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  • Mini-Disc (23 July 1996)
  • Label: Sony/Columbia
  • ASIN: B0000029R3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

1. Summon the Heroes [First Recording] - Boston Pops Orchestra
2. O Fortuna [From Carmina Burana] - Boston Pops Orchestra, Tanglewood Festival Chorus
3. Bugler's Dream/Olympic Fanfare and Theme - Boston Pops Orchestra
4. Ode to Zeus [From Canto Olympico] - Boston Pops Orchestra, Tanglewood Festival Chorus
5. Javelin - Boston Pops Orchestra
6. Olympic Hymn [First Recording] - Boston Pops Orchestra, Tanglewood Festival Chorus
7. Festive Overture, Op. 96 - Boston Pops Orchestra
8. Conquest of Paradise - Boston Pops Orchestra, Tanglewood Festival Chorus
9. Parade of Charioteers [From Ben Hur] - Boston Pops Orchestra
10. Toward a New Life - Boston Pops Orchestra
11. Chariots of Fire - Boston Pops Orchestra
12. Olympic Spirit [First Recording] - Boston Pops Orchestra

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Steiner on 15 Mar. 2005
Format: Audio CD
I had high expectations for this CD. The Olympic Fanfare Theme composed by John Williams has been in my head from the first day I heard it back in 1984 (the LA Summer Olympic Games). And it is to be found on the CD - that alone warranted its purchase. The CD offers more, though, such as the music composed for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta and several of the older hymns composed for the Olympics. The latter includes a delightful "Ode to Zeus" by Mikis Theodorakis.
The music encompasses first recordings of several of the pieces concerned, which do not always reflect the 1984 live performance. As a John Williams composition, the fanfare themes are very evocative of his other work (Indiana Jones, Star Wars). Again, that alone warrants purchase by Williams' fans.
I was less enthused by an unadapted Orff's "O Fortuna" from the Carmina Burana (always a bestseller - did we really need it here?), Vangelis' "Chariots of Fire" (the soundtrack version is so much better) and Josef Suk's "Toward a New Life" (1932 LA Olympics, why is it here?).
All in all, too little Williams but a worthwhile buy nevertheless since you can't, to my knowledge, get the Olympic Fanfare on any other recording.
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Format: Audio CD
I had high expectations for this CD. The Olympic Fanfare Theme composed by John Williams has been in my head from the first day I heard it back in 1984 (the LA Summer Olympic Games). And it is to be found on the CD - that alone warranted its purchase. The CD offers more, though, such as the music composed for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta and several of the older hymns composed for the Olympics. The latter includes a delightful "Ode to Zeus" by Mikis Theodorakis.
The music encompasses first recordings of several of the pieces concerned, which do not always reflect the 1984 live performance. As a John Williams composition, the fanfare themes are very evocative of his other work (Indiana Jones, Star Wars). Again, that alone warrants purchase by Williams' fans.
I was less enthused by an unadapted Orff's "O Fortuna" from the Carmina Burana (always a bestseller - did we really need it here?), Vangelis' "Chariots of Fire" (the soundtrack version is so much better) and Josef Suk's "Toward a New Life" (1932 LA Olympics, why is it here?).
All in all, too little Williams but a worthwhile buy nevertheless since you can't, to my knowledge, get the Olympic Fanfare on any other recording.
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For the John Willilams' works alone. I never particularly liked his music for Steven Spielberg but his Olympics pieces are as good as any public pieces by that father of twentieth century American music, Aaron Copland.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A Recording of Olympic Proportions 14 Aug. 2004
By Timothy Kearney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As I am writing the review, the 2004 Olympic Games are underway and the thrill and excitement that is as much a part of the Olympics as the events themselves will be sweeping the world. The Olympics have a way of making so many of us, even those of us who are not athletes, see our world from a larger perspective. The music that evokes the Olympics likewise has to be larger than life. The music in this collection could be characterized as larger than life, and the Boston Pops Orchestra, under the baton of John Williams, brings out the largesse of the various tracks.

I purchased this collection primarily for the various Olympic themes of John Williams. This collection contains the first recording of Williams' 1988 NBC Olympic theme and listeners will quickly see that the earlier recording of the work was excerpted. Williams' music always sounds more majestic when he conducts it, and the Boston Pops is more than at home performing his music. The collection also has classical music of Olympian proportions such as "O Fortuna" from CARMINA BURANA, "Toward a New Life" by Dvorak's son in law Joseph Suk, and Shostakovich's FESTIVE OVERTURE. There is also film music included: "The Parade of the Charioteers" from BEN HUR and the main theme from CHARIOTS OF FIRE. Each track is performed well and lives up to the standards expected of this great orchestra and conductor.

In a time when our world can seem so troubled, the Olympics reminds of what our best can be. At times we need to be reminded of what the best in our world can be, this collection can help our spirits soar.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
The Real Spirit 27 July 2001
By unraveler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album by John William and the Boston Pops is fantastic. It appeals across musical boundaries. Even those who do not usually listen to classical music will find it enjoyable. The title track is the first one on this CD and sets up a grandiose atmosphere. Then comes "O Fortuna," which conjures up the images of ancient heroes and battles and the coming storm of competition. There are twelve tracks in all, and the final one, "The Olympic Spirit" is transcendental. It has been played on classical music radio stations across the country over and over again. And rightly so. This is a wonderful album to listen to on any given day.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
The Spirit of the Olympics 28 Sept. 2000
By "ccrunner01" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am a high school runner. Let me tell you, I have been looking for a good inspirational CD for a very long time to listen to before I run. This is the CD. I first heard the music on this CD while watching the Olympics in 1996, then "Summon the Heroes" was in the movie "Without Limits" in 1998 (which by the way is my favorite movie). This CD is VERY inspirational. It has most of the music used by NBC in the Olympics. The best tracks are Williams' "Summon the Heroes" and the "Olympic Theme". It also has the immortal "Chariots of Fire" theme in it. If you are a runner and need some music to help you get motivated, get this CD. If you just love music, get this CD. I have goals to make the Olympic team in 2004 for Athens. I will give it my best effort, and the music in this CD is definately going to help.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Truly the Olympic spirit 16 May 2001
By Ryan Richards - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I cannot heap enough praise upon this CD. To put it succinctly, I think it captures the feeling of the Olympics better than the actual Olympics do. Lots and lots of John Williams on this CD (the composer, not the guitarist... how many other people have mistakenly bought a CD by John Williams the guitarist?), which was an excellent move. From the opening strains of his 1996 composition "Summon the Heroes" we listeners are transported to a world far removed from our own, a world where epic feats are routine and glory and honor are everywhere. This CD is valuable just because it contains all of Williams' Olympic music, but the real treat is the other selections: they match and even exceed the power of his compositions. "O Fortuna" is a classic, of course, and "Chariots of Fire" captures better than any other piece, I think, the feelings evoked by Olympian athletes. The Boston Pops Orchestra combines its usual pinpoint precision with its usual highly-charged emotive quality; it's up to the task of playing epic music. In particular, this CD has the best rendition of Shostakovich's "Festive Overture" I've ever heard, itself a fabulous inclusion. Are you getting my point yet? Buy this CD! Now! The true strength of the Olympics lie in their ability to connect spectators to something a little bit higher and more exalted than themselves; the same is true of this CD.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
One of the most uplifting and motivating albums!!! 18 July 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When I first listened to this album, I was in awe of the beauty and grandness of the music composed/performed by John Williams. John can make composing music an exalted art. His music is purely genius and captures the ideas of the album in which the score is in. Back to the album . . . it is AWESOME! This includes many well-known songs but also many undiscovered treasures. Of the twelve songs, I especially enjoyed:

Track One-Summon the Heroes

Track Three-Bugler's Dream/Olympic Fanfare and Theme

Track Twelve-The Olympic Spirit

Bottom Line: BUY THIS ALBUM!!!!!!!! A TREASURE!!!!!
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