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  1. Me too. But USPS only shows the label was created. I guess they will get the package physically tomorrow. I'm hoping it arrives by Saturday!
  2. That is so much better than my screenshot of the logo from the FYC streaming page! Applied to my files. Thanks.
  3. I think the album is fine, and the price for the CD is extremely reasonable - really very inexpensive for prices these days and full to the brim. This would be a nice gift for a new JW fan, for example. I think HSATP is very good on the album. I too have the live recordings from 2018, and this has the benefit of being studio recorded. I am fine with the pacing of it. Lots of reverb on the low string plucking which gives them a fairly heavenly/distant sound to my ear contrasting with the very present higher violins and violas. I like the transition at 2:59 which could have been taken slower by some, but felt like a good change in momentum before the big push with most of the orchestra swelling in at 3:25. Once we get TROS, and assuming it has 1 or 2 suite pieces, I do like the idea of creating a best of SW suites playlists.
  4. Regardless of one's impression of the movie, I think it's hard to deny there is some great music in Indy 4, with a lot not officially available. As for the Disaster Box Set, ordered at 3:01 EST while standing in the Modern Museum of Art in NYC with my wife sort of starting at me.
  5. I have this as well (I was lucky to get it when it was first released). I did not find the movie all that compelling (other than the climbing footage), but I will watch it again since I just watched the three disaster movies (total coincidence to the scores releasing!). I loved the Trevanian novels (upon which the move is based) when I was in high school. In fact, there is a sequel to this story called the Loo Saction, and I suppose if Eiger had done better, Eastwood would have made Loo Section too. The movie did make back its costs though, so who really knows. I will listen to the Williams score again this morning as I too had forgotten it, and I like the thinking about this as part of wrapping up this period of his scoring career. I might put Missouri Breaks into this period too (despite it overlapping time wise with Jaws). I think Midway & Black Sunday belong in the Jaws-forward period.
  6. I think there is an interesting parallel to (although not identical to) Williams' performance periods. I am including playing, band leading and arranging (for other people's music) 1950's-1965 - Keyboard/Band Leader: Jazz player / film score session pianist - here I include his own band, the work at Fox, playing for Henry Mancini & Elmer Bernstein, Shelly Manne, Mahalia Jackson and his work with Previn on various albums. 1965 - 1979 - Quiet Period: Occasional performance work including his mostly arranging work on Valley of the Dolls and Fiddler, the Paul Williams album and his classical piano duet Serge Prokofiev: Sonata for Cello & Piano; David Ward-Steinman: Duo for Cello & Piano. 1980 - 1993 - A Performance Conductor Emerges: Boston Pops leadership period. Also includes leading things like the LA Olympic Opening Ceremonies and Oscars telecasts. 1993 - 2015 - Conductor Emeritus I: Regular Boston Pops, Tanglewood, Hollywood Bowl and other full concerts 2015 - Present - Conductor Emeritus II: Handful of performances each year, often splitting duties with another conductor
  7. I thought it was cute, and there was only one Xfinity part of the story. And of course, seeing ET where an Oculus Go was amazing for me. (Since I have been part of Oculus since 2013.)
  8. Personally, I'm thrilled for the release, and while there is a lot of material here from other sources, having a new package, with as much as we can get and album presentations is a plus for me. (The Earthquake score was released in quad sound, so I guess that is missing - glad I have it, not that I ever listen to it since I have to pump it though my home theater!) Looking forward to the podcast from @TownerFan and Mike M. Order date is apparently Tue, Dec 3, 12 pm PST along with La-La Land's other 4 releases (ST Voyager Vol 2, Karate Kid, Paramount Westerns and Stargate).
  9. Yep. I think they chose that for a few reasons. First, it was released as a single for free, so it was out there longer and probably more widely heard. Second, it is probably the most widely known and without controversy of the tracks. What I think I mean by that is if they had chosen a Star Wars track, then it could have looked too shameful related to the upcoming movie release. Third, it does have a very difficult cadenza, so it's more than say Rey's Theme that is closer to the original piece. (Personally, I still prefer the Dracula arrangement or The Duel, but Hedwig's Theme is quite good.) And fourth, I think Anne-Sophie really likes this piece. Just guesses! I was a bit surprised the album itself was not nominated, but then again it was not clear which category it really belongs in. There is not a classical crossover category, and it is not suitable for a visual medium award (where soundtracks show up) since it is not that.
  10. John Williams added to his impressive list of Grammy Nominations today, one for composition (Galaxy’s Edge) and one for arranging (Hedwig’s theme form Across the Stars). Winners will be announced January 26, 2020. 62. Best Instrumental CompositionA Composer's Award for an original composition (not an adaptation) first released during the Eligibility Year. Singles or Tracks only. BEGIN AGAIN Fred Hersch, composer (Fred Hersch & The WDR Big Band Conducted By Vince Mendoza) CRUCIBLE FOR CRISIS Brian Lynch, composer (Brian Lynch Big Band) LOVE, A BEAUTIFUL FORCE Vince Mendoza, composer (Vince Mendoza, Terell Stafford, Dick Oatts & Temple University Studio Orchestra) STAR WARS: GALAXY'S EDGE SYMPHONIC SUITE John Williams, composer (John Williams) WALKIN' FUNNY Christian McBride, composer (Christian McBride) 63. Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A CappellaAn Arranger's Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only. BLUE SKIES Kris Bowers, arranger (Kris Bowers) HEDWIG'S THEME John Williams, arranger (Anne-Sophie Mutter & John Williams) LA NOVENA Emilio Solla, arranger (Emilio Solla Tango Jazz Orchestra) LOVE, A BEAUTIFUL FORCE Vince Mendoza, arranger (Vince Mendoza, Terell Stafford, Dick Oatts & Temple University Studio Orchestra) MOON RIVER Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier)
  11. Well, WalMart.com does not have a John Williams friendly search engine! If you click on "John Williams" in the LP listings above (as his name is clickable), you are taken to a search of books with the first page of titles being by John James Williams the poet. On page 2, there are a few books related to John Williams, the composer. (Actually, a few piano books that I was not aware of - here's an example: https://www.walmart.com/ip/The-John-Williams-Easy-Piano-Anthology-9781540022073/752231909. From Hal Leonard, so looks legit.) But no music CDs or LPs. So, I go to the music section, and I search on John Williams. Walmart.com kindly offers me results for John William (no s). And no results composed by the subject of this forum. Searches for Hans Zimmer, David Newman, Jerry Goldsmith and Anne-Sophie Mutter all produce at least some relevant results. (But no JW + ASM "Across the Stars" interestingly.) Appending CD or Vinyl to the John Williams search does bring up a list of his soundtracks. Other than John Williams is a common name, it's odd their search engine is not at least lumping them all into the results. You would think that any soundtrack by Williams is selling better than a Welsh epic "Cofiant y Diweddar Barchedig." (Taking nothing away from this poem!)
  12. I guess the collectible part is that the disc is etched to look like the Death Star and only has the Star Wars tracks from the Deluxe Edition CD? Odd that the DG did not put up the track list. I found a more complete description at "Rough Trade." "Legendary film composer John Williams conducts five exceptional movie themes from the world-famous Star Wars saga in stunning new adaptations written especially for his superstar violinist friend and collaborator Anne-Sophie Mutter. The music ranges from “Yoda’s Theme” from The Empire Strikes Back and “Luke and Leia” from Return of the Jedi to more recent pieces such as “Across the Stars” from Attack of the Clones and “Rey’s Theme” from The Force Awakens. This unique 12” combines all the Star Wars tracks from the album Across the Stars, with the exclusive vinyl release of “Princess Leia’s Theme” from A New Hope. The b-side with an artfully engraved image of the Death Star." So, one side of the disc is these 5 items: Across the Stars, Yoda's Theme, Princess Leia's Theme, Luke & Leia, and Rey's Theme. The other side is just an image. Limited edition 3000 copies timed to Black Friday. My take on this is that if this helps make the collaboration a success, and it leads to a 2nd album, a new violin concerto and even a tour of Ms. Mutter (as she has alluded to possibly doing in 2-3 years), then DG should continue. I do agree for anyone wanting to build a deluxe edition on LP though that buying the three LP sets is a poor experience especially since this release would double 4 tracks with the original one - and still there would be a gap for the Chairman's Waltz and the Munich piece.
  13. Yes, I've been to all three they have had here. I think July '17, Oct/Nov '18 and Jul '19. I live in Kirkland.
  14. Well, I think my most recent screened films are a bit of a cheat for this thread. I saw Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban live with the Seattle Symphony on my birthday in July. (And a few days earlier E.T., also with the Seattle Symphony.) So, of course, the music was front and center in both cases and just wonderful. POA featured the Seattle Chorus as is needed by the score, and that was incredibly powerful to hear live. Happily, the audience was into the experience. I love being able to really look at which orchestra member is playing which parts and noticing even the small contributions from the non-featured players during various sequences. The last JW-scored film I saw in a movie theater might go all the way back to The Last Jedi in 2017 (not counting his theme contribution to Solo, which I saw in May 2018). I attended the showing that had the Rian Johnson-JW feature at the beginning, and there was great appreciation in the room for the Maestro. The last JW-scored film I watched was Minority Report on my iPad after the expanded score was released a few weeks ago.
  15. Thanks for posting. That's really lovely. Slower than I have heard but actually I like how you can really hear the horns come through.
  16. Yes, I have it. I am still doing my usual clean up on the audio and breaking it into tracks (removing long pauses, promotional spots etc, adjusting volume). I did listen live as well, and then I listened to the raw capture (and most of the concert) on my long run today. Overall, I really enjoyed the performance of the Williams' concerto as well as the others (Barber's Adagio, Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony + 2 encores from soloist James Ehnes). I want to go through the concerto again and really focus on the violin playing and how the orchestra is working with (and at times purposefully in counterpoint). A nice treat of the concert broadcast was that the intermission featured interviews with Stéphane Denève (conductor), Beth Guterman Chu (principal viola) and Ehnes. They all shared some insights of working on the piece (which Ehnes has only played with Denève conducting) and that John Williams came to the entire rehearsal of the piece. He however did not seem to be in the audience last night, so this was even more gracious given he was not going to be present to hear the final output. He spent time together with Ehnes as well 1:1. Multiple people mentioned the timing of the concerto's composition with Williams' late wife, Barbara Ruick, and her tragic passing in 1974. Here is a link to the program notes for those interested. https://www.stlpublicradio.org/programs/symphony/docs/20191102 - Saint Saens Organ Symphony.pdf
  17. Yes for sure, but I somehow doubt that will happen as it is basically an overlap in the same format as the DG album. Also, I suspect ASM cannot appear on any CD label as a headliner other than DG. However, if we get the Blu-Ray, we should be able to get an uncompressed version of Witches off the audio track.
  18. Fascinating! This bodes well for a Blu-Ray/DVD release of the concert too. (Although I really want the concert from Tanglewood.) Oh heck, I want them both!
  19. I too was struck by the 2002 list of credits/activities in the booklet, as I recalled all the films but did not connect the Olympics and other works. (I remember watching that ceremony live just to see Williams conduct - and then was thrilled when the 1980 Hockey Team lit the torch.) Also remember that he orchestrated Escapades into a very successful, and lasting concert work that year too. Truly incredible.
  20. Yes, she has two Stradivariuses. One from 1703 (her first Strad), and the main one she plays from 1710 as noted above. It's called the "Lord Dunn–Raven Stradivarius." She acquired it in in the early 80's. This page has a history of the violin and has references to back up the claims of ownership. https://tarisio.com/cozio-archive/property/?ID=41222 The page also has a front and back image of the violin.
  21. Is that right? I tried to do this for HP but they told me the units were shipping from a warehouse somewhere. (I was in LA that week.) Hoping mine goes out today and makes it to Kirkland WA by Saturday in any case!
  22. Agreed! This looks great. Interestingly, a remastered original soundtrack album is not included. I don't mind that - the original release seems fine to me. I wonder though if the decision was based on keeping this to 2 discs. If we look back to the recent releases, it seems 50/50 on inclusion. (I am not being very scientific about which albums I am picking.) With original album (or as mainly the remastered album + additional tracks) Dracula Superman The Movie Schindler's List Saving Private Ryan The Fury Jaws Jaws 2 Monsignor Without Minority Report Harry Potter trilogy Superman II/III Superman IV (no original album existed) Empire of the Sun A.I. Close Encounters The Cowboys
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