John Williams: Summon the Heroes

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Barnes & Noble - Emily King
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...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Emily King
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/2000
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998943421
  • Catalog Number: 89434
  • Sales rank: 17,000

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Summon the Heroes, for orchestra - Boston Pops Orchestra (6:17)
  2. 2 Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi, No 1: O Fortuna - Tanglewood Festival Chorus (2:39)
  3. 3 Olympic Fanfare and Theme, for orchestra - Boston Pops Orchestra (4:31)
  4. 4 Ode To Zeus - Tanglewood Festival Chorus (3:42)
  5. 5 Javelin, overture for orchestra - Boston Pops Orchestra (8:53)
  6. 6 Olympic Hymn, for chorus & orchestra (withdrawn) - Tanglewood Festival Chorus (5:22)
  7. 7 Festive Overture, for orchestra in A major, Op. 96 - Boston Pops Orchestra (6:19)
  8. 8 Theme - Tanglewood Festival Chorus (3:38)
  9. 9 Parade of the Charioteers (from Ben-Hur) - Boston Pops Orchestra (3:49)
  10. 10 Towards a New Life, festive Sokol march for orchestra, Op. 35c - Boston Pops Orchestra (5:54)
  11. 11 Theme - Boston Pops Orchestra (3:38)
  12. 12 Olympic Spirit, for orchestra - Boston Pops Orchestra (4:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Williams [composer] Primary Artist, Conductor
Boston Pops Orchestra Indexed Contributor, 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    John Williams and the Boston Pops do it again. Whenever they com

    John Williams and the Boston Pops do it again. Whenever they come together, the greatest music comes together. Their performance is great and breathe taking. Anyone who loves John Williams, the Boston Pops, or the Olympics will love this CD

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Inspirtational Theme Music Sets Mood for Watching Olympic Games

    Boston Pops Orchestra soars. Mixture of various time pieces and themed music works to set mood for televison spectators' celebration of Olympic Games. Confusion as to which musical pieces have been used by NBC coverage in televising past and current Olympics, and which pieces were incorporated just to fill out the album. However, all songs come together to make one inspirational and moving album.

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