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The Music of John Williams: 40 Years of Film Music
John [Film Composer] Williams, Mario Klemens, Paul Bateman
The Music of John Williams: 40 Years of Film Music
Genres: World Music, Pop, Soundtracks
  •  Track Listings (10) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (10) - Disc #2
  •  Track Listings (13) - Disc #3
  •  Track Listings (12) - Disc #4


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All Artists: John [Film Composer] Williams, Mario Klemens, Paul Bateman, Nic Raine, City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Jaroslav Klepac, Charlotte Kinder
Title: The Music of John Williams: 40 Years of Film Music
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Silva America
Release Date: 10/7/2003
Album Type: Box set, Soundtrack
Genres: World Music, Pop, Soundtracks
Styles: Europe, Eastern Europe, Easy Listening
Number of Discs: 4
SwapaCD Credits: 4
UPC: 738572081027

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Can't compare to the originals
John M. Reiner | Chicago, IL | 03/14/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)

"While this 4-CD set does offer one of the most comprehensive collections of film music by the 20th century's greatest composer, I was very disappointed that they didn't have Williams himself conduct, or use original tracks from the movie scores. [...]"
Very disappointing
JWfan42 | Columbus, OH USA | 09/26/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)

"While I'm as big a fan of John Williams' music as anyone, I was *highly* disappointed by this collection for one simple fact--the quality of the orchestra playing his scores here is simply appalling. For those used to hearing Mr. Williams' music being played by only the finest of ensembles, this recording will be an extreme let-down. I was especially looking forward to this recording for its concert arrangements of songs such as "Flag Parade" that are unavailable elsewhere ... but I can't even bring myself to listen to it, the musicianship is so poor. My advice: skip this over-priced, substandard recording and stick with the original, official soundtracks."
"John Williams still riding high after 40 years ~ GREAT!"
J. Lovins | Missouri-USA | 10/11/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Much like the John Barry Collection, this latest release from Silva America "The Music of John Williams:40 Years of Film Music", a four compact disc collection is also worth their weight in GOLD! Williams creates visual moods for each film he scores ~ strings, brass and lush-velvet arrangements overlay each cue in his distinctive style. Williams musical movements fit the story and must resolve rather quickly as each cue of the film passes quickly, as in Harry Potter and Star Wars. John has the ability to emphasis music in a similar fashion to Holst. Williams use of strings sets the mood and has the ability to make the whole scene come together.John Williams compilation traces 40 years of film music, featuring "The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra" ~ conducted by Paul Bateman, Nic Raine and Mario Klemens (outstanding) ~ "Crouch End Festival Chorus" ~ David Temple (choir master) ~ perform 45 selections ~ 36 blockbuster films ~ most complete collection of Williams compositions ever assembled ~ over four hours of symphonic suites with full orchestra all individually wrapped-up into one neat package ~ Silva's collection covers all his major works and some lesser known but memorable cues ~ just the way "film-score-buffs" like 'em!Take a bow Silva America, James Fitzpatrick (producer), Reynold da Silva (executive producer), Rick Clark (associate producer/compilation mastering) and of course the one and only legendary composer of the millennium ~ Mr. John Williams!Total Time: 4-CD-Set ~ Silva America 810 ~ (10/07/2003)"