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John Williams

The Berlin Concert w/Berlin Philharmonic

Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: February 4, 2022

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1 Olympic Fanfare and Theme  
2 Excerpts from Close Encounters of the Third Kind  
3 Far and Away Suite  
4 Hedwig's Theme  
5 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: Nimbus 2000  
6 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: Harry's Wondrous World  
7 Theme from "Jurassic Park"  
8 Superman March  
9 Indiana Jones and the last Crusade: Scherzo for Motorcycle and Orchestra  
10 Raiders of the Lost Ark: Marion's Theme  
11 Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Raiders March  
12 Elegy  
13 Solo: A Star Wars Story: The Adventures of Han  
14 Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back: Yoda's Theme  
15 Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope: Throne Room and End Title  
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Two legends shared the stage this autumn – in a glorious debut, John Williams conducted the Berliner Philharmoniker for the very first time. John Williams – The Berlin Concert, captured live by Deutsche Grammophon during a series of sold-out concerts, presents some of the world’s best-known film music performed by one of the world’s greatest orchestras. The DG album is set for release on 4 February 2022, in time for the renowned composer’s 90th birthday just four days later. “John Williams doesn’t need the films, the films need him,” wrote Rolling Stone after the concert, while Berlin’s Der Tagesspiegel summed up the event as simply “one of those great evenings”. Fans can catch a sneak preview of the concert on 2 January 2022, when it will be streamed in full on DG Stage.

This once-in-a-lifetime recording continues DG’s celebration of the work of the multi-award-winning composer. The label’s chart-topping John Williams in Vienna set the mark as the best-selling symphonic recording of 2020. John Williams – The Berlin Concert now complements that programme with a tracklist made up of additional repertoire and familiar favourites.

The album includes some works known to millions worldwide, and others, such as the Suite from Far and Away and the moving Elegy for cello and orchestra, that may be less familiar but are no less brilliant. Maestro Williams briefly introduced many of the pieces, adding to the sense of occasion and expressing his joy at working with the mighty Berliner Philharmoniker. “For any musician to be standing in front of this orchestra, and to be here with you for these few moments, is truly a great honour and a privilege,” he confided to the players before giving the first downbeat. The feeling was clearly mutual.

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