Notes and Editorial Reviews
“Celebrating John Williams” features a tour-de-force live concert of the legendary composers unforgettable movie themes, including Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Jaws and many more. Played by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conducted virtuously by Gustavo Dudamel, who just yesterday received a Star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood complemented with a speech by his friend John Williams.
This is a big orchestra for a big occasion and the DG engineers capture and blend it in a natural manner, never missing a detail, as borne out by glittering selections from Harry Potter, which are a joy to hear in these elegant, beautifully shaped performances. Dudamel’s love of the music and his grip on the form is never in doubt. This is a five-star celebration and a thanksgiving for a composer newly restored to health.