The Music of John Williams: 40 Years of Film Music

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2003
  • Label: Silva America
  • UPC: 738572081027
  • Catalog Number: 810
  • Sales rank: 97,959

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
Rick Clark Mastering
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
Gareth Williams Mastering
John Williams Arranger, Orchestration
Mark McGurty Arranger, Orchestration
Mike Townend Arranger, Orchestration
Paul Bateman Arranger, Orchestration
Al 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic

    WOW!!! From one of the greatest composers of all time, comes the greatest classical compilation. John Williams is great! P.S. GO SOUNDWAVE!!!!!!!!

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