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 Posted:   Oct 4, 2013 - 12:17 AM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

Holy cow looks like I picked the right time to sneak back. Another get together, this time European-style. Aces!

 Posted:   Oct 4, 2013 - 4:36 AM   
 By:   BJN   (Member)

On Wednesday it was explicitly mentioned that Horner came from the rehearsals of the concert to the symposium. My impression was that meant he was rehearsing with the orchestra, and not just attending the rehearsals.

Yesterday Peter Gabriel played a new song written for a Mexican film, so his great concert can be justly mentioned on this board. I think there must be quite a number of on-line reviews of his gig by now, so I spare you the details.

Two down one to go. I'm about to drive to Vienna for the third time in three days, now to the get-together. See you at the Gmoakeller.

 Posted:   Oct 4, 2013 - 3:20 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

David Newman Rocks!!!
And boy can Vin Diesel sing!! Who knew? Great renditions on American Tail and Land Before
Time songs. smile
Had a real good time but the medleys were way too abbreviated. Wished Horner would have
picked up the baton just once frown

 Posted:   Oct 5, 2013 - 3:50 AM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

I didn't attend the concert but thought that Horner was conducting. I think I'd have been a little disapponted if he was present but didn't conduct. I'm sure everyone had a great time, regardless.

 Posted:   Oct 5, 2013 - 5:27 AM   
 By:   samlowry   (Member)

David Newman indeed rocks!

Even though Horner was the "Star" of this event, David Newman was the "Conductor" and a very good job he did in my opinion. I could even detect some of his father style in his way of conducting.

The orchestra was also excellent and impressed me on how they handled with ease the more ethnic elements of the Avatar Suite.

I will keep a very good memory of this concert

 Posted:   Oct 5, 2013 - 8:23 AM   
 By:   crocodile   (Member)

I too enjoyed the evening. All the Horner cynicism aside, this evening proved he can be just as successful concert-wise as Goldsmith and Williams. At least from the perspective of general audience. I realized how big of a part he played in forming my film music tastes. The first half of the programme (with music from s-f) wasn't perhaps as strong, but the main segment was actually very entertaining. Especially the longer segments from Avatar and Titanic. I'm not generally a fan of short pieces and medleys.


 Posted:   Oct 5, 2013 - 9:58 AM   
 By:   Mike_H   (Member)

The Avatar performance:

I can't get over how breathtaking War still is. It gives me chills every time and reminds me of what an excellent dramatist Horner is. I hope that after this unfortunate year we still get some new scores from him in the future.

 Posted:   Oct 5, 2013 - 11:45 AM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

Hey, here is just a few pictures I've got yesterday. I suppose others got some more as well, so please don't forget to share smile

Many thanks to Thor and others who were organizing this!

 Posted:   Oct 5, 2013 - 12:10 PM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

and two from the actual evening concert... will have to go through a zillion pictures and will post more later.

and one with Joe Dante from Thursday.

 Posted:   Oct 5, 2013 - 2:50 PM   
 By:   John Chambers   (Member)

Thanks for posting the pictures, they're great! It was great to see you the last couple of nights and what a wonderful concert!

 Posted:   Oct 5, 2013 - 3:43 PM   
 By:   Mark Langdon   (Member)

Christ, I didn't realise I had a huge bald spot! embarrassment

 Posted:   Oct 5, 2013 - 4:31 PM   
 By:   JADSTERSDAD   (Member)

Sounded great. Wish i could have been there.

 Posted:   Oct 5, 2013 - 4:32 PM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

Christ, I didn't realise I had a huge bald spot! embarrassment

Haha, I had the same reaction to seeing pictures of me from one of the nerd get-togethers from a few years ago. I was like, "Who's that guy with the blindingly white bald spot? OH MY GOD."

 Posted:   Oct 6, 2013 - 7:51 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

What an amazing concert! Loved the selections of cues, with great nostalgic themes in the first half (Voyager theme, Undiscovered Country, ID4, ...) and of course the main course in the second half (Kahn, Willow, Aliens, Rocketeer, ...). As if the venue wasn't beautiful enough, the show itself with some great graphics really impressed me. Not bothered at all with Horner not conducting, Newman was perfect and it truly was Horner's night. Had a fun time catching up with the usual suspects as well as meeting many new faces from different boards/countries, and just so much to see in Vienna, I definitely want to return.

 Posted:   Oct 6, 2013 - 10:22 AM   
 By:   Marian.Schedenig   (Member)

(The following is a copy of what I just posted on JWFan)

He actually is writing a concerto. Thor will have the details when he publishes his interview.

Some short comments:

I was strangely left rather cold by the concert this year. It was fine, sure enough, but it could have been so much better. Partly it might be that I'm not the biggest Horner fan. I love plenty of his stuff, mostly from the early-to-middle part of his career, but there wasn't too much of that. Then there's the usual tinkering with the suites - not quite as bad this year as it has already been, but the edits were still strange. For Goldsmith's Voyager theme, they replaced the reprise with a repetition of the first part (sans string counterpoint). For Horner's Wrath of Khan end titles, they took out the Spock theme, turning the whole cue into an endless repeat of the main theme. Also, David Newman seems to much of a studio conductor rather than a concert hall conductor. A friend complained about that last year, but I didn't really notice it back then (though he says it was worse). This year, I had the strong feeling that he simply doesn't care (or know) about orchestral dynamics and leaves that part up to the recordist when doing a recording. In the Konzerthaus, it lead to many main lines and themes being utterly buried in the orchestration. Axelrod and the great Mauceri were better. And ultimately, I feel the selection of pieces is still becoming increasingly shallow for my tastes. But nice it was, sure.

Biggest faux pas of the concert: At the beginning of the Horner part (during Khan, I believe), they showed a reverse chronological list of Horner's film titles on the screen... starting with Romeo and Juliet).

Biggest missed opportunity at the symposium: Horner's talk with Robert Townson was right before the fake scoring session, so they were seated on a recording stage with instruments and recording equipment. Townson's first question was about how Horner came up with a specific theme or something (I don't recall the details). Horner looked around and asked if there was a piano somewhere. There wasn't.

My photos of the symposium can be found here:

Some shots of Horner from Thor's interview to follow soon.

 Posted:   Oct 6, 2013 - 5:13 PM   
 By:   films1   (Member)

Heres the link to the complete concert -

 Posted:   Oct 7, 2013 - 1:19 AM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

 Posted:   Oct 7, 2013 - 12:35 PM   
 By:   Jostein_H   (Member)

Hi guys, some of you may remember me from these very boards a few years ago.

Well, I went to this event and I thought it was the best film music concert (out of the 5 or 6 I've been to total, 3 of which have had the composers present) I've ever had the pleasure of attending.

David Newman's expert hand led us through some of the best music of Horner's career and it was simply incredible.

Personal highlight, surprisingly, was Avatar. Which is a score I really like but I wasn't expecting them to play "War". BUT THEY DID.

It was an unforgettable evening in the true sense of the word. I can't stop thinking about it.

 Posted:   Oct 7, 2013 - 1:48 PM   
 By:   Jon Broxton   (Member)

It sounds like they played Victor Pesavento's suite from AVATAR, which got its world premiere at the GSPO in Los Angeles last year. It's a fantastic suite, and the rendition of "War" is spine-tingling.

 Posted:   Oct 7, 2013 - 2:08 PM   
 By:   Jostein_H   (Member)

It sounds like they played Victor Pesavento's suite from AVATAR, which got its world premiere at the GSPO in Los Angeles last year. It's a fantastic suite, and the rendition of "War" is spine-tingling.

Indeed it was! It blew me away, and David Newman's control of the orchestra was impressive

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