New box set explores four-decade collaboration between John Williams and Steven Spielberg

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Feb 18, 2017

When we talk about frequent film collaborators, we're usually talking about an actor and a director, or a director and a writer, or an actor and another actor, but there's an argument to be made that the greatest long-running collaboration in the history of cinema is between a director and a composer: Steven Spielberg and John Williams.

The collaboration began when Williams scored Spielberg's first feature film, The Sugarland Express, in 1974. They have now worked together for more than 40 years, creating iconic movie moments together all the while, with Williams providing the music for all but two of Spielberg's features (1985's The Color Purple and 2015's Bridge of Spies). It's impossible to imagine one's career without the other ... and now their legendary partnership is getting a new music collection to celebrate their work together.

Next month, Sony Classical will release John Williams & Steven Spielberg: The Ultimate Collection, a new three-disc set featuring new recordings of Williams' Spielberg scores. The collection updates two previous collections released in the early '90s and features recordings Williams conducted in 2016 with the Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles.

"I was very happy with the fact that when I was music director of Boston Pops, we were able to record a lot of the music that I'd written for Steven's films," Williams said in a statement. "So I said to him, 'Steven, wouldn't it be great if we could complete the Sony collection and put in all the things that we didn't have when the last disc was recorded, this time with our great orchestra here in Los Angeles?' To which Steven responded, 'This is a great idea. Let's do it!'"

The collection will cover their entire collaboration, including scores released since the previous recordings like Minority Report, The Adventures of Tintin and last year's The BFG. It will also include a new documentary, Steven Spielberg & John Williams: The Adventure Continues.

John Williams & Steven Spielberg: The Ultimate Collection arrives March 17 and is available for pre-order now.

(via THR)