News Classical 14/05/2018

Legendary Composer John Williams Lands First Ever Classical No1 With A Life In Music

Legendary Composer John Williams Lands First Ever Classical No1 With A Life In Music

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New York, NY (Top40 Charts) Iconic film composer John Williams makes chart history as his album A Life in Music - released May 4 via Decca Records/Universal Music reaches the Top 20 of the Official UK Album Chart - the first time he has achieved this feat for a non-soundtrack release. The album, which features brand new recordings of his best-loved works, has also topped the UK Classical Chart for the first time ever. Listen it below:

To coincide with the No 15 album chart position, a ground-breaking new video is being released which allows fans to experience John Williams's famous film themes - including Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter and Jaws - in immersive 360˚ audio and visual for the first time in classical music, with tracks changing as you move around the video. Check out the 360˚ video here:

Recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra at London's Air Studios, A Life in Music was conducted by Gavin Greenaway. The 10-track collection includes the premiere recording of the theme from Schindler's List in Williams's official arrangement for cello (rather than solo violin).

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, October 26, 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 career, John Williams has graced the screens and touched the hearts of people across the world with his beloved scores, and now he makes UK chart history with A Life in Music, an album showcasing his extraordinary life's work. Watch the album trailer HERE.

John Williams - John Williams: A Life in Music
1."Main Title" - Star Wars
2. "Theme" - Jurassic Park
3. "Hedwig's Theme" - Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone
4. "The Raiders March" - Raiders Of The Lost Ark
5. "Flying Theme" - E.T.
6. "Theme" - Schindler's List
7. "The Flight To Neverland" - Hook
8. "Hymn To The Fallen" - Saving Private Ryan
9. "Shark Theme" - Jaws
10. "Williams: Superman March" - Superman

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