A John Williams Celebration – Blu-ray Edition

a john williams celebrationThis man is from a time when television and movie theme songs actually meant something. They were important in regards to the overall theme of the film/movie and contributed to them. Recognizable and well-constructed. And John Williams was one of the best composers of film and television theme songs. This well-deserved night features many who appreciate the talents of John Williams coming together and celebrating him and his music.

Williams started off his career in Hollywood doing television themes for shows like Lost in Space, Land of the Giants and Kraft Suspense Theater. Because of his talent and success the film industry began to sit up and take notice. He began working on scores for smaller films like Fitzwilly and then because he did so well he moved on to bigger pictures like Fiddler on the Roof and Goodbye, Mr. Chips. Then he moved up to another level with films like Jaws and Star Wars. With films like this Williams moved into the upper echelons of composers in Hollywood.

After working together in the past the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra decided to kick off their 2014-15 season with a tribute to John Williams. The evening features a selection of Williams’ music. Other musical bodies or acts like the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets and premiere violinist Itzhak Perlman. We get to experience pieces of music from films like Catch Me If You Can, Schindler’s List, Amistad, the Olympic Fanfare and Theme as well as the above mentioned film.

The clearness and accuracy of the sound is what makes this a worthwhile watch and purchase. Most impressive is the sparkling sound that comes from Perlman’s violin.

Special Features: Conversations: Gustavo Dudamel and John Williams and Itzhak Perlman

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