John Williams & The Boston Pops - A Celebration

Release Date: 2/21/2012
Label: Decca
Catalog Number: B001649302
Conductor: John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Pops
Number of Discs: 2

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
The combination of John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra is a winner!

Released to mark the 80th birthday of this much-lauded American composer, conductor and pianist who celebrates his 80th birthday on 8 February 2012.

This 2-CD compilation presents almost 2 and a 1/2 hours of memorable tunes in magnificent arrangements performed with tremendous verve and panache by this incomparable combination. Derived from the many albums recorded for Philips the first CD is devoted chiefly to music from famous films and includes several numbers by Williams himself - and what is more arresting and has achieved greater global fame than the main theme from Star Wars which opens the disc? CD 2 is devoted mainly to overtures and popular numbers from shows and opens with one of the most effervescent overtures ever written - the overture to Bernstein's Candide.

Even if you may think you don't know a piece by its title every track in this program is instantly recognizable so sit back and enjoy!
Works on This Recording
1. Star Wars, Episode 4 - A New Hope: Main Theme by John Williams
Conductor: John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1977 ; USA
2. Star Wars, Episode 4 - A New Hope: Princess Leia's Theme by John Williams
Conductor: John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1977 ; USA
3. E.T.: Flying Theme by John Williams
Conductor: John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1982 ; USA
4. Superman: March by John Williams
Conductor: John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1978 ; USA
5. Superman: Love Theme by John Williams
Conductor: John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1978 ; USA
6. Raiders of the Lost Ark: March by John Williams
Conductor: John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1981 ; USA
7. Chariots of fire: Theme by Vangelis
Conductor: John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1981 ;
8. Gone With the Wind: Tara's Theme by Max Steiner
Conductor: John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1939 ; USA
9. A Summer Place: Theme by Max Steiner
Conductor: John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1959 ; USA
10. Pink Panther: Theme by Henry Mancini
Conductor: John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1964 ; USA
11. Never on Sunday: Never on Sunday by Manos Hadjidakis
Conductor: John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1960 ;
12. Meet Me in St. Louis: The Trolley Song by Hugh Martin
Conductor: John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1944 ; USA
13. Singin' in the Rain: Main Theme by Nacio Herb Brown
Conductor: John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1929 ; USA
14. Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Suite by John Williams
Conductor: John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1977 ; USA
15. Candide: Overture by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor: John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1956 ; USA
16. New York, New York: Main Theme by John Kander
Conductor: John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1977 ; USA
17. A Little Night Music: Send in the Clowns by Stephen Sondheim
Conductor: John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1973 ; USA
18. Annie Get Your Gun: There's no business like show business by Irving Berlin
Conductor: John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1946 ; USA
19. Sleepy Lagoon by Eric Coates
Conductor: John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1942 ; England
20. Moonlight Serenade by Glenn Miller
Conductor: John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1939 ; USA
21. Satin Doll by Billy Strayhorn
Conductor: John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1958 ; New York, USA
22. In the Mood by Joe Garland
Conductor: John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1939 ;
23. Sing, Sing, Sing by Louis Prima
Conductor: John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1936 ; USA
24. Chorus Line: Overture by Marvin Hamlisch
Conductor: John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century
25. The Music Man: Seventy-Six Trombones by Meredith Willson
Conductor: John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; USA
26. Unchained Melody by Alex North
Conductor: John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1955 ; USA
27. A Little Night Music: Night Waltzes by Stephen Sondheim
Conductor: John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century
28. Gigi: The Night They Invented Champagne by Frederick Loewe
Conductor: John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1958 ; USA
29. Gigi: Gigi by Frederick Loewe
Conductor: John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1958 ; USA
30. Gigi: Chez Maxim Waltz by Frederick Loewe
Conductor: John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1958 ; USA
31. Gigi: I'm so glad I'm not young anymore by Frederick Loewe
Conductor: John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1958 ; USA
32. Gigi: The Parisians by Frederick Loewe
Conductor: John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1958 ; USA
33. Gigi: Say a Prayer for Me Tonight by Frederick Loewe
Conductor: John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1958 ; USA
34. Gigi: Thank Heaven for Little Girls by Frederick Loewe
Conductor: John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1958 ; USA
35. On the Town: Lonely town by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor: John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1944 ; USA
36. West Side Story: America by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor: John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; USA
37. Cats: Memory by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Conductor: John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1981 ; England
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