[ Deutsche Grammophon / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 25 October 2019
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In the midst of his work on Star Wars' Final Episode IX John Williams has created and conducted a complete album with Anne-Sophie Mutter. It presents his personal selection of iconic themes as well as rediscovered gems from more than 40 years of his music for film.
The music ranges from Star Wars motifs ("Luke and Leia" from Return of the Jedi) to more recent pieces ("Hedwig's Theme" from Harry Potter) Two themes from Williams' Oscar-winning Schindler's List score (the main theme and "Remembrances") are also featured. A few more surprising choices include new versions of themes from Cinderella Liberty and Dracula, originally written in the 1970s and rarely performed since then.
"Even if the 12 tracks of Across the Stars work on the senses like consecutive mouthfuls of Turkish delight, there always remains her emotional throb, sweet pianissimos, and god-like technique...Mutter and Williams are especially winning in contemplative, romantic mode, although the scary shivers from the 1979 Dracula earn their place too" The Times, London
Rey's Theme (from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens)
Yoda's Theme (from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back)
Hedwig's Theme (from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone)
Across the Stars (from Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones)
Donnybrook Fair (from Far and Away)
Sayuri's Theme (from Memoirs of a Geisha)
Night Journeys (from Dracula)
Sabrina's Theme (from Sabrina)
The Duel (from The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn)
Luke and Leia (from Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi)
Nice to Be Around (from Cinderella Liberty)
Schindler's List: Theme