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Acclaimed John Williams concert remixed in Dolby Atmos for Amazon Music HD and Blu-ray

One of John Williams most celebrated live concerts has been remixed in immersive Dolby Atmos. From today John Williams and the Wiener Philharmoniker’s Live in Vienna concert can be heard in Dolby Atmos on Amazon Music HD, or bought on Blu-ray, as part of a Live in Vienna Blu-ray and CD special edition.

The new sound mix promises to bring both the audience and orchestra closer than ever before. It’ll also make the Star Wars march sound even more imperious…

“There are so many wonderful details and spatial effects in music that are lost in the standard stereo mix, but which are brought to life through the Dolby Atmos technology,” says Clemens Trautmann, President of Deutsche Grammophon, “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.”

“There are so many wonderful details and spatial effects in music that are lost in the standard stereo mix…”

John Williams and violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter Images © Terry Linke / Deutsche Grammophon

The legendary film music composer has won multiple awards for his memorable scores, including five Oscars, five Emmys, four Golden Globes and twenty-five Grammys. His work is synonymous with Stars Wars saga, Jaws and Jurassic Park.

For those not up to speed, Dolby Atmos Music is a 3D audio experience that adds more space and depth to audio. Listeners can discover hidden details and subtleties with unparalleled clarity. To listen on Amazon Music HD, you’ll need to both subscribe to the premium service, and have an Amazon Echo Studio speaker. The Blu-ray edition can be played in any Blu-ray player, via a Dolby Atmos home cinema system.

In what was Williams’ European conducting debut, he was joined on stage at the Vienna Musikverein venue by the Wiener Philharmoniker, and celebrated violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. 

“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,” says Williams.

About Steve May

Creator of Home Cinema Choice magazine, Steve muses and reviews for Trusted Reviews, T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice, Ideal Home, The Luxe Review, Channel News and the i newspaper. He’s also the editor of professional home cinema website Inside CI, and contributor to industry trade magazine ERT. He's on Twitter and Instagram as @SteveMay_UK

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