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NBC Presents Summon The Heroes / Williams, Boston Pops


Release Date: 08/29/2000 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 89434   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John T. WilliamsCarl OrffLeo ArnaudMikis Theodorakis,   ... 
Conductor:  John T. Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston PopsTanglewood Festival Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

SUMMON THE HEROES is a recording for the spirit of the Olympics in the form of music. This is the essence of athletics inspiring and being inspired by many composers in the 20th century. 'Summon the Heroes' is the title track composed by John Williams, who has a flair for investing this genre of regal and heroic music with an honesty comparable only to John Phillip Sousa. It is a fine work, energetic and antiphonal, a terrific lead-in to the whole disc. "Ode to Zeus" from 'Canto Olympico' in one of several unexpected works here. It is primal, and with the use of modality evokes early Athens and the original Olympic spirit. Another surprise is Bernstein's 'Olympic Hymn,' also a choral work and a strong piece of pure music, lesser-known Read more because of its specificity. Favorites like the CHARIOTS OF FIRE theme and "O Fortuna" from 'Carmina Burana' round out this fiery and vivacious recording, well appropriate for the first Olympic year of the new millennium. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Summon the Heroes by John T. Williams
Conductor:  John T. Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 6 Minutes 17 Secs. 
2. Carmina burana: no 1, O fortuna by Carl Orff
Conductor:  John T. Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tanglewood Festival Chorus,  Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
3. Charge!: Bugler's dream "Olympic Theme" by Leo Arnaud
Conductor:  John T. Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with 'Olympic Fanfare and Theme' by John Williams. 
4. Olympic Fanfare and Theme by John T. Williams
Conductor:  John T. Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with 'Charge!: Bugler's dream'
by Leo Arnaud. 
5. Canto Olympico: Ode to Zeus by Mikis Theodorakis
Conductor:  John T. Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tanglewood Festival Chorus,  Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1992 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
6. Javelin by Michael Torke
Conductor:  John T. Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 8 Minutes 53 Secs. 
7. Olympic Hymn by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  John T. Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tanglewood Festival Chorus,  Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 5 Minutes 22 Secs. 
8. Festive Overture, Op. 96 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  John T. Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USSR 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 6 Minutes 19 Secs. 
9. 1492 - Conquest of Paradise: Main Theme by Vangelis
Conductor:  John T. Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tanglewood Festival Chorus,  Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
10. Ben Hur: Parade of the charioteers by Miklós Rózsa
Conductor:  John T. Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
11. Towards a new life, Op. 35c by Josef Suk
Conductor:  John T. Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919-1920; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 5 Minutes 54 Secs. 
12. Chariots of fire: Theme by Vangelis
Conductor:  John T. Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Thomas Pasatieri 
13. The Olympic Spirit by John T. Williams
Conductor:  John T. Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 4 Minutes 6 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Summon the Heroes (for Tim Morrison)
O Fortuna from Carmina Burana (Vocal)
Bugler's Dream and Olympic Fanfare Medley
Ode to Zeus from Canto Olympico (Instrumental)
Javelin
Olympic Hymn (Instrumental)
Festive Overture, Op.96 (Instrumental)
Conquest of Paradise (Theme) (Instrumental)
Parade of Charioteers from Ben Hur (Instrumental)
Toward a New Life (Instrumental)
Chariots of Fire (Theme) (Instrumental)
The Olympic Spirit

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Olympian Melodies August 28, 2012 By William Stribling (New York, NY) See All My Reviews "Wonderful collection of pagentry level background music for big events, Olympics included. John Williams and the Boston Pops offer great pleasure. Williams' own Summon the Heros opens the set, a beautiful delight as is Leo Arnaud's Bugler's Dream from the 1930's. Shostakovich's Festive Overture particularly caught my ear. I've always loved Vangelis' Chariots of Fire, richly delivered here." Report Abuse
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