At last! Magnum opus fantasy score by James Horner receives expanded 2-CD set!
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At last! Magnum opus fantasy score by James Horner receives expanded 2-CD set! A LucasFilm Production, Ron Howard directs, scripted by Bob Dolman, story by George Lucas who also executive produces with Val Kilmer, Warwick Davis sharing majority of the screen time with Joanne Whalley, Billy Barty, Jean Marsh all nearby. Evil sorceress Bavmorda imprisons all pregnant women in her domain to prevent birth of a baby prophesied to bring about the end of her reign. Said baby is born and cast adrift, with Bavmorda, her vicious Nockmaar Hounds and her army in pursuit. Enter Willow Ufgood and the Nelwyns, who find the infant. A perilous adventure ensues that involves the Brownies, a fairy queen, an aging enchantress… and flamboyant rogue and expert swordsman Madmartigan. James Horner took inspiration from rousing action and swordplay as well as fantastic special effects made by ILM, including landmark early use of digital morphing technology, a CGI breakthrough. Film unfolds with generous amount of dazzle dazzle and derring-do but also offers darker side to fantastic tale, especially in latter battle and climactic duel sequence. Horner showcases his energetic youthful big-orchestra vernacular on one hand while balancing with his newly-maturing severe, intense musical vocabulary, resulting in incredibly wide-ranging score. Richly drawn main theme anchors, makes key appearances, shares time with exhilarating theme for Madmartigan, takes back seat to ferocious sequences, then ultimately brings score home. Besides colorful array of material, score is also notable for several lengthy cues, amongst the longest of the composer’s career. Massive pieces often play as movements of a symphony, developing ideas with cohesion, complexity, generating considerable tension, then relief - no easy feat: “Canyon Of Mazes” (7 minutes), “Tir Asleen” (10 minutes), “Bavmorda’s Spell Is Cast” (18 minutes), “Willow The Sorcerer” (12 minutes) are massive, masterful works for large symphony orchestra. Generous original 1988 album featured over 70 minutes of music but film’s wall-to-wall scoring included over 100 minutes of music! Finally, on this Intrada 2-CD presentation, some 107 minutes of music by Horner appears, with a wealth of previously unavailable cues, including aggressive, fierce “Death Dogs”, colorful and fantastic “Enchanted Forest”, and riveting and florid “Sled Ride”, all courtesy LucasFilm and Disney, mastered from original digital stereo mixes made by Shawn Murphy at the scoring sessions and beautifully preserved by engineer Simon Rhodes. Front cover art by John Alvin, package design by Kay Marshall, booklet notes by Frank DeWald. Score recorded in January & February 1988 at Abbey Road Studios. Greig McRitchie orchestrates, James Horner composes, conducts. Intrada Special Collection 2-CD available while quantities and interest remain!
WILLOW • MUSICIANS ROSTER LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Engineer: Shawn Murphy January 25–28, February 2, 3, 5, 6, 9 & 12, 1988 Abbey Road Studio 1
FIRST VIOLIN Arbuckle, Ashley (Leader) Brightman, Robin Broadbent, Nigel Lister Clark, Robert Colter, Sydney Findlay, Gillian Anne Helen Gaines, Dennis Goodall, David Humphrey, Michael Mackenzie, James Lennox Nixon, Joyce Renwick, Colin John Retallick, Robert Henry Reuben, Cyril Snell, Dominie Juliet Spencer, Michael John
SECOND VIOLIN Hill, Warwick Collen (Principal) Artis, Samuel Brown, William Paton Castle, Stanley Clarke, Norman John Creese, Geoffrey McDonough, Ian Robert Morton, (Paul) Terence Pollock, Andrew Rowlinson, Stephen Swift, Thomas Thomas, M. Watson, Neil A. Williams, David
VIOLA Taylor, Alexander (Principal) Burns, Duff Clarke, Brian Forrester, J. Holttum, Richard John Hooley, M. Hooley, Patrick Hume, David Mack, Brian Mountfort, L. Norris, Peter O'Neill, Caroline Sumpton, William Vermont, Patrick Welch, Jonathan C.
CELLO Cummings, Douglas (Principal) Adams, Raymond Bergin, Mary Patricia Bradshaw, Noel Brown, Jennifer Mary Cole, Joanne Gethin, Nicholas G. F. Jones, Hilary Susan Law, Kenneth McGrath, Roderick John Saunders, Francis Patrick Truelove, Amanda
BASS Mollison, Bruce (Principal) Cooper, John Eyres, Ian Griffiths, Arthur B Hetherington, Simon Edward Hill, John Laurence, Patrick Aynsley Marrion, Paul Newson, Gerald Keith Worters, Nicholas A. C.
FLUTE Edmund-Davies, Paul (Principal) Nolan, Francis (Piccolo) Parry, Martin
OBOE Carter, Roy (Principal) Browne, Geoffrey Lawley, John Pendrill, Christine (English Horn)
CLARINET Marriner, Andrew (Principal) Jowitt, Roy Kelly, Thomas Moore, Ronald Stenhouse, John (Bass Clarinet)
BASSOON Gatt, Martin (Principal) Bourton, Robert Francis, Peter (Contrabassoon) Hunka, Nicholas
FRENCH HORN Seenan, Hugh (Principal) Brown, James Clarke, Roger Haskins, William Lipton, Jonathan Reading, Stephen
TRUMPET Murphy, Maurice (Principal) Hall, Malcolm Reynolds, George Smith, Malcolm
TROMBONE Wick, Denis (Principal) Crees, Eric Groves, Roger Harvey, Peter (Bass Trombone) Mathison, Frank (Bass Trombone) Wills, Simon
TUBA Harrild, Patrick Terence (Principal)
TIMPANI Goedicke, Kurt-Hans
PERCUSSION Frye, Michael (Principal) Allen, E. Northcott, Raymond Stanley Nutty, Kevin Thomas, Chris Wardle, S.
HARP Ellis, Osian Vaughan, Moira Karen
PIANO Noble, Robert (Principle) Elms, R. Leech, J. Round, Michael