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City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra John Williams Blockbusters (part II) - athene
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra John Williams Blockbusters (part II)
OMG SQUEEEEEEE!!!!!! How brilliant was that?!

I think it's safe to say I'd been looking forward to this concert for a while. I love practically every John Williams soundtrack that I hear, and I own several on CD, so the prospect of hearing my favourites performed live by a proper orchestra was too good to miss.

I have to admit when I bought the programme I was ever so slightly disappointed. There was only one theme from Jurassic Park, and nothing from ET or Close Encounters of the Third Kind (perhaps they were in the John Williams Blockbusters Part I night?). But that's just being picky considering how much other good stuff there was.

They opened with the main theme from Indianna Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. Hell yes! That was brilliant, and really set the mood for the evening, and followed it with something from Last Crusade.

Then we had the main theme from Jurassic Park. And it might just be me, but I thought they were playing it too fast. I *love* that soundtrack, in fact I was listening to it all afternoon before I went to the concert, and I know how it goes, and in my head I was trying to hum it at a slower pace than they were playing it. But again, that's a minor niggle, I suppose.

There were a few other pieces from films I'd never seen before, like War Horse and Memoirs of a Geisha, which were pretty good, and from Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, which I had heard (that's actually another one where I own the soundtrack).

And they finished the first half with Duel of the Fates from Star Wars Phantom Menace. Oh my god. I think 'rousing' is the description for that particular piece. Fucking awesome is another description for it, but I didn't want to be crude. Oops? But honestly, that's a stunning piece of music at any time, let alone live.

The second half contained rather more from films I'd never seen. That's not to say they weren't good, because most of them were great pieces of music, but it's the ones that you know that are always going to be ones you enjoy most. The shark theme from Jaws met with a particularly good reception, because that's never not going to be brilliant and instantly recognisable, really.

But of course, they saved the best until last. The Star Wars suite, comprising the Star Wars main theme with the opening fanfare, Leia's them, Yoda's theme, and finishing with the Imperial March. Damn, that was bloody good! :-)

Being a happy and demanding audience, we wanted more, so they obliged and gave us the theme from Superman, which I have to admit has never been one of my favourites of all John Williams' scores, but it was a good ending to a fantastic night of fantastic music by probably my favourite composer.

In other, rather more shallow news, there was an incredibly cute young man who appeared to be the principle cello player, although to be honest I wasn't convinced he looked old enough to be out that late without his mum. He must have been good, though, because he had a couple of solos, and was very good. So yey for cute and talented but inappropriately young cellist!

And now I'll finish this random squee post with a youtube vid that is just perfect for the occasion. Because, really, John Williams is the man!

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celeste9 From: celeste9 Date: July 13th, 2013 11:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
What an awesome concert! No wonder you are squeeing. I would love to go to something like that. I happen to own quite a few John Williams soundtracks myself. *g* My mother hates his music and I have to tell her every now and then that she has terrible taste, lol.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 14th, 2013 03:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I started going through which ones I had on cd and realised it was far more than I thought I had!
silentflux From: silentflux Date: July 14th, 2013 12:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow - that sounds like it was a kickass concert! I'm so jealous :)

(...and I love that vid! John Williams IS the man!)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 14th, 2013 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was great! And I've been wanting an excuse to post a link to that vid for ages.
kristen_mara From: kristen_mara Date: July 14th, 2013 01:01 am (UTC) (Link)

Yay! (For great music and for talented eye candy ;) I'd love to go to a film music orchestra concert, but have never quite managed to find out when one is on in Melbourne!

I remember being in a sci fi bookshop in Melb years ago and the Imperial March suddenly came on as musiak, and I immediately got goosebumps and looked around for the Stormtroopers *G*

deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 14th, 2013 03:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lol! There were actually stormtroopers patrolling the concert hall lobby area when I arrived. And someone had gone in costume as Indianna Jones.

I'm not entirely certain what the regular classical music season ticket concert-goers thought about it all... :-)
fififolle From: fififolle Date: July 14th, 2013 08:09 am (UTC) (Link)
That does sound spectacularly awesome! I am so glad you enjoyed the concert :D
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 14th, 2013 03:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was brillaint. I just wish I'd known about it when they did Part 1!
fififolle From: fififolle Date: July 14th, 2013 03:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was wondering if I'd missed a post! But I didn't remember one :)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 14th, 2013 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wonder if they did part 1 last year, or maybe even before that, before I started paying attention to the Nottingham Classics. I'm sure if I'd known abut it I would have gone!
reggietate From: reggietate Date: July 14th, 2013 09:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Kewl! :-D

(I probably should have listened to the Doctor Who prom on Radio 3, but I didn't realise it was on till it was off! *g*)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 14th, 2013 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was rather badly timed with the DW prom. But according to the RT they're going to show that on BBC4 at some point in the future so we'll just have to keep an eye out for it.
cordeliadelayne From: cordeliadelayne Date: July 14th, 2013 02:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like a fab time! His music is always great.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 14th, 2013 03:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've yet to hear a John Williams piece of music that I actively disliked! And hearing some of those live was just fantastic.
nietie From: nietie Date: July 14th, 2013 04:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
That sounds wonderful. John Williams is brilliant.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 14th, 2013 05:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
He is brilliant. I'm listening to the Jurassic Park soundtrack again now.

*drools at your icon*
mysteriousaliwz From: mysteriousaliwz Date: July 14th, 2013 05:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like a great evening! I knew John Williams had done a ton of famous film soundtracks, but I hadn't realised it was quite so many, and such well-known ones too!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 14th, 2013 05:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, everyone knows about Star Wars, Indy, Jaws, etc, but there were a lot of the more modern ones that I had no idea he'd done. And you always associate him with Steven Spielberg films, but of course he has worked with other directors as well.
telperion_15 From: telperion_15 Date: July 14th, 2013 07:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's sounds absolutely fantastic, I must say!

I went to an open air concert at Leeds Castle yesterday, which was brilliant, and naturally, included the 1812 overture, with fireworks, as the finale!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 14th, 2013 08:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow! The 1812 is my favourite classical music piece ever, I'm jealous that you saw it with fireworks and everything!
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