"A John Williams Celebration" is a 2015 video release of a live concert recorded in the beautiful Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2014. Conducting is the famed and popular Gustavo Dudamel, who leads the excellent Los Angeles Philharmonic.
One thing I particularly enjoyed about "Celebration" was its variety of Williams' music. Many John Williams concerts contain the usual brassy favorites, such as Star Wars, Indiana Jones, or Superman. While "Celebration" does contain some music of that ilk (i.e. Star Wars and The Olympic Fanfare) it also shows some different sides of Williams, from the tender Schindler's List, to the subtly jazzy Catch Me If You Can, to the experimental "Soundings." I also appreciated the obvious care that the conductor and orchestra put into performing the music. Having the participation of Itzhak Perlman is also a bonus to the performance.
The audio and video quality of "A John Williams Celebration" are excellent. Also included on the disc are a couple of interesting--though short-- interviews with Williams, Dudamel, and Perlman. Program notes are included with the disc, and also contain credits and several photographs. About my only complaint with "Celebration" is the excessive amounts of applause, walking on and off stage, etc. I wouldn't have minded if the video had some of this edited out, but it's a small complaint.
If you enjoy John Williams or film music in general, "A John Williams Celebration" is well worth your time. It's such a pleasure to see quality, live video recordings of this music.
If you enjoyed this product, I would also recommend the following videos: "Hollywood in Vienna: The World of James Horner," "Hans Zimmer: Live in Prague," and "Score: A Film Music Documentary."
- Format: Classical, Multiple Formats, NTSC
- Language: German, English
- Subtitles: German, French, Spanish, Japanese
- Region: All Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Naxos Deutschland Musik & Video Vertriebs-GmbH / Poing
- DVD Release Date: 30 Jun 2015
- Run Time: 103 minutes
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- ASIN: B00WAZHS58