John Williams with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter
John Williams is releasing an album of iconic film themes with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter
The record features new versions of some of the composer’s most popular works, including ‘Harry Potter’, ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’.
It has just been announced that legendary film composer John Williams is releasing a new album of his iconic movie themes with superstar violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter.
The album, entitled Across The Stars, features several adaptations of some of Williams’ most spectacular themes for the big screen – and he has written them specially for talented virtuoso Mutter, who he describes as his close friend and “the greatest violinist that Germany has produced in a hundred years”.
Speaking about the collaboration, Mutter said: “There is only one John Williams. What he writes is just extraordinary.
“Every time I go to one of his films and there is a violin or cello, I think, I would like to play that! And now I have his wonderful translations of all these iconic themes.”
Williams added: “Working with Anne-Sophie on this recording has been a pure inspiration. She has brought vibrant life to these familiar themes in new and unexpected ways, which has been a great joy for me as a composer.”
Joining soloist Mutter on the recordings is the 70-piece Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles – and significantly, they performed at the Sony Pictures Scoring Stage for the album, where many other famous film soundtracks have been recorded.
Across the Stars: Full Track List
1. Rey’s Theme, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
2. Yoda’s Theme, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
3. Hedwig’s Theme, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
4. Across the Stars (Love Theme), Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
5. Donnybrook Fair, Far and Away
6. Sayuri’s Theme, Memoirs of a Geisha
7. Night Journeys, Dracula
8. Theme, Sabrina
9. The Duel, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
10. Luke and Leia, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
11. Nice to Be Around, Cinderella Liberty
12. Theme, Schindler’s List