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 Posted:   Aug 30, 2019 - 4:13 PM   
 By:   judy the hutt   (Member)

just got it but we are about to have our Monsoon storm hit our neighborhood in Tucson.

so will have to wait. Darn but we need the rain

 
 Posted:   Aug 30, 2019 - 6:02 PM   
 By:   Erik Woods   (Member)

Yes, the Yo Yo Ma/Williams album is fantastic, an essential for any Williams fan (I'm guessing you guys meant that rather than the Morrione one, since this was about Williams).

No, they are talking about the Morricone/Yo-Yo Ma album, which contained a series of rearranged Morricone suites performed by Yo-Yo Ma. It's a fair comparison.

 
 Posted:   Aug 31, 2019 - 12:57 AM   
 By:   townerbarry   (Member)

This is Damn Good And Very Dramatic. Excellent work By All...



https://youtu.be/F-PjSfJaYSw



https://youtu.be/CBLVOKz--gI



https://youtu.be/dl3T_RydAwo


https://youtu.be/08YV4cmAKg4

 
 Posted:   Aug 31, 2019 - 3:34 PM   
 By:   judy the hutt   (Member)

just got it but we are about to have our Monsoon storm hit our neighborhood in Tucson.

so will have to wait. Darn but we need the rain


heard it this afternoon. Great musicianship by all

 
 Posted:   Sep 4, 2019 - 8:48 AM   
 By:   swoony   (Member)

Does anyone know what's on the deluxe release besides the DVD? Are there bonus tracks?

 
 Posted:   Sep 4, 2019 - 8:52 AM   
 By:   thx99   (Member)

Does anyone know what's on the deluxe release besides the DVD? Are there bonus tracks?

From Jason LeBlanc's post above:

(I've bolded the 5 tracks that aren't on the standard cd/vinyl/DVD edition)

1. Rey's Theme (From "Star Wars: The Force Awakens")
2. Yoda's Theme (From "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back")
3. Hedwig's Theme (From "Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone")
4. Across The Stars (Love Theme) (From "Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones")
5. Donnybrook Fair (Based On "Blowing Off Steam" From "Far And Away")
6. Sayuri's Theme (From "Memoirs Of A Geisha")
7. Remembrances (From "Schindler's List")
8. Night Journeys (From "Dracula")
9. Theme (From "Sabrina")
10. The Duel (From "The Adventures Of Tintin")
11. Princess Leia's Theme (From "Star Wars: A New Hope")
12. The Chairman's Waltz (From "Memoirs Of A Geisha")

13. Luke And Leia (From "Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi")
14. Nice To Be Around (From "Cinderella Liberty")
15. Theme (From "Schindler's List")
16. Markings
17. A Prayer For Peace (From "Munich")

 
 Posted:   Sep 4, 2019 - 8:52 AM   
 By:   swoony   (Member)

Found my own answer:

01. Rey’s Theme (From “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”)
02. Yoda’s Theme (From “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back”)
03. Hedwig’s Theme (From “Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone”)
04. Across The Stars (Love Theme) (From “Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones”)
05. Donnybrook Fair (Based On “Blowing Off Steam” From “Far And Away”)
06. Sayuri’s Theme (From “Memoirs Of A Geisha”)
*07. Remembrances (From “Schindler’s List”)*
08. Night Journeys (From “Dracula”)
09. Theme (From “Sabrina”)
10. The Duel (From “The Adventures Of Tintin”)
*11. Princess Leia’s Theme (From “Star Wars: A New Hope”)*
*12. The Chairman’s Waltz (From “Memoirs Of A Geisha”)*
13. Luke And Leia (From “Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi”)
14. Nice To Be Around (From “Cinderella Liberty”)
15. Theme (From “Schindler’s List”)
*16. Markings*
*17. A Prayer For Peace (From “Munich”)*

* deluxe version only

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 4, 2019 - 2:03 PM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)

Honestly having those five tracks being deluxe edition only kinda makes me not wanna buy it at all.

 
 Posted:   Sep 4, 2019 - 2:14 PM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

Honestly having those five tracks being deluxe edition only kinda makes me not wanna buy it at all.

Yeah, that makes a lot of sense. Just buy that version?

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 4, 2019 - 3:11 PM   
 By:   Marcato   (Member)

have listened to two pieces on youtube - Across the Stars and hedwig's theme

Not good - and i liked Hedwigs theme better than the version of the Across the Stars


but both were inferior to the original

hec even the violin part in anakin's dream form ROTS was better performed


Mutter sounds like someone that needs to be tamed - she has way to much free room on this piece

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2019 - 6:07 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

"Mutter sounds like someone that needs to be tamed - she has way to much free room on this piece"
-------------------
Haha...thanks.
I've just had the mental image of Mutter (dressed as a Lion) being tamed by John Williams, using his baton as a whip, dressed as...wait for it...a Lion Tamer!!!
Rrrrooooaaaarrrrrr!!!!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2019 - 9:22 AM   
 By:   basmith   (Member)

It’s easy to criticize and I think some here are taking that a bit far. I appreciate the new arrangements, even when I prefer the original arrangement or recording. At this point, anything new from Maestro Williams is a gift and I receive it with gratitude.

 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2019 - 11:11 AM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

At this point, anything new from Maestro Williams is a gift and I receive it with gratitude.

So. Very. Ditto!

 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2019 - 11:32 AM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

It’s easy to criticize and I think some here are taking that a bit far. I appreciate the new arrangements, even when I prefer the original arrangement or recording. At this point, anything new from Maestro Williams is a gift and I receive it with gratitude.

YEP. If this is a gateway to getting somebody's aunt to buy the Dracula Deluxe Edition, so be it.

 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2019 - 1:12 PM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

I think this is a nice album, a pleasant programme of good classical music, well played.

I don't think Williams' music fully comes alive in this configuration, though.

I think that for the most part, this music really does fare best with a full string section rather than the solo violin.

But it is still a nice album.

 
 Posted:   Sep 6, 2019 - 3:41 AM   
 By:   johnbijl   (Member)

Perhaps I’m in a bad mood, or perhaps this isn’t my album but I thought it was pants. Mutter’s performance sounds shrill, nervous and – frankly – pathetic. Yoda’s theme has turned shallow. And she made Harry Potter sound like a whiny bitch.

Couldn’t get past Across the stars. What a letdown.

 
 Posted:   Sep 6, 2019 - 5:16 AM   
 By:   spielboy   (Member)

Perhaps I’m in a bad mood, or perhaps this isn’t my album but I thought it was pants. Mutter’s performance sounds shrill, nervous and – frankly – pathetic. Yoda’s theme has turned shallow. And she made Harry Potter sound like a whiny bitch.

Couldn’t get past Across the stars. What a letdown.


maybe you should try, I think the album gets better in the middle section (Sabrina, Geisha, Dracula...)

 
 Posted:   Sep 6, 2019 - 7:36 AM   
 By:   JohnnyG   (Member)

I like it! A lot!
Good for me!

(All you whiners and haters...!)

 
 Posted:   Sep 6, 2019 - 8:24 AM   
 By:   chriss   (Member)

Perhaps I’m in a bad mood, or perhaps this isn’t my album but I thought it was pants. Mutter’s performance sounds shrill, nervous and – frankly – pathetic. Yoda’s theme has turned shallow. And she made Harry Potter sound like a whiny bitch.

Couldn’t get past Across the stars. What a letdown.


The album is a mixed bag for me but this track is simply great smile




 
 Posted:   Sep 6, 2019 - 8:57 AM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

Mutter is one of the finest violinists in the world, and her skills are fully in evidence here.

I won't get into musical specifics so I don't bore those who don't care. But I think there are two main sources of the negative reaction of some (too often expressed with the typical nastiness people seem so free to share these wicked days).

One is that a violinist is like a singer - each has their own voice, quality, manner, nature of playing. And yes, it's possible that on a given day, they are not in the best voice (I don't find that in the tracks I've listened to so far). But for myriad reasons it may just be that the voice grates on you.

For example: Yoda and the Force and Across the Stars certainly don't sound pathetic to me. But Mutter is intentionally playing in a fragile, risky, hesitant and therefore not always beautiful way. (This is common in her playing. Part of being a virtuoso is putting your stamp on everything, and that doesn't always mean sounding pretty.)

These are soloistic choices just like a vocalist's version that might not appeal to you. Having been a violinist, I know exactly why she made these choices and what is going on, but I can also understand why others might react badly to it. And her playing is so up front that the mic is picking up every little nuance, whether it be a plus or a minus. In concert, this rep would sound much better.

The other source of the problem is that, frankly, it doesn't always work to turn an orchestral work into a solo showpiece. It's not the same work, and it may or may not be that effective. Nothing I have heard in this album is essential, or even frankly shining that much light on these works. But there is passion and musical interest in every piece. I will certainly be listening again, and will be proud to own the deluxe edition.

Here is a sideline point from the world of Classical music radio. Many of the most loved works in the rep. are violin concertos. But the complaint we hear most often from listeners (not often, just more often than others) is that we are playing too much "screeching violin music." The second most common complaint is "too much singing".

 
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