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Everything posted by Remco

  1. It’s incredible. For me, TFA somehow started my intense JW-fandom. It was like a wake-up call, realizing he was still very much alive and kicking and I’d better follow everything he did while I still could. It’s funny how I was anxiously waiting for news about TLJ, whether he could do it or not – let alone finish the trilogy. And here we are in 2020, feeling like he could potentially do another trilogy of films still. What a gift this man is.
  2. The Williams Wheel just keeps on going.
  3. Well, the OST of Rise of Skywalker already features a great deal of music that is not in the film. Since it wasn’t an issue there, I hope it won’t be in the future. I also think it depends on how they look at an expanded release: hopefully as something of great cultural value written by a legendary composer, instead as just merchandise.
  4. The piece is absolutely brilliant. And I get mad when I read on YouTube that people find it just ‘boring’ music until the choral outburst. Also, got to love how we got to hear Zimmer’s Batman theme at 0:30!
  5. Any news of a TROS signature edition? I’d be surprised if it wouldn’t be released after TFA and TLJ got their concert suites published.
  6. Exactly @TownerFan. But still, not everyone is well informed and you’ll still hear somebody say every now and then, ‘Williams relies on orchestrators’, or even ‘Williams doesn’t write his own music’. I guess it happens when you’re as good as he is. It’s also interesting to note that the assignment of woodwinds in tuttis is the single thing that orchestrators usually mention as being up to their discretion.
  7. So true. For instance, I remember a thread discussing everybody’s favorite orchestrator for JW which was just so wrong on many levels.
  8. Wow, this thread makes me realize how much Williams scores outside of the Spielberg/Lucas world I don’t even know...
  9. No of course not, I said when they’re not on a clicktrack. I.e. Scherzo for X-Wings concert version. Also I find there’s usually no problem either with slow pieces, or pieces that need a healthy dose of rubato in the first place such as Leia’s theme, where there’s always a sort of speeding up or slowing down towards a new section. It’s mostly in fast-paced pieces that need to have a stable energy throughout. The best way to describe it I think, maybe, is that when he conducts this music the changes in musical tension go along with changes in tempo.
  10. This is silly. The LSO is/was fine, but the orchestra itself became much better with sightreading around the time of the prequels and also the Hollywood performances are much more polished than the OT ever was.
  11. Thanks @Jay. It’s really annoying that, even while I loved the concerts and recordings, I can’t express one issue I have with Williams’ recent conducting on this forum. You all act like I’m crazy, but the fact is that his stability and sense of tempo stability has become somewhat disturbed. This has nothing to do with how symphonic music should or shouldn’t sound in a live setting, it’s simply a weakness and one that at times comes across as slightly unprofessional. And it doesn’t matter whether it’s the VPO, the HSS when they’re not on clicktrack, or any other American orchestra. You can hear the same problem everywhere. Now whether you’re bothered by it is a totally different issue and I’m happy most people don’t seem to mind. But I am not an idiot for noticing it.
  12. This is very true and as I’ve said before this has something to do with Williams’ detoriating conducting skills. The main attraction these performances have is a phenomenal sound, but it’s again a bit painful to hear how Williams can’t seem to keep the tempo stable at the end of ‘Neverland’.
  13. I’ve watched the entire thing and regretted it. This video shouldn’t exist in the first place, but the way it’s singling out TROS as the one true *disastrous* score in the series just goes too far in every way.
  14. Wait, what? Asking JW to score your film does not necessarily mean wall to wall scoring. RJ’s favorite Williams score is The Long Goodbye! I’m sure both men know enough of cinema and its history to make another exciting collaborarion together. I hope it happens.
  15. Yes, the LA orchestra kicks ass. I don’t know why they selected that particular bad take – but let’s not pretend the LSO gave a world-class performance on the OT. It’s full of tiny errors everywhere.
  16. It’s funny how the HP series is one of the LSO’s flagship series when it comes to their involvement in film music, yet John Williams conducted the orchestra 0 times for it!
  17. HPSS and POA may have many of the same players, but it’s certainly not the LSO. I guess just like the LA studio orchestra has players from the LA Phil in them. As for the London Sinfonietta – It’s important to note that these are the baroque players that were contracted for that portion of the score, this is not the symphony orchestra that was used.
  18. Fabulous! And apparently the performance of the second day (the promo had footage of the first day and started with a slight error).
  19. RIP Maestro Morricone. And @Lewya, I must say I find it repulsive to take this opportunity to downplay John Williams on a forum dedicated to his work. Edit: I see you edited your post already, fine.
  20. Can you imagine Esther was still alive to see her son complete the Star Wars saga (well, at the time...) and become the most oscar-nominated living person. She must have been proud.
  21. Sorry to bump this thread, @Thor but I was just wondering about Williams’ parents this evening, so I found this thread but also the following website: https://www.geni.com/people/Esther-Williams/6000000025264675354 ...that mentions she passed away in 1984 already! That is so strange. What do you think?
  22. It's not much, but there's this in the JW signature edition of 'The Rebellion is Reborn': "With the eight installment of the Star Wars films, director/writer Rian Johnson has graced us with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. He's produced an exciting new extension of the now iconic saga that reintroduces Daisy Ridley, etc. etc. ... ... As Luke Skywalker intones towards the end of the film, "The Rebellion is Reborn," and all Star Wars fans, including myself, can rejoice!" And for HP3: "It was a joy to team up with film director Alfonso Cuarón on this adventure, and I must say I had a particularly good time setting music to this story which resulted in such an entertaining and enjoyable film."
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