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    Martinland reacted to Thor in John Williams & the Vienna Philharmonic: January 18/19 2020 w/ CD & Blu-ray coming August 14 2020   
    No way. Beer beats everything!
     
    But I'm not worried. I'm sure I'll find it for the price I want at some point, in Amazon's used section or wherever. I'm more worried for the other 3 Williams albums I want, since they aren't as widely available.
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    Martinland reacted to Thor in John Williams & the Vienna Philharmonic: January 18/19 2020 w/ CD & Blu-ray coming August 14 2020   
    True. It's just a matter of personal lack of money and priorities in life. My max would be $15 for this, including shipping.
  3. Haha
    Martinland reacted to Jay in John Williams & the Vienna Philharmonic: January 18/19 2020 w/ CD & Blu-ray coming August 14 2020   
    I can't imagine ever thinking $30 is unreasonable for first and only live concert release from your favorite composer, but here we are
  4. Confused
    Martinland reacted to bollemanneke in John Williams & the Vienna Philharmonic: January 18/19 2020 w/ CD & Blu-ray coming August 14 2020   
    It's too convenient for me to stop using it.
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    Martinland got a reaction from Gurkensalat in John Williams & the Vienna Philharmonic: January 18/19 2020 w/ CD & Blu-ray coming August 14 2020   
    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, not sure.
     
    This was topped only by the lush and sweet "War Horse" and its flute soloist in the "second concert" as I keep calling the second part of the Saturday performance right since the intermission back then. (because of the amazing length of this concert, it truly felt oh-so-lucky-exhaustingly like two concerts!)
     
    In a week it's been a year - I just can't wrap my head around that.
    It was ... a dream; come true after more than 1.5 years of hoping and in hindsight under the most improbable of circumstances. This experience will always mean 2020 to me; not those other dreadful four fifths of the year.
     
    *sigh*
     
    I concur completely, Karol - and *I* wonder, why those professional technicians and musicians at Deutsche Grammophon did not put in the extra work (they had all the time in the world!) to create the perfect blend of both performances; the existing result (not the concerts or the contents) is a bit disappointing - even the video is quite unfilmic: To many tight close-ups, so few different angles, even fewer wide shots (compare to the video of Mutter's open air concert in Munich, for example) - in an age of high resolution and big displays this looks like old-fashioned in-your-face television for small sets with low res, not like a concert recording for a broad canvas; very irritating.
     
    Still: We were lucky - and all those millions of people who were able to experience it too because all this took place and was recorded properly. (not put together properly, as I pointed out above)
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    Martinland got a reaction from Jurassic Shark in John Williams & the Vienna Philharmonic: January 18/19 2020 w/ CD & Blu-ray coming August 14 2020   
    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, not sure.
     
    This was topped only by the lush and sweet "War Horse" and its flute soloist in the "second concert" as I keep calling the second part of the Saturday performance right since the intermission back then. (because of the amazing length of this concert, it truly felt oh-so-lucky-exhaustingly like two concerts!)
     
    In a week it's been a year - I just can't wrap my head around that.
    It was ... a dream; come true after more than 1.5 years of hoping and in hindsight under the most improbable of circumstances. This experience will always mean 2020 to me; not those other dreadful four fifths of the year.
     
    *sigh*
     
    I concur completely, Karol - and *I* wonder, why those professional technicians and musicians at Deutsche Grammophon did not put in the extra work (they had all the time in the world!) to create the perfect blend of both performances; the existing result (not the concerts or the contents) is a bit disappointing - even the video is quite unfilmic: To many tight close-ups, so few different angles, even fewer wide shots (compare to the video of Mutter's open air concert in Munich, for example) - in an age of high resolution and big displays this looks like old-fashioned in-your-face television for small sets with low res, not like a concert recording for a broad canvas; very irritating.
     
    Still: We were lucky - and all those millions of people who were able to experience it too because all this took place and was recorded properly. (not put together properly, as I pointed out above)
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    Martinland reacted to Fabulin in John Williams & the Vienna Philharmonic: January 18/19 2020 w/ CD & Blu-ray coming August 14 2020   
    Imagine what sort of improvements could be made with an acccess to recording files and advanced tools. Here is just me, audacity, and ctrl + del
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wsZ4d23RbZ-tAdPXJXed8mtKeK2X3W-b/view?usp=sharing
    @Remco @Jurassic Shark
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    Martinland reacted to Marian Schedenig in John Williams & the Vienna Philharmonic: January 18/19 2020 w/ CD & Blu-ray coming August 14 2020   
    I don't really remember all that many specific details - it's all a bit of a blur, partly due to the CD/Blu release and mainly due to the pandemic (at this point, the whole of 2020 is a blur, and I have to really think to decide if a specific event happened a few months ago or one year plus a few months ago).
     
    From Saturday, I definitely remember the two flubs that Biodome mentioned, and I don't think I noticed any others (though others have, mainly wrong notes, some of which were repeated on Sunday, so possibly incorrect score sheets). I also remember (and frequently wrote so back then) that I thought the overall sound astonishingly transparent (which is not guaranteed in the Golden Hall, even with the Philharmoniker, and especially not with dense works for big orchestra) - I could hear all the bits I knew to be there (and often couldn't hear clearly in other concerts). Perhaps a few details here and there that I was not so familiar with, but probably nothing substantial.
     
    But I do know that these things can also depend on your seat, especially if you're close to the orchestra. I once heard Blomstedt conduct Bruckner's 4th from the rightmost seat in the second (or third?) row, and mainly heard every single note of the second violins, and that did include lots of things I'd never consciously noticed, although I'm more familiar with that symphony than with 99% of all other music.
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    Martinland reacted to Fabulin in John Williams & the Vienna Philharmonic: January 18/19 2020 w/ CD & Blu-ray coming August 14 2020   
    The Saturday performance of the Main Title was the best I've ever heard, and there was not a blemish on it. Certainly not the trumpet delay from Sunday! I wonder if it will ever surface... 
     
    I also remember that the upper register details were splendid in the hall.
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    Martinland reacted to Marian Schedenig in CE3K Suite - where is ‘When You Wish...’?   
    The original recording is remarkably "symphonic" in so far as it feels like the tempi are more free than in your average film score. Still, if I don't listen to the full score, Gerhardt and the Wiener recording are my go tos.
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    Martinland reacted to blondheim in CE3K Suite - where is ‘When You Wish...’?   
    I prefer the Gerhardt performance. The tempo is a little grander and Brucknerian.
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    Martinland reacted to BB-8 in John Williams in the BBC Music Magazine   
    One title on the excellent cover CD is a nice reminder of an existing Spielberg/Williams movie.
     
    EMPIRE OF THE SUN (1987) Jim sings 'Suo Gân' - YouTube
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    Martinland reacted to Thor in John Williams' 2020/21 Concert Schedule   
    Stop rubbing it in!
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    Martinland reacted to JohnnyD in John Williams in the BBC Music Magazine   
    A New Year’s Eve gift arrived in the mail. I finally received my copy of the magazine, and the article on Maestro John Williams is an excellent, delightful, insightful and inspiring read. I’m glad I got this issue of BBC Music; a lovely memento to keep with the films, film scores and concert works in my collection.
  15. Haha
    Martinland reacted to The Big Man in John Williams & the Vienna Philharmonic: January 18/19 2020 w/ CD & Blu-ray coming August 14 2020   
    But I use Duck Duck Go.
     
    Anyway, wtf are you weirdo nerds arguing about? Flubs? Williams looking old and haggard? Sheesh, concerts always have some shitty bits compared to the bits you grew up with.
     
    Ya'll remind me of Hannibal Lecter at the beginning of Red Dragon who ate that piccolo player for flubbing a note or two, poor bugga!
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    Martinland reacted to Tom in John Williams & the Vienna Philharmonic: January 18/19 2020 w/ CD & Blu-ray coming August 14 2020   
    Wait a minute. Williams conducted the Vienna Philharmonic?
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    Martinland reacted to Marian Schedenig in John Williams & the Vienna Philharmonic: January 18/19 2020 w/ CD & Blu-ray coming August 14 2020   
    That ugly flub at the beginning aside (which is especially unfortunate because it stands out so much and I'm rather sure it could be fixed by editing in the Saturday performance), I think it's excellent. And generally, any piece that brings out the Viennese horns has a certain something that you just can't get from any other recordings, regardless of how good they may be otherwise.
     
    (As I've mentioned before, I've always found Williams' own concert performances of the SW main title a bit too straight forward, "film tempo like". Which is why I always ranked the Gerhardt recording much higher. But in Tanglewood in 2019 I was very surprised and happy to hear him take a much more organic, "classical" approach to it, and he did the same in Vienna. That alone makes it one of the better recordings)
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    Martinland got a reaction from Fabulin in John Williams in the BBC Music Magazine   
    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-Sophie Mutter observed the special atmosphere of this event and compared it to her other most significant musical moment of joy in her life as she gave her debut under Karajan.
    So I was glad to have this as a memento and seeing Maestro John Williams still in good health and even amazingly positive spirit and I was shocked as well that - had I waited 3 more weeks - I would have read this _a_whole_year_ after the concert actually took place. Feels like yesterday and an earth age away at the same time.
    Now I'll start reading this thread.
    Have a better one,
    stay shaved,
    Martin
    I already played it thrice - once for us two (sans daughter this year, sadly), then for my parents, and yesterday during our festive meal, while reading the notes.
    I actually adore two more modern ones, #10 and #12, that - according to the liner notes - also deal with the weather instead of the usual concerns in lyrics of these sorts...
    P.S.: I'm also glad that the responses in this thread are generous, to the point, polite, or at least humorous. That's great; befitting this (strange but peaceful) holiday season.
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    Martinland got a reaction from MaxTheHouseelf in John Williams in the BBC Music Magazine   
    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-Sophie Mutter observed the special atmosphere of this event and compared it to her other most significant musical moment of joy in her life as she gave her debut under Karajan.
    So I was glad to have this as a memento and seeing Maestro John Williams still in good health and even amazingly positive spirit and I was shocked as well that - had I waited 3 more weeks - I would have read this _a_whole_year_ after the concert actually took place. Feels like yesterday and an earth age away at the same time.
    Now I'll start reading this thread.
    Have a better one,
    stay shaved,
    Martin
    I already played it thrice - once for us two (sans daughter this year, sadly), then for my parents, and yesterday during our festive meal, while reading the notes.
    I actually adore two more modern ones, #10 and #12, that - according to the liner notes - also deal with the weather instead of the usual concerns in lyrics of these sorts...
    P.S.: I'm also glad that the responses in this thread are generous, to the point, polite, or at least humorous. That's great; befitting this (strange but peaceful) holiday season.
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    Martinland got a reaction from Once in John Williams in the BBC Music Magazine   
    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-Sophie Mutter observed the special atmosphere of this event and compared it to her other most significant musical moment of joy in her life as she gave her debut under Karajan.
    So I was glad to have this as a memento and seeing Maestro John Williams still in good health and even amazingly positive spirit and I was shocked as well that - had I waited 3 more weeks - I would have read this _a_whole_year_ after the concert actually took place. Feels like yesterday and an earth age away at the same time.
    Now I'll start reading this thread.
    Have a better one,
    stay shaved,
    Martin
    I already played it thrice - once for us two (sans daughter this year, sadly), then for my parents, and yesterday during our festive meal, while reading the notes.
    I actually adore two more modern ones, #10 and #12, that - according to the liner notes - also deal with the weather instead of the usual concerns in lyrics of these sorts...
    P.S.: I'm also glad that the responses in this thread are generous, to the point, polite, or at least humorous. That's great; befitting this (strange but peaceful) holiday season.
  21. Confused
    Martinland reacted to Jurassic Shark in John Williams & the Vienna Philharmonic: January 18/19 2020 w/ CD & Blu-ray coming August 14 2020   
    You're a professional musician, and you can't hear the flubs? That says more about you than about me, mate.
  22. Haha
    Martinland reacted to Marian Schedenig in John Williams & the Vienna Philharmonic: January 18/19 2020 w/ CD & Blu-ray coming August 14 2020   
    Yes, but did you know the Philharmoniker use "a variety of classical instruments"?
  23. Haha
    Martinland reacted to Marian Schedenig in John Williams & the Vienna Philharmonic: January 18/19 2020 w/ CD & Blu-ray coming August 14 2020   
    Looking forward to the Saturday Edition…
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    Martinland reacted to Jurassic Shark in John Williams in the BBC Music Magazine   
    The BBC Music Magazine recommends to purchase print and digital copies through the following site:
     
    https://www.buysubscriptions.com/back-issues/bbc-music-magazine-back-issues
     
    The top issue, Christmas 2020, is the JW issue.
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    Martinland reacted to Fabulin in John Williams hopes "to be in Berlin in October conducting the orchestra"   
    The sequel to our Vienna JWFan meeting would gladly see you there  
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