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  1. Free stream available: https://www.bso.org/brands/tanglewood/features/2020-tanglewood-season/the-best-of-tanglewood-on-parade.aspx Around the 1 hour mark, JW conducts "Hymn to the Fallen" and 3 pieces from Hook (at a concert in, I believe, the late 1990s). I believe the Hook part has been available on YouTube for a while but I'd never seen the "Hymn to the Fallen" footage, which was very nice.
  2. Takemitsu Viola Concerto. My favorite bit currently, with the low strings entering under the soaring viola: This whole piece shimmers and sparkles. Wonderful stuff, and the parallels w/ JW's Tree Song (and other work) are very clear.
  3. Hmm but the Pops site says "Nashville fiddler Mark O’Connor is also featured" on tonight's broadcast. But I don't see O'Connor on the program you link to. I guess that means the TV program will splice together parts of multiple concerts? In which case presumably the chance of getting JW's Olympic Fanfare or JFK from the concert program you link to are very low.
  4. @Jay It's not clear whether this concert actually has any Williams music, but apparently it's at least conducted by him.
  5. This is a lovely interview. It's super cool that he's now aware of Prof. Lehman's work. It's also awesome that he might be aware of JWFan!! I say "might be," though, because I don't think we can definitively conclude as much from this article. The key passage: "Now scholars like Lehman specialize in the field, and online fan sites chronicle minutiae. Williams is delighted by that attention, yet he wishes that concert composers also got their due." Notice that none of this is a direct quote -- it is all Ross' words. It's virtually certain that the "online fan site[]" referred to must be JWFan. That essentially proves that Alex Ross knows about JWFan. But does Williams himself? Hard to say. It may well be that Ross asked him something general like, "How do you feel about all the attention your music gets?" and then Williams said, "I'm delighted, although I wish non-film composers today also were able to draw as much attention." Either way, this is a fantastic article. It inspired me to check out Andrew Norman's Sustain, which I had started listening to once but gave up on because it was too impressionistic/non-melodic. It's still a little hard to listen to for me but I will do some more listens to see if I can get into the piece.
  6. This is truly marvelous. His conducting style is so energetic. Btw, @crumbs, what was the YouTube video you linked to earlier in this thread? It seems to have been deleted but I'm just wondering.
  7. Just saw about this album (probably already been discussed lol but I just saw it). https://www.warnerclassics.com/fr/release/airlines Supposedly coming in August. Includes recording of Palleas et Melisande!!
  8. True, forgot about the fact that she adores JW. Yeah, you're right, we will probably get a release.
  9. Great thread idea @karelm -- you're absolutely right that this is so difficult to put into words, but it's really something I've noticed and loved about JW's music for the least few years. These sorts of mystical, ethereal moments never fail to move me emotionally, even more so than his grand orchestral moments. Somehow this type of music seems to me to underscore the fragility, indeed the ephemeral nature, of time, and of moments in our lives (or those of the characters on screen). Although I think Williams is best at this, Horner is also brilliant at it (actually, perhaps even equal to JW), as @SteveMc notes above. This gorgeous cue from The New World is a great example (I wish we could hear it without the bird-chirping, although I suppose that adds to the effect):
  10. Finally got time to listen to this on Thursday! Wonderful to hear JW and Dudamel. Lovely introduction to the Beethoven & Mozart pieces also, which I'd actually never heard before. The Jupiter symphony has now become one of my favorite classical pieces! I'm glad to hear JW echo the interviewer's characterization of his film scoring as being "on pause." Although that doesn't necessarily mean he has any projects lined up right now, it would seem to indicate that, at the very least, JW hasn't yet made a decision to retire from film scoring, and is still open to future projects (perhaps Spielberg films after West Side Story). Looking forward to the violin concerto and Vienna fanfare, the latter of which is a nice surprise and a tremendous honor for JW! (although I do fear that we will be stuck with cellphone videos, at best, for one or both of those)
  11. I think Disney's work with Star Wars has overall been very good, although I would have liked Lucas to have a little more involvement. I think Kathleen Kennedy has generally done a solid job honoring his vision, though, including by bringing back original people like JW. To be sure, there are definitely some choices I would have made differently, and I thought the films deteriorated in quality after the high point of TFA.
  12. They're both utter masterpieces, but I have to go with Potter. That score really moves me emotionally -- albeit perhaps in large part because the film is near and dear to my heart. Just such wonderful marriage of music and picture (at least to those who like the movie):
  13. OK so apparently this is postponed indefinitely...
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