Greeted on stage at the Musikverein with a standing ovation before a single note had been played John Williams described the chance to work with the Wiener Philharmoniker as “one of the greatest honours of my life". During the concert Williams was joined on the Musikverein stage by Anne-Sophie Mutter to perform a series of virtuosic adaptations written specially for her by Williams, including “Hedwig’s Theme” from the Harry Potter films, “Devil’s Dance” from The Witches of Eastwick and the Theme from Sabrina.
“Anne-Sophie Mutter is many things,” Williams said, as he introduced her. “She is one of the world’s greatest violinists; she is a wonderful mother; she brings honour to her country. And in going to Australia, Asia, South America, North America, Europe, she’s indeed a very great world citizen.”
The album will be released today, including versions with Dolby Atmos sound, in both audio and video across the following multiple formats: CD (audio), CD + Blu-ray video (a Deluxe Edition including Dolby Atmos on the Blu-ray video), vinyl (audio), digital (audio and video, where a Dolby Atmos version of the audio album is available on Amazon Music HD (playback via an Echo Studio) in Germany, Japan, UK and USA).
John Williams commented: “Performing at such a prestigious venue as the Musikverein with the magnificent Wiener Philharmoniker and the incomparable Anne-Sophie Mutter was a very great privilege indeed. I’m delighted that listeners will be able to share that experience through the special technology of Dolby Atmos.”
Clemens Trautmann, President, Deutsche Grammophon said: “As the label that was founded by the inventor of the Gramophone, Deutsche Grammophon has always embraced technological innovation. Building on the long tradition of our engineers, who produced multi-track and quadrophonic recordings in the 1970s and 1980s, Deutsche Grammophon was the first label to create Dolby Atmos mixes of entire symphony cycles starting in 2017. There are so many wonderful details and spatial effects in classical music that are lost in the standard stereo mix, but which are brought to life through the Dolby Atmos technology, adding another dimension to the listening experience. The ‘John Williams in Vienna’ album is a perfect showcase for that: the world’s most renowned film music composer with one of the top orchestras in the fabled acoustics of Musikverein.”