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John Williams: Summon the Heroes
     

John Williams: Summon the Heroes

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by John Williams [composer]
 

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The spectacle that is the Olympics owes much to its music. Somehow, a long, drawn-out series of sweaty struggles achieves heroic proportions, grandeur even, when accompanied by the sort of rousing movie music of which John Williams is the unquestioned maestro. Here, with the orchestra he led for years, Williams conducts compositions of

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The spectacle that is the Olympics owes much to its music. Somehow, a long, drawn-out series of sweaty struggles achieves heroic proportions, grandeur even, when accompanied by the sort of rousing movie music of which John Williams is the unquestioned maestro. Here, with the orchestra he led for years, Williams conducts compositions of his own that were commissioned for the Olympics of 1984, 1988, and 1996, as well as works written for earlier Olympic Games by Leonard Bernstein (1981), Josef Suk (1932), Mikis Theodorakis (1992), and Michael Torke (1996). Also included are other pieces with Olympic associations: Shostakovich's Festival Overture (Moscow, 1980) and Vangelis's Chariots of Fire (Sarajevo, 1984), with some of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana and Miklós Rózsa's "Parade of the Charioteers" from Ben Hur thrown in for fun. As we experience the excitement of the opening ceremonies -- the torch lighting, the parade of athletes from all nations -- the boom of kettledrums and the lonely individual trumpet solo help to make our Olympic experience greater than the sum of its televised parts. But then, there's also nothing to stop you from taking Summon the Heroes to the gym and letting it accompany you as you ride that exercise bike to glory.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/29/2000
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998943421
catalogNumber:
89434
Rank:
13498

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Performance Credits

John Williams [composer]   Primary Artist,Conductor
Boston Pops Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Randy Kerber   Synthesizer
Tanglewood Festival Chorus   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Performing Ensemble,Track Performer

Technical Credits

Mikis Theodorakis   Text
Dimitra Manda   Text
Shawn Murphy   Producer,Engineer
Thomas Pasatieri   Arranger
Randol Alan Bass   Arranger
Jackson Braider   Liner Notes
Roxanne Slimak   Artwork,Art Direction
Laraine Perri   Executive Producer
John Oliver   Director
Gunter Kunert   Text

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