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Celebrating John Williams / Dudamel, Los Angeles Philharmonic


Release Date: 03/29/2019 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 002993902  
Composer:  John WilliamsJohn Williams
Performer:  Simone PorterRobert deMaine
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“Celebrating John Williams” features a tour-de-force live concert of the legendary composers unforgettable movie themes, including Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Jaws and many more. Played by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conducted virtuously by Gustavo Dudamel, who just yesterday received a Star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood complemented with a speech by his friend John Williams.

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REVIEW:

This is a big orchestra for a big occasion and the DG engineers capture and blend it in a natural manner, never missing a detail, as borne out by glittering selections from Harry Potter, which are a joy to hear in these elegant, beautifully shaped performances. Dudamel’s love of the music and
Read more his grip on the form is never in doubt. This is a five-star celebration and a thanksgiving for a composer newly restored to health.

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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.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Suite by John Williams
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 
3.
Jaws: Out to Sea / Shark Cage Fugue by John Williams
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1975; United States 
4.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Hedwig's Theme by John Williams
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2001; United States 
5.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Fawkes the Phoenix by John Williams
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
6.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Harry's Wondrous World by John Williams
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2001; United States 
7.
Schindler's List: Main Theme by John Williams
Performer:  Simone Porter (Violin)
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; United States 
8.
E.T.: Adventures on Earth by John Williams
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982; United States 
9.
Hook: Flight to Neverland by John Williams
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1991; United States 
10.
Jurassic Park: Main Theme by John Williams
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; United States 
11.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: Scherzo for Motorcycle and Orchestra by John Williams
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; United States 
12.
Raiders of the Lost Ark: March by John Williams
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981; United States 
13.
Memoirs of a Geisha: Sayuri's Theme by John Williams
Performer:  Robert deMaine (Cello)
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
14.
Star Wars, Episode 5 - The Empire Strikes Back: The Imperial March by John Williams
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; United States 
15.
Star Wars, Episode 5 - The Empire Strikes Back: Yoda's Theme by John Williams
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; United States 
16.
Star Wars, Episode 4 - A New Hope: The Throne Room by John Williams
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 
17.
Star Wars, Episode 7 - The Force Awakens: Adagio by John Williams
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
18.
Superman March by John Williams
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Dudamel’s loving tribute to the Greatest American April 18, 2020 By Scott Freije (Los Angeles, CA) See All My Reviews "I am pleased to see Dudamel give as much reverence to brilliant orchestral writing found in film music as he does to the legendary works in the classical cannon. Despite John Williams’ worldwide fame for his film music, I don’t think we truly appreciate the high art he has given us and take it for granted. I do not feel it is hyperbole to declare John Williams the greatest American composer ever, better than Copland or Ives, Gershwin or Ellington, Reich or Glass. His melodies are as instantly recognizable as Beethoven’s and as complex and sophisticated as Strauss or Korngold. The LA Philharmonic has this music in their bones, many of them have played with Williams over the years and are on some of the recordings of his film scores. Right from the beginning we know we are in for a treat with the way the brass fanfares are glowingly played and crisply articulated. The sweeping strings, silvery woodwinds, pounding percussion, and full orchestral tuttis are perfectly suited for the sound of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. This is a generous selection of some of Williams’ most famous works, recorded in excellent sound in the famous acoustics of the Walt Disney Concert Hall and given special treatment by a world class orchestra fully committed. Listen to the difference an orchestra and conductor of this caliber makes when performing Williams’ music. This is perhaps best demonstrated in the most recent composition, an adagio from “Star Wars - The Force Awakens”. Dudamel probes the deepest emotions in Williams’ writing, elevating the work to a dramatic dirge worthy of comparison to the profundity of Barber’s “Adagio for Strings”. If forced to pick a favorite Williams score, I would say “E.T.” The “Adventures on Earth” track, is taken from the iconic moment Elliot and E.T. fly backlit by the moon. It is some of Williams’ best writing in his legendary career. Spielberg famously recut this sequence in order to fit better with the music. Listen to 5 and a half minutes in and you’ll hear the LA strings pour their hearts out. It is deeply moving heartbreaking farewell. In moments like this we are reminded that Williams isn’t just a creator of memorable tunes but an artist capable of creating a genuine emotional connection to his listeners. Dudamel loving conducts all of this music with the treatment it deserves. This isn’t a casual night at the Pops or a run through of greatest hits, this is serious music making from the greatest living composer. Over the years, Dudamel and the LA Phil have dedicated several concerts to John Williams’ music in addition to the annual show Williams conducts at the Hollywood Bowl that is always a summer highlight. In concert, Dudamel rightfully praises John Williams as the greatest composer of our time and I couldn’t agree more. I was fortunate to attend this concert when they recorded this and thrilled to be able to listen to it again. If I could change one thing about this recording it would be adding even more tracks. The LA Phil has played selections from “Catch Me if you Can” in previous concerts and it would be great to have that on record too. It has been a pleasure seeing Dudamel grow in Los Angeles and the orchestra grow with him. In the intervening years since the last wave of recordings from this team, their connection has matured into one of the finest collaborations in the world. This is supposed to be one of the first in a new wave of recordings coming from Deutsche Gramophone. Each one will be an event, this recording is one of the very best of the year." Report Abuse
 Fabulous December 21, 2019 By Ian W. (El Paso, TX) See All My Reviews "Enjoyed these two Cds immensely!!" Report Abuse
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