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  1. Hahaha I was sure it had been discussed. I even did a search, but I often fail to find exactly what I'm looking for with the forum's search engine, and this was such a case. So I thought I'd just ask. Thanks for the replies to you all!
  2. I'm sorry if this is a stupid question, or if it's been discussed already, but why isn't The Adventures of Han in the Deluxe Edition? It seems to me such a preposterous omission. At least it should've been included at the very end. I guess the idea of this release is showcase more of Powell's great work for this film, but not including the main concert arrangement of the main theme, composed by none other than JW is befuddling. I suppose it must have something to do with distribution rights and such, but still...
  3. What baffles me is the choice of the pieces. I guess he must've picked ones that weren't recorded previously with organ. The faster tempos in Parade of the Ewoks are quite hard to perform in is kind of instrument (considering there's always a delay between playing and the generation of the sound) and I'm not convinced they even exploit the sound of the organ to its fullest. In that regard, the Main Titles, along with some sections of Ben & the Tie Fighters are better suited, though I'm not a fan of the arrangements. Nevertheless, I do think it would be great to have more r
  4. Great, in my opinion. I don't have the setup for 5.1 listening, but I much prefer the downconversion of 5.1 to stereo rather than the stereo mix. Particularly for the Mutter tracks, her sound is more integrated with the rest of the orchestra, sounding much more aching to the real thing. Her sound is so prevalent in the stereo mix you have a hard time discerning subtleties in the orchestration.
  5. Beautiful performance. ASM really seems to have settled on the stylistic choices she made for the recording of Across the Stars down to every little detail. I don't hear noticeable differences betweeen this live performance and the studio recording in that regard. I don't mean this is a bad thing. On the contrary, it speaks to how minutely she appears to have digested Williams arrangements. On the other hand I expected to hear some variations, especially in the cadenzas. Not that there's anything wrong, just that having both recordings so close to each other seems to me
  6. It's curious to me that The Forest Battle (Concert Suite) rarely does come up at all when discussing ROTJ, as evidenced by this thread. I know, I know: concert arrangements are not favored amongst many JWfans, and this one having the ewoks' music and all... But still. Even though it's far from being in my favorite concert piece from the SW saga, I find it rather unique, It's one of several (I think 9?) arrangements from SW based on music composed primarily for set pieces, rather than characters. Since it jumps so much between such different themes throughout the short span of the s
  7. Extraordinary! I've always been in love of this danse macabre, and I think it's one of those Williams pieces that suits unashadmely in the program of a classical concert, particularly in the violin-piano arrangement. This new version takes its showy virtuosism even further, and I think the treatment is one of the most accomplished from the Across the Stars venture, since it fits the subject matter perfectly (even though it's absent from the album). IMO it's even one of the few pieces that benefit from Mutter's 'harsh' sound.
  8. Seems so true. Also, lately I have become somewhat allured by the theory that it might have been originally composed by Bach for some other instrument, like violin.
  9. Spoiler Warning, I guess (?) Yohooo! Violin Concerto for ASM is finished! This will be a long wait.
  10. Didn't see this mentioned before, so I thoughtI'd share. Listening to the very first few bars of Saint-Saƫns' Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso I couldn't help but think of the Jedi Steps. It might've been something of an influence. What do you think?
  11. I just saw this. This is one of my favorite cues from the entire saga. Probably in my top 5 cues in the history of film scores. So, it's a big deal to me. There's so much I just can't unsee after watching that edit. It works incredibly better, which I never thought possible. Does anybody know any details regarding the original intent for that sequence, and why the original spotting beats may have changed during editing? My guess is the FX weren't finished, so they may have recorded the cue to a preliminary cut. And the compositing for each shot was so difficult and time consuming the
  12. The piano intro is lovely... so theatrical, too. To me, it has always spoken of the origins of the character of Peter Pan, while being a perfect simple prelude for the magic to come. While the song... isn't it supposed to be terrible? As in Elementary-School-Play terrible?
  13. Thanks, Fabulin! This poll is turning out to be so much more interesting to me than the original one. I've never been a fan of polls for polls' sake, as it often feels like comparing apples to oranges, and it tends to get really subjective. Looking at those results, I guess it's beginning to show just how biased we tend to be when assigning value to a work of art. Not that it's any news, but a reminder is welcome every now and then. Hook vs HP? Who knows! Two exemplary masterpieces of the art of scoring IMHO. Both have strong and weak points. I voted for Hook. Born in '84, bee
  14. As wonderful as HP is, I must say Hook. Such masterful orchestration and the sheer variety of extraordinary themes. I love the ballet-like quality of the score. It always makes me dream of what could have been, if the original project for a Peter Pan musical had become a reality.
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