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The force is with John Williams on new 20 CD set / The Daily Mail

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When Arthur Fiedler died in 1979 after almost 50 years at the helm of the legendary Boston Pops, the board had the inspired idea of asking John Williams to replace him.  Inspired because it wasn't at all obvious. Williams may have been, even then, a renowned film composer, but his conducting activities had been largely confined to Hollywood sound stages. Large public concerts were something entirely new to him. But in 14 seasons with the Pops, he not only survived, he flourished. And the fruits of his labours can be found on this 20-CD Sony set, recorded mainly in the Nineties, and in excellent sound.

Hollywood's Mr Music - and the fruits of his labours can be found on this excellent 20-CD Sony set. Featuring a dozen albums from the Pops, the rest come from elsewhere, with three of the finest offerings featuring the London Symphony Orchestra. The LSO's Hollywood Sound album, comprising juicy extracts from Oscar-winning scores, is one of the best of the bunch. Here, and elsewhere, Williams shows his mastery of other people's music, as well as his own – something he learned from his time with the Pops.

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