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John Williams & Berliner Philharmoniker – The Berlin Concert

John Williams has the innate ability to not only compose formidable film scores but to write music that awakens the imagination and accompanies audiences long after the film has finished. In October 2021, the audience in Berlin were treated to a night of movie magic led by the Hollywood legend himself.

At the age of 89, Williams made his conducting debut with the internationally renowned Berliner Philharmoniker at their home in the German capital. The concert presents a wide-ranging selection of music from some of his most beloved film scores, tracing the American conductor’s remarkable imprint on film music history. From the futuristic sounds of Close Encounters to the instantly evocative opening notes of “Hedwig’s Theme” from the Harry Potter movies, the audience is also carried away into the wondrous worlds of Far and Away, Jurassic Park, Superman, and the Indiana Jones and Star Wars series. With a moving rendition of Williams’ Elegy performed by principal cellist Bruno Delepelaire included in the programme, the mutual respect and understanding between conductor and orchestra makes for a truly captivating and unforgettable spectacle.

This stream features the unabridged concert, complete with all tracks & encores, moderations, and introductions by John Williams.

“Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen, for being with us tonight here in this magnificent hall, which is like a house of magic. And I want to tell you what a privilege it is for me to be here with you in this hall, standing in front of perhaps the world’s greatest orchestra: the Berlin Philharmonic. To be standing in front of this orchestra for any musician, however humble or great, to be here with you for these few moments is truly a great honor and a privilege. And I’m so grateful for this invitation to be with you.” – John Williams

John Williams
Olympic Fanfare and Theme
Close Encounters of the Third Kind excerpts
Far and Away Suite

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Hedwig’s Theme
Nimbus 2000
Harry’s Wondrous World

Jurassic Park Theme
Superman March
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: Scherzo for Motorcycle and Orchestra

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark: Marion’s Theme
The Raiders March

Elegy for cello and orchestra*
Solo: A Star Wars Story The Adventures of Han
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back: Yoda’s Theme
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope: The Throne Room/Finale

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope: Princess Leia Theme
E.T. the extra-terrestrial: Flying Theme
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back: The Imperial March

Berliner Philharmoniker / Berlin Philharmonic
Bruno Delepelaire cello*
John Williams conductor

length: 116 min
subtitles: English, German, Japanese

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John Williams - The Berlin Concert Album Cover
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