concerto No. 2 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall in January 2024.  Tickets go on general sale on Tuesday 2nd May 2023.
     
    Mutter plays John Williams
     
    As well as a suite from Superman, the concert will also feature a suite from Leonard Bernstein's On the Waterfront.  There is no sign that John Williams himself will be in attendance (Jonathon Heyward will conduct) but I guess you never know.  It would be great to hear another of Williams's concertos live, as I have only ever seen the Tuba Concerto performed by Patrick Harrild with the LSO many years ago.
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    Omen II got a reaction from mahler3 in Anne-Sophie Mutter plays John Williams   
    Here is a copy of the free programme for tomorrow's concert with the LPO, if you are interested:
     
    LPO Programme
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    Omen II got a reaction from Loert in Celebrity Praise for John Williams   
    I have been reading The British Bloke Decoded by stand-up comedian Geoff Norcott.  It is very funny, although you might need to be British and, er, a bloke to fully appreciate the references and humour.  He deals with such important subjects as our favourite motorway service stations, football and, of course, why British blokes want medals for performing basic tasks.
     
    Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised to read two positive references to John Williams in successive chapters.  In a chapter entitled 'Hero Daydreams' (come on, we all have them) he writes:
     
     
    His Williams fandom is then confirmed just a few pages later in the next chapter about the ending of Return of the Jedi when Darth Vader "decides he's had enough and lobs the emperor into a giant recycling bin."
     
     
    Here he is, for the uninitiated:
     
     
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    Omen II reacted to Naïve Old Fart in The "(Fill in the Blank) Has Died" Thread   
    R.I.P., David Soul.
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    Omen II got a reaction from Edmilson in John Williams Writes New Theme for ESPN College Football Championship - OF GRIT AND GLORY   
    I'd settle for a Fanfare for Carlton Palmer if it came from the pen of John Williams!  As well as in Stepmom, there are also some football scenes in Story of a Woman, but I cannot remember if any of them are scored by Williams (pun intended).  The main character played by James Farentino is a footballer and is shown scoring a goal intercut with what appears to be some genuine footage of a match between AS Roma and Juventus, I think.
     
    Perhaps our Johnny is looking at combining a concert trip to Berlin with the Euro 2024 final so that he can have it large.
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    Omen II reacted to MrJosh in The Legacy of John Williams (Website & Podcast)   
    While MM's E.T. expansion was great, we can only dream of how great the DD E.T. edition would have been:


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    Omen II reacted to Ollie in Star Wars Trilogy: The Original Soundtrack Anthology turns 30!   
    I first saw an advertisement for this in the USA TODAY entertainment section, which was one of my favorite newspapers to read. Unfortunately it was very vague and I just figured it would be the 3 original soundtracks packaged together.
     
    However I did mark the date down and went to a mall the day it was released, I believe it was Camelot Music. And they had it upfront with the newest releases. My heart stopped when I read the packaging. Needless to say I grabbed a copy.
     
     
    I still have mine, and I had John Williams sign the booklet for me.
     
     


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    Omen II reacted to Jurassic Shark in The Classical Music Recommendation Thread   
    All I want for Christmas is this. 
     

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    Omen II reacted to Thor in John Williams Caption Competition!   
    Yes, and yes.
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    Omen II reacted to Chen G. in Anyone served in the army?   
    I served in the army! I was a Captain!
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    Omen II reacted to Biodome in HOME ALONE - Live to Projection Concerts   
    John Williams is being performed live in London once again: https://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/events/2023/home-alone-in-concert/
     
    I'm just waiting for today's concert to begin!

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    Omen II got a reaction from Davis in New Ghent Festival CD - Laurence Rosenthal   
    I got this CD recently and just wanted to say how much I am enjoying it.  I have been aware of Laurence Rosenthal for as I have been interested in film music, but I remained largely unfamiliar with most of his output, with the exception of a couple of things I had on compilations such as Meteor and The Return of a Man Called Horse.
     
    This CD therefore is a most welcome summary of some of Rosenthal's most notable works for film and television.  If you love top quality orchestral film music, I cannot recommend this recording highly enough.
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    Omen II got a reaction from Film Fest Ghent in New Ghent Festival CD - Laurence Rosenthal   
    I got this CD recently and just wanted to say how much I am enjoying it.  I have been aware of Laurence Rosenthal for as I have been interested in film music, but I remained largely unfamiliar with most of his output, with the exception of a couple of things I had on compilations such as Meteor and The Return of a Man Called Horse.
     
    This CD therefore is a most welcome summary of some of Rosenthal's most notable works for film and television.  If you love top quality orchestral film music, I cannot recommend this recording highly enough.
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    Omen II got a reaction from fommes in New Ghent Festival CD - Laurence Rosenthal   
    I got this CD recently and just wanted to say how much I am enjoying it.  I have been aware of Laurence Rosenthal for as I have been interested in film music, but I remained largely unfamiliar with most of his output, with the exception of a couple of things I had on compilations such as Meteor and The Return of a Man Called Horse.
     
    This CD therefore is a most welcome summary of some of Rosenthal's most notable works for film and television.  If you love top quality orchestral film music, I cannot recommend this recording highly enough.
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    Omen II got a reaction from Once in New Ghent Festival CD - Laurence Rosenthal   
    I got this CD recently and just wanted to say how much I am enjoying it.  I have been aware of Laurence Rosenthal for as I have been interested in film music, but I remained largely unfamiliar with most of his output, with the exception of a couple of things I had on compilations such as Meteor and The Return of a Man Called Horse.
     
    This CD therefore is a most welcome summary of some of Rosenthal's most notable works for film and television.  If you love top quality orchestral film music, I cannot recommend this recording highly enough.
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