The Music of John Williams
SILVA SCREEN RECORDS MARKS COMPOSER JOHN WILLIAMS' 80th BIRTHDAY WITH COMPREHENSIVE SET
The Music Of John Williams - The Definitive Collection Features 87 Tracks With Over 7 Hours of Music.
Since 1972, when he won his first Oscar, John Williams has received 47 Oscar nominations including 5 wins, 2 Emmys, 3 Golden Globes, 7 BAFTAs and more then twenty Gold and Platinum Records. Today, he is one of the most respected and acclaimed composers in Hollywood.
Perhaps the film composer of the biggest number of instantly recognizable themes and motifs, John Williams's immense musical output has now secured him a "cultural icon" status. On February 8th this icon turns 80.
2012 also marks 40 years since John Williams and Steven Spielberg first met and started a hugely successful collaboration lasting to this day. Spielberg's composer of choice, Williams penned the unforgettable music for Jaws, Schindler's List, the four Indiana Jones films, E.T., Saving Private Ryan, as well as now classic themes for the Star Wars series, Superman and the first three Harry Potter films.
The immense quantity and quality of John Williams's film scores has propelled his work into the top All-Time Worldwide Box Office films list - he scored 16 of them, more than any other composer. In 2005, the American Film Institute unveiled its list of the Top 25 Film Scores of all time and John Williams appears at #1 (Star Wars), # 6 (Jaws) and # 14 (E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial).
"John certainly has the most considerable impact because his music immediately bypasses the brain and goes straight to your heart. That's the way he's always been... an amazing talent."
- Steven Spielberg
The collection is performed by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.
CD and Digital Album: SILCD 1382
Release Date: Feb. 21, 2012
Silva Screen Records is one of the world's leading film and television soundtrack labels, based in London, with offices in New York and Paris. Founded in 1986, the label boasts a catalogue of over 500 titles and over 10,000 master recordings including the six bestselling score albums of the music from the current Doctor Who TV revival, the Gerry Anderson catalogue (Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet), the Roy Budd catalogue (Get Carter, Fear is the Key, Wild Geese), and reissues of classics such as John Barry's score for The Ipcress File and the music for the cult film The Wicker Man.
ABOUT THE CITY OF PRAGUE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA:
The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1947, performing music for film, television and animation productions at the Barrandov Film Studios in Prague, the historic Krátký Film productions and the former Czechoslovak Television.
After the so-called `Velvet Revolution' in 1989, the orchestra was privatized and has since recorded scores for major film production entities including Paramount, Sony, and Lucasfilm, and recorded the scores for David Lynch's Lost Highway (1997) and Mulholland Drive (2001), Pedro Almodóvar's All About My Mother (1999), Roman Polanski's The Ninth Gate (1999), Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's The Lives Of Others (2006) and Saul Dibb's The Duchess (2008).