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  1. Anne-Sophie Mutter talks with The Legacy of John Williams about the genesis of her collaboration with John Williams and the enthusiasm of working alongside him for the project 'Across the Stars, while offering her thoughts about the legacy of the composer: https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2019/11/21/anne-sophie-mutter-interview/ Hope you'll like it, guys!
  2. New episode of The Legacy Conversations podcast: music theorist Frank Lehman (aka @Falstaft) shares his wonderful academic knowledge about the music of John Williams, illustrating methodology and approach with his usual great observations. He's definitely one of the best examples of how Williams's music ended up influencing not only musicians, but also scholars, academics and historians. https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2019/11/14/frank-lehman-podcast/
  3. In Boston in 2017, he actually did that when performing the March from 1941. I also attended a couple other concerts featuring JW's music (conducted by others) where the audience started spontaneously to clap in rhythm with the inevitable Imperial March encore.
  4. Williams had to follow a temp track for Star Wars... well, since the very beginning in 1977. He's very accustomed to deal with such thing, and he has been very successful, in my opinion, to let the temp track be just a starting point, a jumping board from which he could dive into his musical creativity and speak with his own voice. The Sequel Trilogy is a beast of its own in terms of methodology and scoring process. It's definitely different than the way he used to work with George Lucas and he had to adapt to a very different kind of process (and also surrounded with a much larger pressure from the various stakeholders). But it's a fact he has successfully navigated through all this.
  5. In Jeff's latest episode of "The Baton", I joined him as a co-host to discuss one of JW's most underrated scores, The Fury https://thebatonpodcast.podbean.com/e/episode-48-the-fury/ It was lovely to be a guest of Jeff's show, he's very dedicated to this thorough job. I look forward to join him in other episodes in the future!
  6. Stéphane Denève conducting: Hooray for Hollywood The Cowboys overture Two pieces from Jane Eyre: The Reunion; To Thornfield Suite from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: Three Million Light Years From Home; Star Gazers; Adventures on Earth John Williams conducting: "Flight to Neverland" from Hook "Dartmoor, 1921" from War Horse Theme from "Jurassic Park" "With Malice Towards None" from Lincoln "The Adventures of Han" from Solo: A Star Wars Story "Rey's Theme" from Star Wars: The Force Awakens "Princess Leia's Theme" from Star Wars: A New Hope Main Title from Star Wars Encores: Yoda's Theme & The Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme)
  7. Usually tickets sold directly from the venue/orchestra/foundation, like in this case, should have a much more rigid and controlled protocol, so it should be harder for resellers to unleash their bots and collect hundreds of tickets at once like they do for event shows in big arenas, where the sale is generally controlled by third-party sellers.
  8. No, when finally the bug was resolved and the website started working properly (around 9.45am), some sectors were already completely sold out/unavailable, so it might well be as Marian said that there are sectors blocked at the present time for contingent seats, but it's hard to say how many. I think there was overload and multiple requests for the same seats at the same time on Tuesday as well, but in the end I managed to get my 4 tickets together in the same row. But it went much smoother than today, which looked like that once the website started working only standing tickets or obstructed/no stage view were actually available. Last year was definitely smoother and no rush at all, even though the best seats were definitely already gone after the membership sale.
  9. Perhaps it's JW that is still undecided about a few things and is moving up things a little. It's a once-in-a-lifetime concert for him as well, so I can imagine him being very thoughtful about what to perform with this specific orchestra on such an occsasion. Given what looks like the four violin pieces from Across the Stars album in the first half, I'm still dreaming about Mutter being announced as a surprise guest later on I was the one guessing. I'm more than pleased to have guessed wrong! It looks like it's going to be fully conducted by JW.
  10. Sounds like a perfect pitch for a very funny comedy You should write and produce it. I very much hope you'll be able to come either way, Thor. I think this is a bucket list item for almost every JW fans.
  11. It's been tough, but I secured my 4 tickets for Saturday! Row 21, couldn't get anything else closer to the stage in the same row, but I won't complain at all. This is going to be historic. Btw, I think the Musikverein is purposefully keeping tickets for the general sale on Thursday. Be ready to act quick! Plus, Marian heard that the very first rows and the seats near the orchestra on the stage might not be available because they will extend the stage. I need a cup of tea now
  12. Of course, I'm only speculating. I very much hope JW will conduct the whole thing. I was only wondering about some "fail safe" options. Dudamel looks right considering his connection to both JW and the Wiener Philharmoniker.
  13. Who knows? But I honestly don't think so. The LSO concert programmed last year was added after he committed to Vienna, since he was already in Europe and promised the LSO an appearance since almost 20 years. He had also to appear at the DG 120th Anniversary gala with Anne-Sophie Mutter in Berlin that took place last November. It seems Vienna has a very special meaning for him. It's something in the making since a few years.
  14. I agree they already have several options viable. This time around though, I don't think they will end up cancelling the concerts, but they probably have already secured a top conductor to step in his place, whether JW might not feel good enough to be on the podium, or if he prefers to conduct only some selections. I guess they will decide very close to the event. It seems this is a huge item on JW's bucket list, so he's definitely running the extra mile to be able at least to be there in person.
  15. You can buy a maximum of 4 tickets for a single concert during the pre-sale for membership. the cost varies from 50 Euros up to 250 Euros for the best seats in the stalls. Considering how carefully worded this press release is, it's looks like JW will conduct only a portion of the concert, like he's doing frequently in the last few years. I guess to avoid last-minute cancellations like it happened last year, it very much looks like the concerts will take place nonetheless this time around, whether Williams will be able to attend or not (it's called "A Tribute to John Williams", not "John Williams conducts the Wiener Philharmoniker"). My bet is that the majority of the concert will be conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, who is a regular guest conductor of the Wiener Philharmoniker and of course a pretty huge name in itself, other than becoming rapidly the most acclaimed and distinguished interpreter of JW music in the classical arena. I have to consider carefully whether to go or not. It's not the best of times financially for me. I'll think about it over the weekend.
  16. It would be great to know the reasons behind this. I guess it was a mixture of Williams' own uncertainty about the piece and expectations/issues from various parts. The fact Williams never returned to the piece since then is likely a sign he isn't too fond of it and prefers to leave it where it is. But expectations about what a Williams concert should be is certainly a factor. Doing my research I stumbled upon another interview he did when he was invited to conduct the US Marine Band in 2003. He says that Slatkin suggested him to perform the Sinfonietta for Winds and Percussion--while JW thought it could be a great idea, he also says that people attending the concert were coming to hear his film music, so he had to respect that wish. So there you have it. I think it's duty of conductors and scholars of the future to shine a brighter light on some of Williams's lesser-known repertoire.
  17. In this article, I explore Williams' early days as a composer of concert stage music, taking a deeper look into his works written between the 1960s and the '70s, including an closer look at his almost-unknown "Symphony No.1". It's a fascinating journey into some of Williams' lesser-known works, his friendship with composer/conductor André Previn, and the overall approach to art music. https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2019/10/08/john-williams-early-concert-works/ It has been a thorough and long research for me, but absolutely fun and full of discoveries. Hope you will enjoy reading it.
  18. Posted it in another thread, but got buried soon. Found this today on YouTube via thx99 facebook: It's the full concert arrangement (Williams performed it once in Chicago in 2009). This is a reproduction made with VST instruments, but it's done tastefully well. It's the first time I hear this version.
  19. Here's a reproduction of the full concert version of the piece done on VST:
  20. Very good interview, guys. You asked all the good questions. Keep up the good work!
  21. Read an exclusive interview with talented award-winning American composer Peter Boyer about his career in the classical music field and how the music of John Williams inspired his own artistic journey: https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2019/09/16/peter-boyer-interview/
  22. It was almost an in-joke performance, in the sense that it was Mutter performing on top of the original concert version, not a specific new arrangement for violin. In one of the recent interviews, she said she'd love to join the orchestra even when they perform regular pieces, so I guess that was that. In general, it was a terrific concert. The live-mixing as heard on the broadcast wasn't very good, they kept all the focus on the solo violin and the strings section, while other sections sound muffled. However, Newman is an excellent conductor and did a great job. Mutter performed even better than on the album, imho.
  23. Thanks for the suggestions, guys. I'm working on several things and I'll have soon more guests on the podcast. Today I'll have a new written interview published, it's a good one
  24. It would be great, but he's 90 years old and, as I said, he lives a very private life far from Hollywood. You have to respect the need for privacy and even anonimity, especially from elderly people.
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