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A John Williams Celebration / Perlman, Dudamel, LA [Blu-ray]

Dudamel,Gustavo / La Philharmonic
Release Date: 06/30/2015 
Label:  C Major   Catalog #: 730404  
Composer:  John WilliamsJohn WilliamsJerry Bock
Performer:  Itzhak Perlman
Conductor:  Gustavo DudamelJohn Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 43 Mins. 

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John Williams is one of the greatest film composers of all time by any objective standard; his 49 Academy Award nominations are second only to Walt Disney himself. Williams and Walt Disney Concert Hall have gone together since the beginning. He opened the third inaugural gala, Soundstage L.A., in 2003 with the world premiere of his Soundings, a piece that has also provided the carillon lobby chimes that announce the end of intermission.

For the 2014-15 Opening Night Concert and Gala, the Los Angeles Philharmonic paid loving tribute to the composer, long a champion and close friend of the LA Phil. Gustavo Dudamel, an awestruck fan of
Read more the musical icon, led the orchestra in a cross-section of Maestro Williams’s matchless canon.

A JOHN WILLIAMS CELEBRATION featuring works from:
Olympic Fanfare and Theme
Schindler’s List
Fiddler on the Roof
Soundings
Catch Me If You Can
Star Wars
Amistad
Jaws
The Empire Strikes Back

Itzhak Perlman, violin
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Recorded at Walt Disney Concert Hall, USA, 2014

Bonus: Interviews with John Williams, Gustavo Dudamel, and Itzhak Perlman

Running time: 85 mins (concert) + 18 mins (bonus)

Subtitles: German, French, Spanish, Korean
Booklet: English, German, French
Picture: 16:9, HD
Audio: PCM Stereo, PCM 5.1
Region Code: ABC (worldwide) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Olympic Fanfare and Theme by John Williams
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 
2.
Schindler's List: Excerpt(s) by John Williams
Performer:  Itzhak Perlman (Violin)
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; USA 
3.
Cadenza and Variations by John Williams
Performer:  Itzhak Perlman (Violin)
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
4.
Soundings by John Williams
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
5.
Catch Me If You Can: Excerpt(s) by John Williams
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
6.
Star Wars: Excerpt(s) by John Williams
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977; USA 
7.
Amistad: Excerpt(s) by John Williams
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
8.
Jaws: Excerpt(s) by John Williams
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
9.
Star Wars, Episode 5 - The Empire Strikes Back: Excerpt(s) by John Williams
Conductor:  John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Amazing concert from start to finish! August 18, 2016 By Warren Harris See All My Reviews "Well, right off the bat with Gustavo Dudamel and Itzhak Perlman on the bill, expectations are great. And greatness is indeed what is delivered here, as Mr. Dudamel is (as usual) so insanely in touch with the music that everything seems natural and just feels right. The program itself starts with the Olympic Fanfare and Theme, the commissioned piece Soundings, three works from Schindler’s List (featuring Mr. Perlman – this section is just amazing), a Cadenza and Variations from Fiddler on the Roof (delightful work from Mr. Perlman here too), three short works from Catch Me If You Can (Closing In, Reflections, and Joy Ride), and the Throne Room and Finale from Star Wars. There are, of course, encores, and the first is “Dry your tears, Africa” from Amistad featuring the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus. This piece is *amazing* on the DVD, and the harmonies are just unbelievably beautiful. This track is worth the price of the DVD by itself – it is stunning. This is followed by an excerpt from Jaws. Closing out the performance is John Williams himself being brought on stage to conduct the Imperial March from “The Empire Strikes Back”, and it is a real treat to watch Mr. Williams bring this work to life. The DVD contains two bonus tracks – an interview with John Williams and Gustavo Dudamel, and an Interview with Itzhak Perlman. Both segments are interesting and warm, giving further insight into the compositional evolution of Mr. Williams and the musical material as well. Needless to say, the Blu-Ray medium makes this experience all the more special. The audio quality is excellent, and the video footage is crisp and spectacular. I can’t say enough about the quality of the music making by the Los Angeles Philharmonic – they all play their hearts out, and the results are just unbelievable. This is a truly wonderful production from C-major, and is well worth owning if John Williams’ music is special to you. Very highly recommended!" Report Abuse
 A brilliant gala for a brilliant composer July 24, 2015 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "When Gustavo Dudamel takes the microphone towards the end of this LA Philharmonic concert at the Disney Concert Hall, his tribute to John Williams as one of the top 20th century composers seemed to ring true with the audience, as I’m sure it will to many watching this Blu Ray at home. The audience is surprisingly enthusiastic, considering the many tuxedoes and designer gowns at this gala concert. Let’s just say this is more a Golden Globes crowd than an Academy Awards one. There’s so much to be enthusiastic about. Soundings, a piece Williams wrote to focus attention on the special qualities and capabilities of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, is a serious and always interesting showpiece for orchestra. The orchestra and Dudamel are definitely up to the task. But it’s two of Williams’ strongest film scores that provide what I feel are the best works in the concert. Three Pieces from Schindler’s List is a short but intense suite for violin and orchestra. Itzhak Perlman plays the beautiful, inventive violin part in a tasteful fashion, never maudlin but with just the tiniest bit of “schmalzig”. This is the way, perhaps, that Fritz Kreisler would have played "Theme", one of the saddest and most beautiful pieces of music ever written. Incidentally, I much prefer this order of the movements, rather than the version sometimes played where “Theme” comes first. I loved the bit of stage business before this piece. Dudamel carries Perlman’s violin as he follows the violinist slowly making his way to the podium on his crutches. When he hands Perlman the violin, he gets a wink, a funny face, and his baton in return. Escapades from Catch Me If You Can, one of Spielburg’s most under-rated films, is a hugely entertaining piece that the otherwise excellent liner notes by Jon Burlingame mis-identifies as “a miniature alto saxophone concerto.” In fact, this is a jazzy miniature concerto for three instruments which deserve equal billing. Billing, I’ve heard, is important in Hollywood! The piece is played here by three expert, charming instrumentalists. They are saxophonist Dan Higgins, vibraphonist Glenn Paulson, and bassist Michael Valerio. This is a piece that deserves to be programmed much more often, though good luck finding three musicians at this level, especially by plucking them out of the orchestra! Spoiler alert: hijinks! Spoilers don’t usually loom large in classical music reviews, but lots of fun happens during the encores. This, and the substantial bonus interviews with Williams, Dudamel and Perlman, are enough on their own to buy this disc. The Blu Ray, with its excellent sound and beautiful HD picture, is very highly recommended." Report Abuse
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