New album celebrates composer John Williams’ 90th birthday

Today 90and Legendary film score composer John Williams’ birthday is celebrated with the release of a new album, John Williams – The Berlin Concert.

The album, from Deutsche Grammophon, captures live a series of sold-out concerts last October where Williams conducted the Berlin Philharmoniker, one of the world’s greatest orchestras, for the first time.

The album includes beloved hits such as “Superman March”, the theme from jurassic parkexcerpts from Dating of the Third Kind and the star wars, Harry Potter and IndianaJones movies. There are also works, such as the Suite de Far and the moving Élégie for cello and orchestra, perhaps less familiar but no less brilliant.

“For any musician to stand in front of this orchestra and be here with you for these few moments is truly a great honor and a privilege,” Williams told the musicians before giving the first downbeat. The feeling was clearly mutual.

Released digitally and on two CDs, John Williams – The Berlin Concert is also available in a limited deluxe edition (two CDs + two Blu-ray discs), including a 5.1 Surround version and a Dolby Atmos mix. Dolby Atmos – in video and audio only – delivers the experience of multi-dimensional sound with incredible clarity and detail that lets listeners hear details they’ve never heard before. A limited 7-inch gold vinyl record featuring “Superman March” and “Harry’s Wondrous World” by Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is also available exclusively direct-to-consumer, while a limited 180g (two LP) vinyl edition of the album will be released on April 29, with an exclusive gold vinyl direct-to-consumer version released the same day.

This new recording continues DG’s celebration of Williams’ work. The record of the label John Williams in Vienna established itself as the best-selling symphonic recording of 2020.

For more than half a century, Williams has shaped the history and sound of film music, its instantly memorable themes and consummate orchestrations adorning some of the best films of modern times. His extensive catalog also includes other symphonic and chamber works, as well as innovative adaptations of his own cinematic themes.

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