A Celebration

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Celebration, John Williams' 2012 release on Decca, is a double-disc sampler of his recordings from the 1980s with the Boston Pops Orchestra that also serves as a kind of snapshot album of the conductor and composer. The first disc is entirely devoted to film music, and Williams' popular scores are well-represented by excerpts from "Star Wars," "E.T.", "Superman," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." Williams shares the limelight with other prolific film composers, notably Max Steiner and Henry Mancini, and the longest track, "Pops Salutes the Oscars," is an evocative medley of familiar movie themes, including "When You Wish Upon a Star," ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Celebration, John Williams' 2012 release on Decca, is a double-disc sampler of his recordings from the 1980s with the Boston Pops Orchestra that also serves as a kind of snapshot album of the conductor and composer. The first disc is entirely devoted to film music, and Williams' popular scores are well-represented by excerpts from "Star Wars," "E.T.", "Superman," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." Williams shares the limelight with other prolific film composers, notably Max Steiner and Henry Mancini, and the longest track, "Pops Salutes the Oscars," is an evocative medley of familiar movie themes, including "When You Wish Upon a Star," "Moon River," "The Way We Were," and "The Shadow of Your Smile." For the second CD, Williams turns to the orchestra's repertoire of Broadway hits that have enlivened pops concerts for years. Overtures from "Candide" and "A Chorus Line" frame a series of arrangements of songs from musicals and the swing era, such as "Send in the Clowns," "Memory," and "There's No Business Like Show Business," while the closing "America Medley" by Leonard Bernstein draws on the musicals "On the Town" and "West Side Story." Fans of Williams and the Boston Pops will already know their exuberant playing and entertaining programming, and newcomers will find this package to be a fun introduction.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/21/2012
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947835905
  • Catalog Number: 001649302
  • Sales rank: 15,707

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Williams [composer] Primary Artist, Conductor
Boston Pops Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Composer
Eric Coates Composer
A. L. Webber Composer
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Henry Mancini Composer, Original Material
Irving Berlin Composer
Louis Prima Composer
Ralph Burns Arranger
John Williams [composer] Composer
Burt Bacharach Original Material
Richard Hayman Arranger
Marvin Hamlisch Composer, Original Material
Kander Composer
Nacio Herb Brown Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Leigh Harline Original Material
Lee Holdridge Arranger
Eric Knight Arranger
Johnny Mandel Original Material
Glenn Miller Composer
Alex North Composer
Vangelis Composer
Max Steiner Composer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Jonathan Tunick Arranger
James Van Heusen Original Material
Meredith Willson Composer
Manos Hadjidakis Composer
Angela Morley Arranger
Frederick Loewe Composer
Ralph Blane Composer
Jeremy Tilston Art Direction
Morton Stevens Composer
Warwick Thompson Liner Notes
Joseph C. Garland Composer
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