Film music favorites composed by John Williams — Star Wars, Close Encounters, E.T. and more!
The Dallas Winds featuring Jerry Junkin, music director
180-gram 2LP set — half-speed mastered by Paul Stubblebine
Pressed at RTI, housed in a deluxe gatefold jacket
Recording supervised by "Prof." Keith O. Johnson for Reference Recordings
Praise for the Hybrid SACD version of John Williams At The Movies
"There is little doubt that John Williams's stirring and richly melodic scores are well suited to these arrangements for wind band and these marvellous players relish each and every opportunity the composer gives them. The stirring marches and brass fanfares of the 'Star Wars' excerpts have the visceral impact you might expect, but equally impressive are the performances of the more reflective music such as the noble Coplandesque 'Theme from J.F.K.' and 'With Malice Toward None from Lincoln' in which the haunting trumpet solo is is eloquently delivered by Christopher Martin, the Principal Trumpet of the New York Philharmonic. ... A future award winner? Without doubt." — Graham Williams, hraudio.net. Read the whole review here.
"What better way to get started than with the fanfare and theme Williams wrote for the opening ceremony at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984. There's a broad, arresting sense of spectacle, so familiar from his epic movie scores, plus a dash of Copland. As with all composers of quality, Williams knows and draws on the music of his antecedents, yet still manages to find his own, unmistakable ‘voice.' The band respond with startling clarity and noble mien, and the wide, deep soundstage adds to the sense of occasion. The recording, like the performance, is focused on the music, and that's precisely what I've come to expect from (Reference Recordings). ... Quietly sensational; a must for movie fans and audiophiles alike." — Dan Morgan, MusicWeb International
Reference Recordings proudly presents the double 180-gram LP edition of John Williams At The Movies. Film music favorites composed by John Williams, including "Superman," "Star Wars," "J.F.K.," "1941," "Close Encounters," "E.T." and more!
The Hybrid Stereo SACD of this recording was a 2019 Grammy Awards nominee in the categories of Best Engineered Album, Classical and Best Classical Compendium.
John Williams is one of the best known, most awarded and most successful composers in U.S. history, and his name is inextricably connected to outstanding music for films. A lesser-known fact is his fondness for writing, arranging and conducting wind band music. This collection is performed by America's leading professional civilian wind band, the Dallas Winds, and recorded in spectacular audiophile sound by Grammy-winning engineer Keith O. Johnson and Sean Royce Martin.
John Williams has written scores for over 100 films, and his massive list of awards includes 51 Academy Award nominations and five wins, as well as 24 Grammy Awards.