New Releases: John Williams film scores arranged for violin; Mozart Clarinet Quintet

2 September 2019, 10:00 | Updated: 2 September 2019, 10:01

Classic FM Album of the Week & Drive Discovery
Classic FM Album of the Week & Drive Discovery. Picture: Deutsche Grammophon / Alpha

Throughout the week Classic FM’s presenters bring you the best new recordings, including world exclusives and premiere broadcasts of latest releases. This week: John Williams film scores arranged for the violin, plus Mozart clarinet works.

John Suchet's Album of the Week Classic FM
John Suchet's Album of the Week. Picture: Classic FM

John Suchet plays a track from his featured Album of the Week at 10.15am every weekday.

Album of the Week, Anne-Sophie Mutter plays John Williams violin transcriptions film scores across the stars
Album of the Week, Anne-Sophie Mutter plays John Williams. Picture: Deutsche Grammophon

John Williams: Across the Stars – Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin)

All this week, John is showcasing this special collaboration between John Williams and violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter.

Across the Stars is a collection of Williams’ most iconic scores, including the Theme from Schindler’s List and Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter, in new arrangements by the composer for violin.

The pair worked together closely for this project, with Williams telling Billboard recently that “Anne-Sophie has brought new life to the pieces” with “a new point of view, a new way of hearing them [and] a new way of revealing whatever is in them.”

The disc also features highlights from Star Wars and Dracula. We can’t wait to play them for you.

Find out more and listen to a taster below.

Read more: John Williams is releasing an album of film themes with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter

Anne-Sophie Mutter - Williams: Hedwig's Theme (From "Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone" )

John Brunning's Drive Discovery Classic FM
John Brunning's Drive Discovery. Picture: Classic FM

John Brunning plays a track from his featured Drive Discovery at 6.20pm every weekday.

Drive Discovery: Mozart Clarinet Quintet
Drive Discovery: Mozart Clarinet Quintet. Picture: Alpha

Mozart: Clarinet Quintet – Florent Héau (clarinet)
Deutsche Grammophon

This collection containing Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet, K. 581, as well as the K. 378 and K. 380 Quartets, is part of Alpha’s ongoing effort to champion Baroque and Classical treasures and rarities ripe for rediscovery.

The soloist is Florent Héau, a French clarinetist with Paris Conservatoire and tuition with the legendary Michel Arrignon in his lineage, and here he teams up with the Manfred Quartet.

Mozart composed his Clarinet Quintet in 1789 for a friend of his – the clarinettist Anton Stadler.