A Celebration

A Celebration

by John Williams [composer]


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A Celebration

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/21/2012
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028947835905
catalogNumber: 001649302
Rank: 73228

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Williams [composer]   Primary Artist,Conductor
Boston Pops Orchestra   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Eric Coates   Composer
Andrew Lloyd 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
John 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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