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  1. Ha! That shows how often I've played my Ep III disc, doesn't it? The Zubin Mehta was recorded in ?1978, so was it the premiere recording of the extended version?
  2. I know it's not on the OST, so not directly relevant to this thread, but can anyone confirm how many recordings there are out there of the extended Throne Room and End Credits from ANH? I know the Skywalker Symphony 1990 recording has it, plus I think the Gerhardt recording in the late 70s has it, but are there any others? Mark
  3. Well, I managed to get several family members (mainly the ones who always complain I'm impossible to buy for) to buy me several of them in the Presto sale that's now closed. If all goes according to plan, I'll have the Adventures on Earth and Star Wars suite full orchestral scores to spend several hours with on Christmas Day. I'm getting quite excited. Mark
  4. You could be misinterpreting. Maybe they just misunderstood that Schindler's List anecdote. Mark
  5. I've just tried a google to find comments about the DR of the LLL Superman set, but found nothing of note. Given the much-vaunted (and rightly so) discovery of the 1st-gen tapes, it should have more DR than any previous release. That said, it's possible that some people listening on - ahem - 'modest' equipment or in planes/trains/automobiles might find the extra DR irritating. The quiet bits will be quieter, which can be tricky to hear over background noise - you then turn the volume up only to get deafened when the LSO brass section next release a salvo. Mark
  6. I listened to the Legacy... podcast with Grierson a few weeks ago and was delighted with what a nice guy he sounds like, interested in the way he said he moved from straight piano to keyboard work over the years and finally very saddened to hear that he fell and permanently ruined one of his playing hands just after the rehearsal for the L2P ET recording (is that the one on the DVD?). Very sad. One day I'll be able to play Over the Moon. I can currently manage about three bars before my fingers end up tied in knots. How Grierson played it at that speed, even with the extra rehearsa
  7. Actually, I was referring to the version released in 2000 with extra Brando footage etc. I've just checked my Blu-ray box set, and it calls it the Expanded Edition. You're right that the description of The Donner Cut is only for SII, at least according to my box set. In my defence, IIRC, Donner was heavily involved in the 2000 cut of SI, which is probably why I called it the Donner cut. Anyway, hopefully we're all on the same page now...
  8. It's brilliant, no argument. I have a soft spot for the film, not least because it was the first film I ever saw at the age of about 5. I barely remember seeing it, but Christopher Reeve and John Williams just made Superman for me, and still do (you can very definitely keep your Cavills and your Rouths). Sure, the film loses its way a little bit towards the end, but with all the craziness between Donner and the Salkinds, it's astonishing what was achieved. The Richard Donner cut improves matters considerably, it must be said. I've already posted a number of my thoughts on the score
  9. I remember listening to the Trotter album in the shop before buying it in 97. One of the staff who looked very much like an indie/guitar band sort of person walked past me and said, in a thick Northern (British) accent, ‘Oh, I listened to that yesterday. It’s f...ing mental.’ 20 years later, I still think that was pretty spot on as a short review. Mark
  10. All this talk of ESB and temp tracks rang a vague bell, so I dug out my ancient copy of Once Upon a Galaxy: a journal of the making of the Empire Strikes Back by Alan Arnold. In it, Arnold talks of visiting Irvin Kershner just as he was choosing records to take to the temp track session. Here's one interesting passage: 'Behind me, Kersh had begun to rummage, picking out one LP* after another from the shelves that framed the stereo, He played only bits of them, and as the pace of his selections grew more frenzied my musical senses were treated to a most unfeeling assault. In the spa
  11. I don't have any of the HA2 releases, so don't know the fanfare you're referring to, but neither of the first two arrangements in Three Holiday Songs (Somewhere in.. and Star of...) corresponds with any of the tracks on the HA OST, so possibly the same goes for MC, MC. That said, the 8-bar intro in the sheet music does look quite, erm, fanfare-y. Poor quality photo attached...
  12. Just got three from Presto Music: Bassoon conc, Sabrina, Three holiday songs. The concerto in particular is great to have - I find I get much more out of music (especially complex or challenging music) if I can see the score as well. Put in a request for the Star Wars Suite for a Christmas present too! Mark
  13. The talk of the women's choir in ESB on another thread reminded me: Arrival at Cloud City was surely temped with the latter part of Neptune from Holst's Planets, right down to the female wordless choir. Also, the Imperial March - temped with Montagues and Capulets from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet ballet music? It's certainly about the right length to cover the initial sequence of the Imperial Fleet massing. Mark
  14. Listening to JFK just now, I’m struck by the similarities between Arlington and Barber’s Adagio for Strings. Anyone else? Mark
  15. I like the original Rosewood CD release (especially since my CD player can decode HDCDs) but didn’t feel there was much missing that would make buying the expanded version especially worthwhile. Anyone care to tell me what I missed? I saw the track listing online, but that’s not the full story. Mark
  16. Oh, and another thing I wanted to ask: is there a list of musicians who played on Superman (and Williams’s other LSO recordings)? I seem to recall seeing one for Empire back in the very early days when the phrase ‘information superhighway’ didn’t sound ridiculous. Anyone got one? I like reading the lists in recent releases, especially spotting the same names on different scores, not to mention Williams’s brother(?s). Mark
  17. Just to let you know that the UK mail order company Presto Classical has 25% off all Hal Leonard stuff until the end of October: https://www.prestomusic.com/sheet-music/promotions/hal-leonard/composers/470/browse Not sure if they can post to non-UK addresses, but worth asking. Mark
  18. Say, has anyone got a good example of the sort of thing that people with niche interests insist should be done to make the universe a better place when they don't have to fund it? No-one? Ah well. (Not that I wouldn't have loved it if that had been done - after all, in 1997, Maurice Murphy was still going strong in the trumpet section.)
  19. Good question - I suppose the engravers would simply be restricted to whatever survived of the original pencil-and-paper scores. I seem to remember that Juillard's library will get WIlliams's personal archive when he finally disappears to become one with the Force, so it's possible.
  20. There's no point mucking about: how about the complete score to Empire in a study score version, like the yellow Ernst Eulenberg books? Now I'd pay some good dollar for that. One day, my brothers and sisters... one day. Mark
  21. The OST track (LLL CD3, T2) has rather atonal piano flourishes underlying the high synth parts from 2:09-3:09. I've just listened to it, closely followed by CD1, T2 and the latter part of the same segment, also starting at 2:09, has less piano later on. I think I prefer the OST in this instance. Talking (obliquely) of Krypton, I'd also like to shout out the masterful way Williams puts the Krypton theme into the minor at the beginning of The Fortress of Solitude. It's actually just a change of one note (out of eight) by a mere semitone, but it completely changes the feel of the moti
  22. Well, it’s actually Bowers & Wilkins, and Abbey Road is hardly a byword for low quality sound. Neither are Decca, and lots of their recordings use B&W as well. Oh, and so do I and they sound great! Whilst we’re being controversial, I’ve never been a fan of the sound of the original 1977 Star Wars on any release, whereas Jedi only really sounds poor on the 1997 release (apart from Superstructure Chase which really is dreadful - wasn't it recorded at a different studio for some odd reason?). Mark
  23. I've just driven home from work with the third CD playing, and just been amazed all over again at what a great score, performance and OST album this was (is). Williams is at (or certainly very near) his absolute peak, he's worked with the LSO the year before and you can tell he's pushing them harder and they're enjoying keeping up. The brass section are absolutely on fire and the strings are great too, though possibly a little too much vibrato on the violins at times. The OST album is brilliantly sequenced - I like albums that generally follow the film order - with the concert suites being pla
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