Williams: American Journey
 : Williams: American Journey

by: John Williams

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Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0696998936423
Feature: Sony Classical
Format: Soundtrack
Item Dimensions: 3356224492
Label: Sony Classical
Languages: EnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Sony Classical
MPN: 89364
Number Of Discs: 1
Number Of Items: 1
Publisher: Sony Classical
Release Date: January 15, 2002
Running Time: 61 minutes
Studio: Sony Classical

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Disc 1:
  1. Call of the Champions (The Official Theme of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games)
  2. I. Immigration and Building
  3. II. The Country at War
  4. III. Popular Entertainment
  5. IV. Arts and Sports
  6. V. Civil Rights and the Women's Movement
  7. VI. Flight and Technology
  8. Song for World Peace
  9. Jubilee 350
  10. The Mission Theme (Theme for NBC News)
  11. For New York (Variations on Themes of Leonard Bernstein)
  12. Sound the Bells!
  13. Hymn to New England - Utah Symphony Orchestra
  14. Celebrate Discovery
  15. Summon the Heroes (For Tim Morrison)
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Editorial Review:

Product Description:
Williams: American Journey
Anchored by his Mormon Tabernacle-charged "Call of Champions" (theme of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games) and the sweeping, emotionally rich six-part title suite (originally written for Washington, D.C.'s millennium celebrations and appearing here for the first time as a complete concert piece), this rousing, unabashedly patriotic collection from John Williams seems doubly timely, given America's hunger for comforting affirmation. Those who criticize the scale of Williams's music for its lack of irony will find little here to dissuade them, save perhaps "For New York," his deft, surprisingly low-key arrangement of appropriate Leonard Bernstein themes, and the comparatively subdued harmonic/melodic sophistication of "Song for World Peace." But this is largely music of ceremony and celebration--its scale and frequently martial rhythms are a direct function of purpose and intent. The collection's notes foster the notion of Williams as America's contemporary Sousa, but that's a comparison that sells the composer woefully short. Even "Sound the Bells," a piece written for the Japanese royal wedding, eschews any efforts at ethnic "authenticity," paying its tribute in distinctly American terms. "The Mission Theme" (from NBC News) and the Coplandesque bonus track "Summon the Heroes" (from the 1996 Olympics) further underscore the iconic intent of Williams's work. Chiding this collection for lack of subtlety is like complaining that fireworks are too spectacular. --Jerry McCulley

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