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Celebrating John Williams
Source: DG
18/03/2019

 

Set for release on March 15, 2019, is a double album featuring some of the best-known works of John Williams, the foremost composer in the film world today. In late January 2019, Gustavo Dudamel conducted four “Celebrating John Williams” concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall, presenting a selection of unforgettable themes from the much-loved scores for films such as Star WarsJurassic ParkHarry Potter, and Indiana Jones. “What an honor to collaborate with my friend and mentor John Williams,” said Dudamel. “His compositions are iconic, his talent is legendary, and his artistic generosity is heartwarming.” Reviewing the January 24 event, the Los Angeles Times not only called the playing “spectacular,” but emphasized Dudamel’s ability to bring out a unique “sonic grandeur” in these well-known works, and to convey Williams’ “magical sense of writing music that sends a message – a message of hope and glory and wonder and joy.” All in all, what he and the LA Phil produced on the night was, according to the same review, “unlike any Williams music … heard before.” “Celebrating John Williams” is now available for download and streaming, with the CD release to follow on 29 March.
 
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