Music of John Williams: 40 Years of Film Music

The Music of John Williams: 40 Years of Film Music

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by City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Reynold da Silva's Silva Screen Records (of which Prime Time is an imprint) has devoted itself to new recordings of film music (usually, as here, performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra), and its box set The Music of John


Reynold da Silva's Silva Screen Records (of which Prime Time is an imprint) has devoted itself to new recordings of film music (usually, as here, performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra), and its box set The Music of John Williams: 40 Years of Film Music, filling four CDs and running over three hours and 45 minutes, is one of its most ambitious efforts. That's appropriate for Williams, both because he is the most successful film composer of the 40-year period beginning in the early '60s and because his music is produced on such a large scale. Since the '70s, Williams has been associated with directors Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, and he has matched their blockbuster films with his large-scale scores, producing some of the most memorable themes of the era, including instantly recognizable music from Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and the Star Wars and Indiana Jones series. Spielberg and Lucas have often attempted to evoke the styles of the old serials of the '40s, such as Flash Gordon, but on an epic scale, and Williams has done much the same thing with his music, which owes little or nothing to the more jazz- and rock-influenced film composers of the '50s and '60s, and everything to the film composers of an earlier generation, such as Franz Waxman and Victor Young, with its sweeping orchestral statements, martial rhythms, and grandly ornamented melodies. Yet, like the directors, Williams does it all with a slight wink to the audience. This collection doesn't restrict itself to Williams' best-known work, but it does demonstrate that even in his lesser-known pieces, his style is often much the same. The overture from The Cowboys, for example, while employing some standard Western elements familiar from Hollywood movies of decades before, also has a hint of Star Wars. Even when he is scoring a more downbeat film like Born on the Fourth of July, Williams can't seem to help writing his usual uplifting music. Despite its length, this collection can't do more than offer excerpts of Williams' extensive work, but the sampling is representative, and the best of the composer's familiar themes is included.

Product Details

Release Date:
Silva America


Disc 1

  1. Main Theme
  2. Main Theme
  3. Suite
  4. March
  5. The Map Room / Dawn
  6. Adventures on Earth
  7. Mine Car Chase
  8. End Credits
  9. Exsultate Justi
  10. Indy's First Adventure

Disc 2

  1. End Credits
  2. Follow Me / Dorinda's Solo Flight
  3. Main Themes
  4. Main Themes
  5. Main Theme
  6. Dry Your Tears Afrika
  7. Hymn to the Fallen
  8. Where Dreams are Made
  9. Main Theme
  10. Main Theme

Disc 3

  1. Suite (Universal Emblem / Hilary's Plight / Scottish Romeo / The Hunt)
  2. Suite. The Jane Eyre Theme
  3. Suite. To Thornfield
  4. Suite. Restoration
  5. Overture
  6. Prelude
  7. Main Titles
  8. End Titles
  9. Main Titles
  10. Main Theme
  11. Main Titles & Storm
  12. Main Theme & Love Theme
  13. Dance of the Witches

Disc 4

  1. End Credits
  2. End Titles
  3. Arlington / End Titles
  4. Hedwig's Theme
  5. Fawkes the Phoenix
  6. Main Themes
  7. Han Solo & the Princess
  8. The Imperial March
  9. Anakin's Theme
  10. The Flag Parade
  11. Across the Stars
  12. Duel of the Fates

Album Credits

Performance Credits

City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra   Primary Artist,Performing Ensemble
Nic Raine   Conductor
Paul Bateman   Conductor
Steve Lockwood   Harmonica
David Temple   Choir Master
Crouch End Festival Chorus   Choir, Chorus
Charlotte Kinder   Vocals,Soprano (Vocal),Soloist
Mario Klemens   Conductor,Choir Master
Jaroslav Klepac   Piano,Celeste
City of Prague Philharmonic Chorus   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

John Neufeld   Arranger,Orchestration
Nic Raine   Arranger,Orchestration
Mike Ross-Trevor   Engineer
Peter Smith   Arranger,Orchestration
Hubert Spencer   Arranger,Orchestration
John Luard Timperley   Engineer
Eric Tomlinson   Engineer
John Williams   Arranger,Orchestration
Mark McGurty   Arranger,Orchestration
Mike Townend   Arranger,Orchestration
Paul Bateman   Arranger,Orchestration
Woodbury   Arranger,Orchestration
Lawrence Dominello   Arranger,Orchestration
Richard Franklin   Arranger,Orchestration
Crouch End Festival Chorus   Choir Advisor
John "Buddy" Williams   Orchestration
James Fitzpatrick   Producer
Jan Holzner   Engineer
Sean Mowle   Art Direction
Christopher Tin   Arranger,Orchestration
Adam Saunders   Arranger,Orchestration
Reynold da Silva   Executive Producer
City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra   Contributor

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Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW!!! From one of the greatest composers of all time, comes the greatest classical compilation. John Williams is great! P.S. GO SOUNDWAVE!!!!!!!!