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I've had this beautiful gem for a few days and I can say that the album is, as expected, phenomenal. I’ll write more in a large article that I’m going to publish before the premiere. Several pieces, l

ACROSS THE STARS Anne-Sophie Mutter / John Williams The Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles Label: Deutsche Grammophon Release Date: August 30, 2019   TRACK LIST  

First single is "Hedwig's Theme" and is available on digital platforms in any country where it's already Friday   I.E., https://itunes.apple.com/nz/album/hedwigs-theme-from-harry-potter-phil

5 hours ago, Disco Stu said:

What's happened here is we've gotten actual new Potter music from Williams in 2019, that's what's happened.

 

I was already excited enough just getting “new” unreleased/unheard Potter stuff in 2018. The fact that he’s actually written new variations here is too much, and still a little more on Hedwig to come!

 

It’s actually a little overwhelming to remember he’s reworking his whole career with this thing...it’s not like there were ever gonna be sequels to hear him back on Dracula, Schindler, Memoirs. 

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2 minutes ago, mrbellamy said:

It’s actually a little overwhelming to remember he’s reworking his whole career with this thing...it’s not like there were ever gonna be sequels to hear him back on Dracula, Schindler, Memoirs. 

 

And freakin' Cinderella Liberty!!! Nobody could have predicted that he would be revisiting Cinderella Liberty in 2019.  Too obscure even for Lockhart!

 

The one I'm most excited to hear is the new Rey's Theme arrangement.  I hope it lives up to my expectations...

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17 minutes ago, Jay said:

Is "Across the Stars" the name of the album, or just the first piece we heard about? 

 

Basically wondering if I should update the thread title. 

 

I think it’s what she’s calling her tour, right? I don’t know if that will extend to the album.

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Yea I liked the Nimbus section of this arrangement too!

And nice discovery that this is a short version, and a part of the full length version is in that promo video.  I can't wait to hear this whole (double?) album!

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54 minutes ago, Jay said:

Is "Across the Stars" the name of the album, or just the first piece we heard about? 

 

It's actually the name of the concert program. The press release doesn't mention any title (or any album for that matter, just "recording project"), so I guess we'll know the actual title on June 14.

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I just bought the single on iTunes and listened to it. I expected nothing less from the Maestro. I am still blown away, though. I cannot wait to here the entire album upon release.

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I like the streamlined orchestration too. I can hear there aren't any trumpets, but I'm pretty sure there aren't any tubas or trombones as well. Only french horns.

 

It gives the piece a nice, special touch.

 

EDIT: no wait, I heard the trombones/tubas. Only no trumpets, then?

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4 hours ago, Disco Stu said:

 

They could have done more movies!

 

....i'm so sorry everyone.....

At least you now got it out of your system and we’ll never have to endure it again from one of our forum’s grandees.

 

You got it out of your system, right?? 😬🙏🏻

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This is a bit like the Cinema Serenade album, except it only has JW music. Listening to Far and Away on that album now

 

but Hedwig's Theme is more classical sounding, maybe he's trying to please the classical elitists

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Lovely arrangement indeed! Much better than the Across the Stars arrangement, if I might add. It looks like Williams is writing a series of violin caprices with all his film material. Couldn't think a finer retrospective on one's career. Officially super stoked for this album!

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On 5/10/2019 at 6:01 PM, Disco Stu said:

 

And freakin' Cinderella Liberty!!! Nobody could have predicted that he would be revisiting Cinderella Liberty in 2019.  Too obscure even for Lockhart!

 

 

 

Actually, Nice to be Around is one of the most often recorded Williams songs. Just not by classical oriented musicians.

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Maybe in jazz circles. Toots Thielemans did re-record it, after performing it on the soundtrack.

56 minutes ago, Disco Stu said:

 

But how often in the last 35 years?

 

On my personal collection I have 12 re-recordings of the song. There might be more.

EDIT: After all they are 20. Wasn't counting the ones I got as digital-only purchases.

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