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Master of Fantasy

John Williams tells Donald Macleod how he created the fantastical musical worlds of Harry Potter, Jurassic Park and AI. Plus a unique concerto for the bassoon.

Music of the fantastical and the fabulous today, as John Williams explains to Donald Macleod how he created his scores for Jurassic Park and to the Harry Potter series - with musical highlights from the first three Williams-scored films, in which the composer's love of Viennese waltzes, big band jazz, and Victorian Gothic are given free rein...

After a unique concerto for bassoon and orchestra, inspired by trees and the writings of Robert Graves, John Williams introduces a score unique in his output - his music to Spielberg's A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, in which he draws upon the minimalist style of Philip Glass and John Adams to create one of his finest futuristic scores.

1 hour

Music Played

  • John Williams

    Suite From Jurassic Park

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra. Conductor: John Williams.
    • SONY CLASSICAL S2K51333.
  • John Williams

    Bassoon Concerto: Five Sacred Trees - Eo Rossa

    Performer: Judith LeClair. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: John Williams.
    • SONY CLASSICAL: SK62729.
    • 3.
  • John Williams

    Bassoon Concerto: Five Sacred Trees - Craeb Uisnig

    Performer: Judith LeClair. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: John Williams.
    • SONY CLASSICAL: SK62729.
    • 4.
  • John Williams

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Hedwig's Theme

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra. Conductor: John Williams.
    • WARNER: 7567930865.
    • 19.
  • John Williams

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Aunt Marge's Waltz

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra. Conductor: John Williams.
    • WARNER: 7567837115.
    • 2.
  • John Williams

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban -The Knight Bus

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra. Conductor: John Williams.
    • WARNER: 7567837115.
    • 3.
  • John Williams

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Professor Hagrid

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra. Conductor: John Williams.
    • WARNER: 7567837115.
    • 11.
  • John Williams

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - The Dementors Converge

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra. Conductor: John Williams.
    • WARNER: 7567837115.
    • 19.
  • John Williams

    A.I.: Artificial Intelligence - The Mecha World

    Orchestra: Hollywood Studio Symphony. Conductor: John Williams.
    • WARNER: 9362480962.
    • 1.
  • John Williams

    A.I.: Artificial Intelligence - Rouge City

    Orchestra: Hollywood Studio Symphony. Conductor: John Williams.
    • WARNER: 9362480962.
    • 10.
  • John Williams

    A.I.: Artificial Intelligence - The Reunion

    Orchestra: Hollywood Studio Symphony. Conductor: John Williams.
    • WARNER: 9362480962.
    • 12.

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