Sony Classical is today releasing a brand-new album paying tribute to iconic composer James Horner (1953-2015), available everywhere now just days ahead of what would have been the celebrated musician’s 65th birthday on August 14.
The Classics is an all-new collection showcasing Horner’s greatest works from Titanic, Avatar, Troy and Braveheart, to name a few. The vivid collection of back-to-back blockbuster hits brings together Horner’s unmistakeable movie themes, re-imagined in arrangements especially written for some of our top musicians including internet sensations, The Piano Guys; cello wizards, 2CELLOS and Tina Guo; outstanding guitarist, Craig Ogden; Classic BRIT Award-winning saxophonist, Amy Dickson together with leading harpist, Lavinia Meijer; acclaimed violinist, Lindsey Stirling and exceptional piano discovery, Alexis Ffrench. This album pays fitting tribute to the much-missed composer by spotlighting Horner’s musical versatility and absolute mastery of the genre and presenting an array of key themes from his magnificent scores.
In celebration of the new album, renowned cellist Tina Guo has released the music video (watch below) to accompany her arrangement of the theme from the 1985 Ron Howard-directed film Cocoon. “It was a huge honor recording the Avatar and Cocoon tracks on this new album,” Tina says. “All of James’ music is gorgeous and the new arrangements for cello and orchestra created for this CD to commemorate his amazing life and body of work are gorgeous – I’m just humbled to have been a small part of it!” The video itself is a highly conceptual visual that captures both the essence of the film as well as Tina’s signature storytelling style.
James Horner – The Classics:
My Heart Will Go On (From ‘Titanic’): 2CELLOS
Rooftop Kiss (From ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’): Lavinia Meijer
Willow’s Theme (From ‘Willow’): Amy Dickson
Theme from Cocoon (From ‘Cocoon’): Tina Guo
Main Title (From ‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan’)
I See You (From ‘Avatar’): Tina Guo
Field of Dreams (From ‘Field of Dreams’): Craig Ogden
Somewhere Out There (From ‘An American Tail’): Amy Dickson & Lavinia Meijer
For the Love of a Princess (From ‘Braveheart’): 2CELLOS
The Ludlows (From ‘Legends Of The Fall’): Lindsey Stirling
Jake’s First Flight (From ‘Avatar’): The Piano Guys
Boys Playing Airplanes (From ‘The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas’): Alexis Ffrench
Main Title (From ‘Apollo 13’): David Elton
Briseis and Achilles (From ‘Troy’): Lindsey Stirling