Exclusive video podcast with soundtrack record producer Mike Matessino discussing his restoration work on John Williams's thrilling score for the sci-fi classic directed by Steven Spielberg in 2005

Hosted by Maurizio Caschetto and Tim Burden

Steven Spielberg's big-budget adaptation of the sci-fi classic novel by H.G. Wells War of the Worlds marked the 22nd collaboration between the esteemed director and composer John Williams. The film turned out to be a very unique and perhaps even personal project for the director, who took the opportunity to craft a grim moral tale disguised as an action-packed sci-fi drama.

The movie presented a unique challenge for composer John Williams. The music accompanies the drama with his usual skillfull dramatic sensibility, giving the film's action sequences its necessary propulsive energy, but at the same time avoiding any kind of leeway to conventional scoring. Instead the music enhances the dark, grim tone of the film through violent Herrmann-esque orchestral colors (12 horns, 2 tubas, 5 trombones, 2 sets of timpani playing antiphonally), unstable harmonic language and an overall tone of fragilty and uncertainty. 

The new remastered edition released by soundtrack specialty label Intrada Records has been meticolously restored and produced by Mike Matessino, who worked from the original audio elements to rebuild from scratch the mixes and all the performance edits. The new release is spreaded on two CDs--Disc 1 presents the complete 80-minutes film score with all the cues in chronological order as they appear in the film (including unreleased and extended material), while Disc 2 offers the remastered original soundtrack album, plus a slew of alternate cues that reveal Williams' meticolous creative process for the film.

In this conversation with The Legacy of John Williams, Mike Matessino offers his deep thoughts about how this new release of War of the Worlds came about, how the perception on the film and some of its most controversial aspects changed throughout the years and became even more relevant in today's world, the role of the music within the film and how the new edition was meticolously assembled and produced.

Special Thanks to Mike Matessino and Tim Burden, and to Douglass Fake and Roger Feigelson at Intrada Records

War of the Worlds - Expanded and Remastered 2-CD Edition available for purchase at http://store.intrada.com/s.nl?it=A&id=12263

Visit https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com for more information

Special episode dedicated to John Williams's iconic scores for the Star Wars film series, including a focus on the last work for the Saga, The Rise of Skywalker

Special guests: Doug Adams, Frank Lehman, Jim Ware

Hosted by Maurizio Caschetto

The music composed by John Williams for the Star Wars saga is universally acknowledged among the greatest ever written for film.

In this episode of The Legacy of John Williams podcast, editor Maurizio Caschetto is joined by author Doug Adams (writer of the best-selling book The Music of The Lord of the Rings Films), film musicologist and theorist Frank Lehman (author of the Complete Catalogue of the Musical Themes of Star Wars) and film music expert Jim Ware for an in-depth roundtable-like discussion about the legacy of the iconic music by Maestro Williams for the Star Wars saga.

Starting with commentary on the score for The Rise of Skywalker, the group goes deep into analyzing the new musical material, how it sits in the overall musical lexicon of the series and how John Williams's style evolved throughout his 40+ years musical journey.

Part 2 of the exclusive podcast featuring producer Mike Matessino on Superman: The Movie 40th Anniversary Remastered Edition, a new release from La-La Land Records of John Williams’ soaring score

Hosted by Maurizio Caschetto and Tim Burden

In Part 1 of our conversation, soundtrack record producer Mike Matessino discussed all the previous incarnations of the score released through the years, while also shedding light on the painstaking process of restoration after discovering the source materials. In Part 2, Mike talks about the historical importance of the Richard Donner film and its unforgettable score by John Williams, while also reflecting on the overall legacy of the composer and his music. He also talks about the reconstruction of the 1978 original soundtrack album program and presents an excerpt of the previously unreleased cue “Fortress of Solitude (Alternate Segment)”. We also touch briefly upon his work on the 25th Anniversary Edition of John Williams’ Schindler’s List soundtrack, released last December on La-La Land Records. Joining us in the conversation is once again radio presenter and concert producer Tim Burden.

Superman The Movie – 40th Anniversary Remastered Edition is available at lalandrecords.com

Thanks to Mike Matessino and Tim Burden. A very special thanks to La-La Land Records’ Michael V. Gerhard and Matt Verboys.

Discover more at https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2019/02/25/mike-matessino-superman-part-2/

An exclusive podcast featuring producer Mike Matessino on Superman: The Movie 40th Anniversary Remastered Edition, a new release from La-La Land Records of John Williams’ soaring score

Hosted by Maurizio Caschetto and Tim Burden

In Part 1 of this exclusive interview, Mike Matessino talks to The Legacy of John Williams‘s editor Maurizio Caschetto and radio presenter/concert producer Tim Burden about Superman: The Movie 40th Anniversary Remastered Edition, a 3-disc set available from La-La Land Records featuring a full restoration of John Williams’ score for the 1978 classic superhero film. Mike talks about previous incarnations of the score he worked on during the past decade, revealing how the working process changed through the years and how the soundtrack market business evolved. He also pays tribute to his friend Nick Redman, the legendary soundtrack producer and documentary filmmaker who recently passed away.

Superman The Movie – 40th Anniversary Remastered Edition is available at lalandrecords.com

Thanks to Mike Matessino and Tim Burden. A very special thanks to La-La Land Records’ Michael V. Gerhard and Matt Verboys.

Discover more at https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2019/02/18/mike-matessino-superman-part-1/

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