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    Gurkensalat reacted to Thor in Favourite piano performances by John Williams himself?   
    Today's selection is another "classic" -- John Williams performing a cue (his own composition, by the way) to a montage of silent film scenes, at an event in the early 2000s. Four-handed piano, accompanied by the Boston Pops pianist whose name escapes me. He would later perform the same piece with Leonard Slatkin. Of particular interest is the fact that a certain motif here also appears in the short film THE KATHERINE REED STORY from the mid 60s. It's either a classic tune from the era that I'm not aware of, or a tune that Williams repurposed for this film sequence:
     
     
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    Gurkensalat reacted to Amer in John Williams albums by Philips Records (Boston Pops)   
    The Vocallion label from UK released 5 of the Gerhardt recordings on hybrid SACD format. At least three of them have extra bonus cues culled from Gerhardt's 'Spectacular World of Classic Film Scores'recorded album. The sound quality on these are extraordinary. No John Williams though. 
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    Gurkensalat reacted to Disco Stu in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story (2021)   
    As always, these Spielberg conversations are so far from my experience I don't really find the discussion worth having, but they're also what every Spielberg thread becomes.  I get tired of reading the same opinions from the same people.  On that note, here's my oft-stated opinion I post every time: Lincoln and Bridge of Spies are great, inspired films with a lot to say to me personally.
     
    Also calling him a coward is some rank bullshit.
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    Gurkensalat reacted to Marian Schedenig in Which concert was better, Vienna or Berlin?   
    It's easy to understand: Because that's how it was written and how it's supposed to sound. If a film score is written like this and doesn't sound like it on album, it's a bad recording (or rather, a bad mix).
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    Gurkensalat reacted to ChrisAfonso in John Williams & Berliner Philharmoniker 14th/15th/16th Oct 2021   
    Not at all, it has been performed here multiple times, and is one of JW's most cherished compositions, same as elsewhere. The film, like others (e.g. Downfall, The Pianist, etc.) that depict this period in a serious way, is well regarded. It's the comedic handling of the subject matter that makes us squirm uncomfortably in our seats, like buddy-Adolf in Jojo Rabbit.
     
    And the story made it into the Berlin programme booklet at least, as the final punchline of the text
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    Gurkensalat got a reaction from Fabulin in John Williams & Berliner Philharmoniker 14th/15th/16th Oct 2021   
    So finally we can start our collection of Berlin flubs!
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    Gurkensalat reacted to Marian Schedenig in Which concert was better, Vienna or Berlin?   
    It's not just 70-year-olds who cough and make noise during concerts. In that regard, the FFP2 mask rule actually helps.  Sure, it would be more comfortable without them, but aside from the obvious fact that they make these concerts possible without killing people, they also make the audience very reluctant to cough during the concert. A week before Berlin I attended a chamber concert at the Musikverein and heard one cough throughout the entire programme. I wish people will still remember how to do that when we can finally leave the masks off.
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    Gurkensalat got a reaction from michael_grig in John Williams & Berliner Philharmoniker 14th/15th/16th Oct 2021   
    So finally we can start our collection of Berlin flubs!
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    Gurkensalat reacted to Bellosh in THE LAST JEDI: ESCAPE - Complete Restored Intended Score   
    Do us all a favor and don't fill this thread up with these stale as fuck TLJ opinions.  Can't speak for crumbs but I'd doubt he'd want his topic and hardwork sidetracked like this.
     
    Take it to that dumpster fire of a star wars thread.
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    Gurkensalat reacted to crumbs in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (James Mangold, June 30 2023)   
    Not really, when many fans consider it the purest Indiana Jones film of the lot.
     
    It's certainly the most enjoyable to watch, IMO. 
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    Gurkensalat reacted to Marian Schedenig in Which concert was better, Vienna or Berlin?   
    It makes me a bit sad how unliked the Mutter arrangements seem to be here. If I could only have one of the two programs, I'd easily pick the Vienna one, for the violin stuff and War Horse. But I'm happy that Berlin was different enough to give us plenty of new highlights.
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    Gurkensalat reacted to Marian Schedenig in Which concert was better, Vienna or Berlin?   
    Haven't we gone over this multiple times already? The LSO are experienced sight-readers who do a lot of film music recordings, the Philharmoniker are not. If one concert gets cancelled (and before the first rehearsal, too), a rescheduling (and with a different programme, though that hardly matters) a year later won't mean any players would have looked at the sheet music during that time (let alone learn & practice it). I still believe that Williams, upon hearing the orchestra, thinking they can play everything already, and cutting the rehearsals short, and being used to American orchestras and the LSO, overestimated their sight reading skills and didn't expect some problematic moments to persist from rehearsal to performance. And ultimately, though there are flubs (and at least one of them apparently in the printed sheet music), not every imprecision is an error. The LSO's extreme precision is impressive, but it's not the only way to play music, and a more "organic" performance can have its own strengths. The Berliner these days seem closer to the LSO's precision than the Wiener's style in that regard.
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    Gurkensalat reacted to Jurassic Shark in John Williams & Berliner Philharmoniker 14th/15th/16th Oct 2021   
    No, make it Trondheim Symphony Orchestra with 2L!
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    Gurkensalat reacted to Fabulin in Which concert was better, Vienna or Berlin?   
    Everybody seems to have forgotten how awesome Vienna was, in terms of the musicians (instrument signing session, asking to play the Imperial March, all those happy strings players, the mighty horns..., Anne-Sophie Mutter joining for Raiders, commissioning of a new Ball processional...), the perfection of CE3K, Dartmoor, Devil's Dance, and the now legendary rendition of the Imperial March at the end. The audience was just about the same as in Berlin, standing up after every other piece, hollering, thumping and so on. It was the proper continental debut that generated nearly 4000 comments in its thread, and had an awesome feel of a second chance after the 2018 health fiasco. I am not saying one concert is better than the other, but looking at this poll, it seems strangely lopsided.
     
    It will make more sense to compare albums released once we get the Berlin one.
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    Gurkensalat got a reaction from Martinland in John Williams & Berliner Philharmoniker 14th/15th/16th Oct 2021   
    I can relate. I am a fan since 1984, and when I saw him in Vienna from the first row walking by to the podium, just 2 meters from me, it was a great moment. 
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    Gurkensalat got a reaction from SteveMc in John Williams & Berliner Philharmoniker 14th/15th/16th Oct 2021   
    I can relate. I am a fan since 1984, and when I saw him in Vienna from the first row walking by to the podium, just 2 meters from me, it was a great moment. 
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    Gurkensalat got a reaction from rpvee in John Williams & Berliner Philharmoniker 14th/15th/16th Oct 2021   
    I can relate. I am a fan since 1984, and when I saw him in Vienna from the first row walking by to the podium, just 2 meters from me, it was a great moment. 
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    Gurkensalat got a reaction from Amer in John Williams & Berliner Philharmoniker 14th/15th/16th Oct 2021   
    I can relate. I am a fan since 1984, and when I saw him in Vienna from the first row walking by to the podium, just 2 meters from me, it was a great moment. 
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    Gurkensalat got a reaction from ConorPower in John Williams & Berliner Philharmoniker 14th/15th/16th Oct 2021   
    I can relate. I am a fan since 1984, and when I saw him in Vienna from the first row walking by to the podium, just 2 meters from me, it was a great moment. 
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    Gurkensalat got a reaction from aj_vader in John Williams & Berliner Philharmoniker 14th/15th/16th Oct 2021   
    I can relate. I am a fan since 1984, and when I saw him in Vienna from the first row walking by to the podium, just 2 meters from me, it was a great moment. 
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    Gurkensalat got a reaction from Once in John Williams & Berliner Philharmoniker 14th/15th/16th Oct 2021   
    I can relate. I am a fan since 1984, and when I saw him in Vienna from the first row walking by to the podium, just 2 meters from me, it was a great moment. 
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    Gurkensalat got a reaction from MaxTheHouseelf in John Williams & Berliner Philharmoniker 14th/15th/16th Oct 2021   
    I can relate. I am a fan since 1984, and when I saw him in Vienna from the first row walking by to the podium, just 2 meters from me, it was a great moment. 
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    Gurkensalat reacted to Raiders of the SoundtrArk in The Beatles: Get Back (Peter Jackson, 2021)   
    Nice...
    Now Jackson Get Back to Tintin...
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    Gurkensalat reacted to Raiders of the SoundtrArk in The Beatles: Get Back (Peter Jackson, 2021)   
    I hope that after this show he move on Tintin 2.
    Peter I've been waiting for too long this movie don't make me wait another decade!
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