John Williams Recordings


This discography is the main focus of this site. Recordings are, after all, the only way most people will get to hear John Williams play, and his recording career is both more extensive and wide-ranging than that of any other professional classical guitarist. This page contains a listing of John Williams' complete recording history, in reverse chronological order (i.e. latest releases first), each item on which which will take you to a page with full details of that recording and an opportunity to listen to samples or buy the CD from Amazon.

Compilations or re-editions are denoted in the list below by (C) after the album title, and their details are cross-referenced with the source recordings, although simple CD re-issues of earlier LP recordings do not have separate entries. Please note that this listing is based on my own collection, and whilst the list of original recordings is complete, I do not own, or perhaps even know about, every John Williams compilation, re-issue or non-UK release. If you have further information or know of any recording not listed here or on the detailed pages, please let me know.

The separate Recorded Works page lists all recorded compositions in alphabetical order by composer, which is linked to all the relevant detailed pages.

A few video or TV recordings of John Williams performances have been made commercially available on video and form a separate videography.

2011 John Williams and Richard Harvey's World Tour, Message to the Future (DVD) Altus
2011 The Guitarist 3CD Set Sony BMG
2010 Cavatina - The Complete Fly & Cube Recordings (2CD) (C) Salvo
2010 The Beginning of a Legend Volumes I & II(C) Dynamic
2009 The Guitar Is Their Song (DVD) Mel Bay
2009 Andre Previn 80th Birthday Celebration Sony BMG
2009 Virtuoso Guitar (C) Essential Media
2008 From a Bird JCW
2008 Pure Acoustic West One Music
2006 Places Between Sony
2006 Great Performances - Bach Lute Suites (C) Sony
2005 Simple Gifts Deutsche Grammophon
2005 Testament BBC/Testament
2005 The Essential John Williams (2CD) (C) Metro
2004 The Ultimate Guitar Collection (2CD) (C) Sony
2004 Rosemary and Thyme Sanctuary Classics
2003 El Diablo Suelto Sony
2003 The Seville Concert (Expanded Edition) Sony
2003 The Guitarist (Expanded Edition) Sony
2002 Guitar Music (3CD) (C) Sony
2002 Spanish Dreams (C) Sony
2001 Perpetual Motion Sony
2001 Invocación Y Danza (C) Sony
2001 John Williams Plays Bach (C) Sony "Music For You"
2001 The Magic Box Sony
2000 English Guitar Music (C) Essential Classics
2000 The Essential John Williams (C) Metro
2000 Classic Williams - Romance of the Guitar (C) Sony
1999 Plague and the Moonflower Altus
1999 When Night Falls Sony
1999 The Prayer Cycle Sony
1999 Schubert and Giuliani Sony
1996 Great Performances - Rodrigo (C) Sony
1999 Guitar Moods (C) Decca
1999 Bach and Scarlatti (C) Belart
1999 Spanish Guitar Favourites (C) Decca
1998 The Guitarist Sony
1998 In My Life MCA
1997 Great Expectations Atlantic
1997 The Very Best of John Williams (C) Crimson
1997 The Black Decameron Sony
1996 John Williams Plays the Movies (and The World of John Williams) Sony
1996 Bach Lute Music: Volume 2 (C) Essential Classics
1996 Bach Lute Music: Volume 1 (C) Essential Classics
1996 Paganini, Scarlatti, Giuliani & Villa-Lobos (C) Essential Classics
1996 Dodgson and Rodrigo (C) Essential Classics
1996 Concertos by Harvey and Gray Sony
1996 The Mantis & the Moon Sony
1995 George Martin presents the Medici Quartet Classic FM
1994 The Guitar Album (C) Sony (Holland only)
1994 Julian Bream and John Williams Ultimate Collection (C) BMG
1994 The Great Paraguayan (From The Jungles of Paraguay) Sony
1994 Nigel Westlake: Onomatopoeia Tall Poppies
1994 From Australia Sony
1993 Together (Expanded Edition on CD) RCA
1993 Together Again (Expanded Edition on CD) RCA
1993 The Seville Concert Sony
1992 Iberia Sony
1992 Takemitsu Sony
1991 Benjamin Verdery: Some Towns and Cities Newport Classic NDP85519
1991 The Best of John Williams (C) Music Club
1991 Rodrigo, Giuliani and Vivaldi (C) Essential Classics
1991 Latin American Guitar Music by Barrios and Ponce (C) Essential Classics
1991 Guitar Recital (C) Decca
1990 Spanish Guitar Music (C) Essential Classics
1990 Vivaldi Concertos Sony
1990 Bach: Four Lute Suites (C) CBS
1990 Leyenda CBS
1989 The Golden Guitar (C) CBS
1989 Rodrigo and Albéniz (C) CBS
1989 Rodrigo Concertos (C) CBS
1989 Guitar Concertos (2CD) (C) CBS
1989 Spanish Guitar Favourites (C) CBS
1989 The Great Guitar Concertos (2CD) (C) CBS
1989 Spirit of the Guitar: Music of the Americas CBS/Sony
1988 John Williams - The Collection (C) Castle
1988 The Baroque Album CBS/Sony
1988 A Fish Called Wanda Milan
1987 Unforgettable John Williams (C) Castle
1987 The World of John Williams (C) K-Tel
1987 Fragments of a Dream CBS/ Sony
1987 Paul Hart Concerto for Guitar and Jazz Orchestra CBS/Sony
1987 Emma's War Filmtrax
1986 Le Grand Classique (C) CBS/Guy Laroche
1986 The Essential Collection (C) Castle
1986 Classic Aid: Concert in Aid of The UNHCR CBS
1986 Echoes of London CBS
1985 Hounds of Love EMI Manhattan
1985 Bach, Handel, Marcello: Concertos CBS/Sony
1984 Rodrigo CBS
1983 Cadmium ... Ariola
1983 The Guitar is the Song: A Folksong Collection CBS/Sony
1983 Let The Music Take You CBS/QNote
1983 The Honorary Consul Island (single)
1983 Sky Five Live Ariola
1982 Portrait of John Williams CBS/Sony
1982 Just Guitars: A Concert in Aid of The Samaritans CBS
1982 Sky Forthcoming Ariola
1982 John Williams and Peter Hurford Play Bach CBS
1981 Sky 3 Ariola
1981 Echoes of Spain - Albeniz CBS
1981 Great Performances: Rodrigo (C) CBS
1980 Sky 2 Ariola
1980 The Guitar Music of John Williams (C) Tellydisc
1980 Guitar Festival (C) Cube Holland
1980 The Platinum Collection (2LP) (C) Cube Records
1980 Bridges (C) Lotus Music/K-Tel
1980 Guitar Quintets CBS
1979 Spotlight on John Williams (2LP) (C) Cube Records
1979 Morning Sky (C) Cube Records
1979 John Williams at His Best (C) Neon
1979 Cavatina(C) Cube Records
1979 The Deer Hunter Capitol
1979 The Secret Policeman's Ball Island
1979 Sky Ariola
1979 Recollections (C) CBS
1979 Julian Bream & John Williams Live RCA
1979 John Williams plays Stephen Dodgson (C) CBS
1978 Manuel Ponce CBS
1978 Travelling Cube Records
1978 John Williams Collection (C) CBS
1978 John Williams Plays Paganini (C) CBS
1978 Stevie CBS
1978 Malcolm Arnold and Leo Brouwer Concertos CBS
1977 Mermaid Frolics Polydor
1977 John Williams ~ Barrios CBS
1977 Castenuovo-Tedesco, Arnold and Dodgson Concertos CBS
1977 Guitar Recital (Double LP) (C) Decca
1977 John Williams plays Bach and Scarlatti (C) Decca
1977 John Williams plays Spanish Favourites (C) Decca
1977 John Williams Plays Patrick Gowers (C) CBS
1977 The Sly Cormorant Argo (Decca)
1976 Villa-Lobos and Scarlatti (C) CBS
1976 John Williams and Friends CBS
1976 Duos CBS
1976 Best Friends RCA
1975 Bach: Complete Lute Music CBS
1974 John Williams' Greatest Hits (C) CBS
1974 Rodrigo & Villa-Lobos CBS
1974 Together Again (a.k.a. Julian and John 2) RCA
1974 Rhapsody CBS
1974 Schoenberg: Serenade Decca
1973 The Height Below Cube Records
1973 "John Williams" (C) Japan
1973 Music from England, Japan, Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina and Mexico CBS
1972 Recuerdos de la Alhambra (C) Japan
1972 John Williams Plays More Spanish Music and Other Favourites (C) CBS
1972 Greatest Hits-The Guitar (C) Columbia
1972 Previn and Ponce Concertos CBS
1972 Gowers Chamber Concerto, Scarlatti Sonatas CBS
1972 Together (a.k.a. Julian and John) RCA
1972 Guitar Recital (I & II) (C) Ace of Diamonds
1971 Music for Guitar and Harpsichord CBS
1971 Pomegranite Cube Records (7" single)
1971 Changes Cube Records
1971 200 Motels United Artists
1971 The Raging Moon EMI
1971 Songs of Freedom - Theodorakis CBS
1970 Webern: Complete Works CBS/Philips
1970 John Williams Plays Spanish Music CBS
1969 Songs for Voice and Guitar CBS
1969 Concertos by Vivaldi and Giuliani CBS
1969 Virtuoso Variations for Guitar CBS
1968 Haydn and Paganini CBS
1968 Two Guitar Concertos (Rodrigo and Dodgson) CBS
1967 More Virtuoso Music for Guitar CBS
1965 Two Guitar Concertos (Rodrigo and Castelnuovo-Tedesco) CBS
1965 Virtuoso Music For Guitar CBS
1964 CBS [Columbia] Records Presents John Williams CBS
1963 Tom Krause Recital: Songs by Sibelius and Strauss London
1963 Jacqueline du Pré: Recital EMI
1963 Twenty Studies for Guitar Westminster
1962 Schoenberg: Serenade L'Oiseau-Lyre
1961 A Spanish Guitar Westminster
1961 Folk-Songs L'Oiseau-Lyre
1958 Guitar Recital Volumes 1 & 2 Delysé

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