From Vienna To Hollywood… and Back Again

A reflection on the historical and cultural significance of John Williams’s performances with the Wiener Philharmoniker in January 2020, now released internationally by the Deutsche Grammophon label

John Williams conducting the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at the Musikverein in Vienna in January 2020 (Photo © Terry Linke / Deutsche Grammophon)
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Legacy Conversations: Ben Palmer

The esteemed British conductor talks on his work as a specialist of Live to Picture concerts and his love and admiration for the music of John Williams

Hosted by Maurizio Caschetto

Photo © Andy Staples Photography

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Jedi Maestro: John Williams and the Music of Star Wars — Roundtable Discussion

Special podcast episode dedicated to John Williams’ iconic scores for the legendary film series, with a focus on the last work for the Saga, The Rise of Skywalker

Special guests: Doug Adams, Frank Lehman, Jim Ware

Hosted by Maurizio Caschetto

Composer John Williams recording his final score for the last episode of the Skywalker Saga, The Rise of Skywalker
(© 2019 Lucasfilm/Walt Disney Company)

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On Green Shores, Distant Lands, Farms and Rivers: Mike Matessino Talks ‘Far and Away’ and ‘The River’

Exclusive podcast interview with soundtrack producer Mike Matessino on his restoration work for two lesser-known scores from John Williams’ filmography

Hosted by Maurizio Caschetto and Tim Burden

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Exclusive Interview: Paddy Moloney

Legendary leader of Irish folk music group The Chieftains talks with The Legacy of John Williams about the collaboration with the Maestro on the score for Far and Away, recently released on a new expanded remastered edition by La-La Land Records.

Hosted by Tim Burden

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Paddy Moloney

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#WilliamsWeek 2020: Day 1

It’s #WilliamsWeek! Like last year, we celebrate the birthday of legendary composer John Williams for the whole week with a quote and a piece of music every day from today until February 8, the day in which the Maestro will turn 88. We want to celebrate him on this special occasion both with his words and his music, something that continues to be a great source inspiration for many musicians, listeners and music lovers all around the world.

Today, the focus is on the unique collaboration with his long-time artistic partner Steven Spielberg.

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John Williams and Steven Spielberg (photo courtesy of Sony Classical © 2017)
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A Herald for All Musicians

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With The Rise of Skywalker, composer John Williams has completed his own musical cycle, putting the final coda on a rich musical glossary he started to work on 42 years earlier. When the composer wrote and recorded that film score in 1977, he couldn’t imagine how big the impact of his music would have been, and how long it would have resonated with audiences throughout the subsequent decades. As he told recently to film journalist and film music historian Jon Burlingame:

“Forty years ago, if you said to me, ‘Here’s a project, John, and I want you to write 25 hours of music,’ I would have dropped my pencil case and said, ‘It’s impossible. No one can do that,’”

Yet the composer was able to return to that musical world always with the same amount of enthusiasm, creativity, and devotion for all the subsequent scores he penned for the intergalactic space opera initiated by George Lucas, which now covers a time span of almost half of his life.

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Symphony of Elements: Interview with Mike Matessino on the ‘Disaster Movie Soundtrack Collection’

An exclusive podcast with soundtrack producer Mike Matessino on his restoration work for the Disaster Movie Soundtrack Collection – Music by John Williams, and the remastered expansions of Monsignor and Minority Report

Hosted by Maurizio Caschetto and Tim Burden

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Across the Stars, Inside the Music: Interview with Anne-Sophie Mutter

The internationally acclaimed violinist talks with The Legacy of John Williams about her collaboration with the composer and their stunning recording project Across The Stars, featuring all-new arrangements of Williams’ iconic film themes rewritten especially for her.

by Maurizio Caschetto

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John Williams and Anne-Sophie Mutter; Photo © Phrashant Gupta, courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon

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