Recorded over five days at Sony Pictures’ Scoring Stage in Los Angeles with the 70-piece Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles, new album Across the Stars will include familiar themes to the Star Wars franchises, Happy Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Memoirs of a Geisha and Schindler’s List. Deutsche Grammophon releases the album on Aug. 30.
Today (Aug. 29), Billboard premieres the haunting theme to Schindler’s List, originally made famous by violinist Itzhak Perlman.
“Anne-Sophie has brought new life to the pieces,” Williams tells Billboard. “A new point of view, a new way of hearing them, a new way of revealing whatever is in them.”
For her part, performing the exquisite pieces from the movie was an emotional experience. “The main theme and ‘Remembrances’ from Schindler’s List are so heart-wrenching that in a concert it’s impossible to play anything else after either piece — there’s simply nothing left to say,” Mutter says.
The pair first met nearly a decade ago after their mutual friend, the late conductor Andre Previn introduced them. Their first partnership was “Markings,” a piece Williams wrote for solo violin, strings and harp, which Mutter premiered in 2017 at the Tanglewood Music Festival.
Williams, who has won five Oscars, transformed his themes for Mutter. “Presented on the violin, they become a different emotional experience,” he said in a statement. For example, his newly arranged version of “Hedwig’s Theme” from the Harry Potter films, he and Mutter describe as “Harry Potter meets Paginini” and “a Carmen Fantasy for the 21st century.”
On Sept. 14, Mutter will perform an all-Williams program, conducted by David Newman, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Munich’s Königsplatz.
Listen to the theme from Schindler’s List below, and check out the track list for Across the Stars below.
Rey’s Theme – from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Yoda’s Theme – from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Hedwig’s Theme – from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Across the Stars (Love Theme) – from Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
Donnybrook Fair – from Far and Away
Sayuri’s Theme – from Memoirs of a Geisha
Night Journeys – from Dracula
Theme – from Sabrina
The Duel – from The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
.Luke and Leia – from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
Nice to Be Around – from Cinderella Liberty
Theme – from Schindler’s List