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Tree Song (Boston So, Shaham, Williams)

John Williams , John Towner Williams , Boston Symphony Orchestra , Gil Shaham Audio CD
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  • Performer: Gil Shaham
  • Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: John Towner Williams
  • Composer: John Williams
  • Audio CD (15 Oct 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B00005M05E
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 328,785 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. John Williams: TreeSong for Gil Shaham - Doctor Hu and the Meta Sequoia 6:380.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. John Williams: TreeSong for Gil Shaham - Trunks, Branches and Leaves 8:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. John Williams: TreeSong for Gil Shaham - The Tree Sings 5:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. John Williams: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in Memory of B.R.W - Moderato11:01Album Only
Listen  5. John Williams: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in Memory of B.R.W - Slowly (in peaceful Contemplation) 9:470.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. John Williams: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in Memory of B.R.W - Broadly (Maestoso) - Quickly 9:200.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. John Williams: Three Pieces from Schindler's List for Solo Violin and Orchestra - Theme from "Schindler's List" 4:410.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. John Williams: Three Pieces from Schindler's List for Solo Violin and Orchestra - Jewish Town 4:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. John Williams: Three Pieces from Schindler's List for Solo Violin and Orchestra - Remembrances 6:220.79  Buy MP3 

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5.0 out of 5 stars The other side of John Williams 19 Jun 2002
Format:Audio CD
If you only know John Williams from his movie scores, then this disc will be a long-overdue surprise. Williams is a capable and sensitive composer of concert music, especially gifted at the individual expression of a concerto--he has a real sympathy for solo instruments and his skills as an orchestrator make sure that he is able to showcase the lyricism of the soloist with sensitive orchestral accompaniment. The Violin Concerto has been recorded before, but this is a new and revised version given a definitive performance by the composer and Gil Shaham.
That said, arguably Treesong is an even better work, and a suitable companion to his extraordinarily beautiful Five Sacred Trees (for bassoon and orchestra), previously recorded on Sony (Amazon asin = B000024FSB). Both discs are simply essential for anyone who wants to understand John Williams as a composer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Surprise 1 Jan 2003
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD on the offchance and was pleasantly surprised.
In film music John williams can pour on the sacharine and rack up the Bombast. But here he reveals himself as a master of expression and orchestration.
This first two works on this disc inhabits a well realized dreamworld. The music is not so far from that of Szymanowski creating a more sparcely orchestrated more clearly defined version of his sound world.
Treesong is the highlight: a distillation of the compositional ideas in the Violin Concerto. In it the violin is allowed to sing in Debussy like fashion above sparse but beautifully appropriate accompaniment.
The Three Pieces from Schindler's List are pleasant but serve mainly to highlight how much better the two 'serious' works are.
The playing of violinist Gil Shaham is excellent throughout
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique Sound Worlds 21 Nov 2001
By Joshua Grasso - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
As a life-long fan of Williams' film music, I have only recently discovered his more "serious" pieces. Like many versatile composers before him (think Korngold, Waxman, etc.), Williams is able to function in both worlds, writing rousing, effective scores and introspective, yet extremely dynamic works for concerto and orchestra. Treesong, in particular, is a masterful evocation of the wonders of nature, though many might not find any obvious signs of "nature" in the music. Williams chooses to evoke an altogether different environment, relying less on derivative new-agey techniques than the musings of a solo instrument as it encounters a strange and fantastic realm of "trunks, branches, and leaves." The sound world Williams conjures up is completely original in my mind and bears his distinctive stamp (as does his other piece for trees, Five Sacred Trees). The earlier Violin Concerto is from the same stylistic world, yet seems to probe deeper into personal emotions, with a profoundly melodic core. While Bartok's Violin Concerto can be seen behind it, it, too, is an extremely unique piece and only grows with repeated listenings. The addition of three pieces from Schindler's List was charming and highly appropriate, especially as a means of showing of Gil Shaham's talent.
In short, a wonderful disc that does justice to the seemingly inexaustible talents of John Williams, one of our most brilliant and remarkable composers. 5 stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's not supposed to sound like Star Wars 27 Feb 2005
By Daniel Matz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you're not familiar with any of John Williams' concert music, may the listener beware. It sounds nothing like his film scores. It is dissonant, and often difficult to listen to. But it is usually a rewarding experience. What it lacks in melodic themes, it makes up for in colorful orchestations and moments of striking beauty. The third movement of Treesong is a good example of this. It begins on a note that seems out of place, but eventually resolves.

Not everything can or should sound like Star Wars. Film music, by its very nature requires a differnet kind of writing. There is certainly room for Williams to write concert music in a modernistic style that departs from the Wagnerian influence of his movie scores. Oh well. If you prefer his soundtracks check out Close Encounters of the Third Kind; now thats pretty modern!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What exactly IS "classical" music? 19 Nov 2001
By James Leatherbarrow - Published on Amazon.com
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Well Mr Jose Martinez-Canas made a bold statement below, declaring in no uncertain terms that John Williams is not a classical composer. If we are going to be picky about it, Mahler wasn't a classical composer either. Nor were Prokofiev and Shostakovich. The 20th Century brought about an incredibly wide range of styles in orchestral music, some of which inspired movie composers, and some of which was in turn inspired BY movie music. One of the great things about contemporary music is that anything and everything is possible. One only has to listen to John Adams "Slonimsky's Earbox" or the recent music of Einojuhani Rautavaara to hear how the harmonies and motivic developments of the silver screen have found their way back into the concert hall. John Williams contribution to movie music is without question, but we must also remember his numerous works away from the movies. This latest piece "Treesong" is a beautifully reflective essay on nature and tranquility. Gil Shaham's playing is every bit as exquisite as the sweeping contours of the melodic lines, and the orchestra respond well to Williams' expression both on the page and on the podium. The three short movements form a delicate whole, rippling harmonies suggesting wind in the branches. Although the music soars in places the overall feeling is one of calm, and the tempo remains fairly leisurely throughout. As ever Williams' shows his mastery of orchestration throughout the piece. "Treesong" compliments his Violin Concerto nicely. The Concerto is presented here in a new revised form. I have only heard the original version once and so am unable to talk informatively about the revisions, but it seems to me as though the orchestration is rather grander and more full on this revised version. The CD ends with a set of pieces from Schindler's List. Shaham has a lot to live up to here (the original was performed by Itzhak Perlman!) and he does so admirably, matching some of Perlman's articulations where appropriate but adding a few nifty touches of his own to make these truly original interpretations. Enjoy.
5.0 out of 5 stars Something A Little Different 6 Nov 2013
By Joseph Garth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If your knowledge of John Williams starts and stops with his popular film scores, then I would use caution. I would never tell you to avoid it, since this is one of my favorite pieces of music, and I want more people to know about his concert work, but know what you're getting yourself into. There are other composers known for film composition have written a violin concerto. I'll use Korngold as an example. His concerto is extremely accessible, very melodic, and I would say "typical". Williams style of writing, when removing the restraints of moving pictures, is very progressive and modern. It's in a traditional 3-movement work. The first and last movements have a similar tempo with a lovely and sad slow movement in the middle. I absolutely adore this work. This Amazon listing contains samples so I would encourage you to have a listen. If you like what you hear or think you're ready for a change, or wish to see a different side to this composer, please purchase!
3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great composer of our time! 10 Oct 2001
By Zhiyi Wang - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
John Williams is a great composer,no matter which area he is in.As a film composer we've seen that he had created so many outstanding scores.But,he also composed many good works for classical music.Listen to this CD you will feel that Mr.Williams is a superior master in our time!
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