John Williams - Complete Philips Recordings 21-cds

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Label: DECCA
Catalog: 4851590
Format: CD

To mark his 90th birthday in 2022, Decca Classics is releasing a 21-CD set of the greatest works by and with John Williams. Williams is revered as the composer par excellence for some of Hollywood's most beloved film scores. This has somewhat eclipsed another facet of his career that is no less significant: John Williams as a concert conductor. As conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra, he legitimized the film music repertoire in the concert hall. He also commissioned new orchestral arrangements of popular classics and, of course, wrote them himself, expanding the orchestra's core classical repertoire. His legacy with the Boston Pops is superbly represented in this box set, which collects albums recorded for Philips from his first decade at the helm of the orchestra. Rounding out the set is an intimate project with the unforgettable Jessye Norman, as Williams returns to his roots as a pianist, accompanying Norman on songs by Leonard Bernstein, Michel Legrand, Richard Rodgers, Kurt Weill, George Gershwin, Frederick Loewe and Billy Joel. The Philip Classics recordings are one of the most important testaments to the significance of Williams' tenure with the Boston Pops, and the most comprehensive presentation of the musical skills, interpretive acumen, and stylistic range of the great conductor John Williams.

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