Decca Records and Classic FM, the UK’s most popular classical music station, are proud to announce the release of John Williams: A Life In Music – a brand new album of iconic movie scores by the world’s most successful film composer, including Star Wars, Jurassic Park, E.T. and many more. The album, which will be released on May the 4th (International Star Wars Day) features brand new recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra, who recorded many of John Williams’ original soundtracks, and includes a world premiere recording of the Theme from Schindler’s List for cello.
Recorded at London’s Air Studios withthe 86-piece orchestra, this epic collection of music was conducted by Gavin Greenaway. The 10-track album features Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter and the premiere recording of the Theme from Schindler’s List in Williams’ official arrangement for cello (rather than solo violin). There are also familiar tunes from Superman, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Star Wars – which were all first recorded by the LSO.
The LSO’s close connection with John Williams dates back for over 40 years, and the standard is there to be heard in these new recordings. From writing the world’s best-loved soundtracks – including Jaws, E.T. and the Home Alone films – to conducting the world’s leading orchestras, Williams truly is one of the greatest living composers.
In January, Williams broke his own Oscars record with more nominations than any other living person. Williams has also won 24 Grammys, seven BAFTAs, four Golden Globes and five Oscars, with numerous gold and platinum records.
2018 marks a major milestone for John Williams as the Hollywood legend celebrates 60 years working in film. Later this year, he will conduct the LSO in an extremely rare performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Friday 26 October, making it John Williams’s first performance in the UK for 20 years (since appearing at the Barbican Centre, where the LSO is resident).
Over the span of his extraordinary career, John Williams has graced the TV screens and touched the hearts of people across the world with his music, and this new album promises to do the same.