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John Williams, Steven Spielberg - Ultimate Collection / synchtones review

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Sony Classical have released this mammoth compilation of music by John Williams for the films of Steven Spielberg. It continues three CDs and a bonus DVD, which features the documentary Steven Spielberg & John Williams: The Adventure Continues by film-maker and -historian Laurent Bouzereau. For this review the DVD was unavailable, so I can only comment on the three audio discs. Two of those discs are reissues, really: The Spielberg/Williams Collaboration (1991) and Williams on Williams: The Classic Spielberg Scores (1995). The third discs was recorded in 2016 with Williams conducting the Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles.

"I was very happy with the fact that when I was music director of Boston Pops, we were able to record a lot of the music that I'd written for Steven's films," Williams said about the first two discs in the collection. "So I said to him, ‘Steven, wouldn't it be great if we could complete the Sony collection and put in all the things that we didn't have when the last disc was recorded, this time with our great orchestra here in Los Angeles?' To which Steven responded, ‘This is a great idea. Let's do it!'"