Tuesday, 26 January 2016 20:21

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Tuesday, 26 January 2016 20:19

CD: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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1. Main Title and the Attack on the Jakku Village
2. The Scavenger
3. I Can Fly Anything
4. Rey Meets BB-8
5. Follow Me
6. Rey's Theme
7. The Falcon Still Flies
8. That Girl with the Staff
9. The Rathtars!
10. Finn's Confession
11. Maz's Counsel
12. The Republic's Demise
13. Kylo Ren Arrives at the Battle
14. The Abduction of Rey
15. The Reunion of Han and Leia
16. March of the Resistance
17. Snoke
18. On the Inside
19. Father and Son
20. Rey vs. Ren
21. Scherzo for X-Wings
22. Farewell and Trip to the Island
23. The Jedi Steps and Finale

 

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The most acclaimed and enduring film music in Hollywood history, the original soundtracks of Star Wars Episodes I VI, are now issued by Sony Classical in a new box set, Star Wars: The Ultimate Soundtrack Collection that includes 10 CDs plus a DVD. All composed by John Williams, the legendary five-time Oscar®-winning composer, this unique collector set is being released just as the latest chapter in the saga, Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters.

Star Wars: The Ultimate Soundtrack Collection includes the original six soundtracks in mini album jackets on 9 CDs, plus a bonus CD featuring a new audio interview with Harrison Ford (Han Solo) alongside an interview with John Williams. Also included is the DVD Star Wars: A Musical Journey, a one hour special hosted by actor Ian McDiarmid (Chancellor Palpatine) highlighting select musical themes alongside key sequences from the films. Rounding out the set are a fold-out poster and three collectable stickers.

 

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Following the tremendously successful release of Leonard Bernstein: The Symphony Edition, Sony Classical is delighted to announce a new reissue from the iconic conductor-composer's CBS/American Columbia discography, Leonard Bernstein Edition. Virtually every remaining orchestral album has been collected in a single extraordinary 80-CD box set. That means every concerto, symphonic poem, overture, ballet, dance, march, etc. that Bernstein recorded in New York between 1950 and 1976 (plus some in London, Paris and Israel) by nearly every composer in the standard repertoire: from Bach and Vivaldi to Barber, Bartók and Ligeti, as well as many of the most prominent 20th-century Americans, such as Ives, Copland, Gershwin and Carter. And, of course, copious recordings of Bernstein's own compositions.

Most notably, there are multiple recordings of the Beethoven and Brahms concertos and of Bernstein's concertante works, as well as music by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Dvorák, Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Sibelius and Nielsen. Featured throughout are some of the greatest soloists of the day, among them the violinists Isaac Stern, Zino Francescatti and Pinchas Zukerman and the pianists Glenn Gould, Rudolf Serkin, Philippe Entremont, André Watts, Gary Graffman and Robert Casadesus as well as Bernstein himself. Leonard Bernstein Edition includes a perfect bound book housed in an LP-sized box.

 

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Jazz, the quintessential American music, traveled all the way to Europe and back before becoming a part of the orchestral canon here in its native country. Composers like George Gershwin ultimately became masters of using the sounds of jazz in the symphony hall. A five-piece combo from The Colored Musicians Club of Buffalo will join the BPO Thursday, January 21 at 7 p.m. to illustrate Buffalo’s important role in the birth of jazz in America. Stefan Sanders conducts. Stay after the concert to continue the conversation at a party in the Mary Seaton Room with music by the George Scott Big Band. Stefan Sanders spoke with WNED.