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  1. That's very, very true - thanks again. Projected film excerpts in a movie theatre would have been celebrating with style, of course - not that many people could have been made happy like with what you did instead, though. PS: Do you think John Williams is a) aware of this and b) might watch it?
  2. Haha - actually I do wish they had spent their ample time (!) to incorporate more than a couple of audience and moderation shots of the historic and in a couple of cases better Saturday performance in a more balanced way, so to speak. Well, let's be thankful for what transpired.
  3. This was an absolutely astonishing, heart-warming, informative, musical, even lyrical, funny, a bit nostalgic celebration of both John Williams (more candles than piano keys, that's just adorable, haha) and Jerry Goldsmith. Thank you so very, very much. It brought tears of joy into my eyes during the first minute and the last. Indeed. Say, Marian - am I going mad or did I meet Maurizio (briefly) standing next to you with our daughter during intermission at Musikverein?
  4. Yes, indeed - I raise the glass right now - all the best to the Maestro! Looking forward to the stellar discussion panel in less than two hours. <3 "I can't wait to go back", "I would love to go back" - maybe there is a positive force (pun intended) in the universe that makes his (birthday?) wish come true, although he and us have been incredibly lucky already; just seems like an awful waste of time. (not to him, I'm sure he kept himself busy with music and composing) Cheers! *clink* To his very good health and the future!
  5. Yes. Yes, it does. (fortunately and terrifyingly) None of us ever will. We are ... "Class of January 2020" PS: Good to know that at least you had a small party with living breathing humans at all. We weren't that lucky with our daughter. PPS: Where did you acquire this funny animated GIF with Max Steiner?
  6. Oh yes, and right now we were sitting in "Gmoakeller", thanks to you: Happy birthday to you, Fabulin/Karol! We celebrated with our daughter via Zoom this time - absolutely no comparison to 365(+1) days ago. I hope you've had a nice birthday...
  7. ...and exactly now it has been 365 days (!!) since we went to bed after a cozy evening in that great hotel right next to the ferris wheel to awaken to nice breakfast with view to same, a small walk from the museum's quarter to Starbucks, fresh snowfall, and the most amazing experience in our family life since, well, 365 days. *sigh*
  8. Indeed - and I fondly remember something else: Surprisingly, I was very moved and mesmerised by "Sabrina" as it was played so delicately by Anne-Sophie Mutter, especially towards the end. I remember turning to love of my life whispering "this is wonderful..." It was on Saturday only, because I didn't get the same reaction from the Sunday recording, although the (multi-channel) reproduction - as Marian already mentioned - really replicates the acoustics of the Golden Hall. Something is different with the Sunday recording of that theme; it's played louder, more pronounced if you will
  9. Alright - now I reveal something from my treasured memories that - to my knowledge - never appeared (at least not in these later, IMHO petty discussions) in this amazingly long-lasting and extensive thread here: When I (and the rest of the world) experienced for the very first time the Star Wars Main Title being conducted by John Williams at the Golden Hall of Musikverein - I heard details in the brass in the first minute I have *never* heard like this before, neither in concert nor on recordings - it's hard to describe, but I was in heaven; and no, it did not, I repeat, did not so
  10. Alright, before I read this thread and negative opinions might harm me like they did in that Vienna thread I just put down my fresh and sincere observations right now: I waited with enjoying BBC magazine until this afternoon - you have to celebrate the few moments of joy these days... ...and I have to say this was a really interesting, well-researched article and engaging interview with new sights and some new insights as well plus it got me teary-eyed twice when, at the beginning of the second page of text, they stated that one concert luckily did happen and later on when Anne-Sophi
  11. This all means that there was only one concert in 2020, and a quite legendary one for different reasons (thank god)... *sigh*
  12. Which one? The DTS 5.1 or the Dolby Atmos? I have to decide - when I plug in the loaned BD drive for the very first time next week - which tracks to use for my BD-to-something-else transfer. (either first and second half of concert stand-alone video files or one or two DVDs, will decide later; but it's "only" those 2 hours and 3-5 minutes I'm interested in, which would fit nicely on a DVD, if I would not waste space for best audio quality) BTW: Which tool to use? FabDVD or something else? Never had this problem. (and hopefully will have never again)
  13. Well, I had a period about 10 or more years ago, where I met him a couple of times in my dreams (after having met him for real, see below) - and those were quite funny dreams: Interesting locations in England and elsewhere, strange architecture, interesting people, likewise journeys - and the funniest bit: In the later dreams I greeted him after the concert right there in the hall which looked like a small auditorium for medicine lectures (!) and he recognised me and we continued (!) conversations or alluded to some others we've "had" in the dreams/concerts months before. :) When was th
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