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5.0 out of 5 stars This is worth buying...
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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3.0 out of 5 stars It's a John Williams, but not living up to high expectations
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...
Published on 15 Mar 2005 by Kurt Steiner


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3.0 out of 5 stars It's a John Williams, but not living up to high expectations, 15 Mar 2005
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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3.0 out of 5 stars It's a John Williams, but not living up to high expectations, 10 Jun 2005
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars This is worth buying..., 29 Aug 2013
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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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