Silva Screen Records presents the most comprehensive collection of Music to mark the 80th birthday of John Williams, the 5 time Oscar and 18 time Grammy award-winning world's No.1 Film Composer. This unique collection includes: 6 Compact Disc box set - 88 tracks and 7 hours of music. In the history of film music over the last six decades one name stands supreme as the most prolific and celebrated composer working in cinema today - John Williams His astounding collection of awards remains unrivalled including 47 Oscar nominations (five wins) surpassed only by Walt Disney. Add to that four Golden Globes, seven BAFTAS and twenty-one Grammys. His themes have become part of the fabric of the history of cinema, part of a cavalcade of blockbusters that include the Star Wars saga, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, Jaws, Superman and many, many, more that are all included on this superb collection. The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra pay tribute over this six CD set that defines his monumental career. With 88 tracks and over seven hours of music this release is the ultimate collection of this outstanding composer who celebrated his 80th birthday on February 8th this year and has now observed a 40 year screen partnership with Steven Spielberg. (amazon).
John Williams composed The Five Sacred Trees for Judith LeClair, the principal bassoonist of the New York Philharmonic in 1995, to honor the orchestra's 150th anniversary. The first performance was given by LeClair and the New York Philharmonic under Kurt Masur on April 12 of that year. The orchestra consists of three flutes and piccolo, two oboes and English horn, two clarinets and bass clarinet, two bassoons and contrabassoon, four horns, three trumpets, three trombones and tuba, timpani, harp, piano, celesta, and strings. Performance time is approximately 26 minutes. Inspiration for the work also comes from the writings of British poet and novelist Robert Graves.
The new box contains no fewer than three different Williams recordings of that most popular of all guitar works, Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez – from 1964 with the Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, from 1974 with Barenboim and the English Chamber Orchestra, and from 1983 with Frémaux and the Philharmonia Orchestra – plus a performance of its much-loved Adagio in Williams’s celebrated 1993 “Seville Concert”.
Music both old and new, but all of it inspired by the timeless modal harmony of medieval and Mediterranean cultures: this is the subject of John Williams's brilliant guitar disc for Sony, which also features his debut as a composer. The main work is his own "Aeolian Suite" for guitar and chamber orchestra, based on both original and 14th-century tunes (one of which, the "Saltarello," appeared on early-music pioneer David Munrow's disc called Instruments of the Middle Ages). The suite is a lovely piece of writing, deftly composed, and neither tacky nor pretentious. It's paired with an inspired assortment of spiritually related but diverse arrangements and original pieces by Satie, Theodorakis, Domeniconi, and an emotionally intense four-movement work called "Stélé," by Australian composer Phillip Houghton. Naturally, Williams performs each piece expertly, but most important, he makes his instrument sing, and that's just what the music demands. Simply super.