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The Music of John Williams: 40 Years of Film Music


  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Sugarland Express, film score: Main Theme
    2. Jaws, film score: Main Theme
    3. Close Encounters of the Third Kind, film score: Suite
    4. Raiders of the Lost Ark, film score: March
    5. Raiders of the Lost Ark, film score: The Map Room / Dawn
    6. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, film score: Adventures on Earth
    7. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, film score: Mine Car Chase
    8. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, film score: End Credits
    9. Empire of the Sun, film score: Exsultate Justi
    10. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, film score: Indy's First Adventure
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, film score: End Credits
    2. Always, film score: Follow Me / Dorinda's Solo Flight
    3. Hook, film score: Main Themes
    4. Jurassic Park, film score: Main Themes
    5. Schindler's List, film score: Main Theme
    6. Amistad, film score: Dry Your Tears Afrika
    7. Saving Private Ryan, film score: Hymn to the Fallen
    8. A.I. (Artificial Intelligence), film score: Where Dreams are Made
    9. Minority Report, film score: Main Theme - (Minority Report Remix)
    10. Catch Me If You Can, film score: Main Theme
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Rare Breed, film score: Suite, The (Universal Emblem / Hilary's Plight / Scottish Romeo / The Hunt)
    2. Jane Eyre, film score: Suite. The Jane Eyre Theme
    3. Jane Eyre, film score: Suite. To Thornfield
    4. Jane Eyre, film score: Suite. Restoration
    5. Cowboys, film score: Overture, The
    6. Poseidon Adventure, film score: Prelude, The
    7. Towering Inferno, film score: Main Titles, The
    8. Family Plot, film score: End Titles
    9. Fury, film score: Main Titles, The
    10. Superman, film score: Main Theme
    11. Dracula, film score (1979): Main Titles & Storm
    12. River, film score: Main Theme & Love Theme, The
    13. Witches of Eastwick, film score: Dance of the Witches, The
    0. DISC 4:
    1. Born on the Fourth of July, film score: End Credits
    2. Presumed Innocent, film score: End Titles
    3. JFK, film score: Arlington / End Titles
    4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, film score: Hedwig's Theme
    5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, film score: Fawkes the Phoenix
    6. Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score: Main Themes
    7. Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, film score: Han Solo & the Princess
    8. Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, film score: The Imperial March
    9. Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace, film score: Anakin's Theme
    10. Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace, film score: The Flag Parade
    11. Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones, film score: Across the Stars
    12. Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace, film score: Duel of the Fates
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 810

  • Credits
    ProducerJames Fitzpatrick
    EngineerEric Tomlinson; John Timperley; Mike Ross-Trevor; Jan Holzner

    Personnel: Charlotte Kinder (vocals, soprano); Steve Lockwood (harmonica); Jaroslav Klepac (piano, celesta).
    Recording information: Smecky Studios, Prague, Czech Republic; Sony Studios, London, England.
    Editor: Gareth Williams.
    Unknown Contributor Role: City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.
    Arrangers: Al Woodbury; John Williams ; Adam Saunders; Lawrence Dominello; Christopher Tin; Hubert Spencer; Mark McGurty; Mike Townend; Peter Smith ; Richard Franklin; Paul Bateman; John Neufeld; Nic Raine.
    Reynold da Silva's Silva Screen Records (of which Prime Time is an imprint) has devoted itself to new recordings of film music (usually, as here, performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra), and its box set The Music of John Williams: 40 Years of Film Music, filling four CDs and running over three hours and 45 minutes, is one of its most ambitious efforts. That's appropriate for Williams, both because he is the most successful film composer of the 40-year period beginning in the early '60s and because his music is produced on such a large scale. Since the '70s, Williams has been associated with directors Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, and he has matched their blockbuster films with his large-scale scores, producing some of the most memorable themes of the era, including instantly recognizable music from Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and the Star Wars and Indiana Jones series. Spielberg and Lucas have often attempted to evoke the styles of the old serials of the '40s, such as Flash Gordon, but on an epic scale, and Williams has done much the same thing with his music, which owes little or nothing to the more jazz- and rock-influenced film composers of the '50s and '60s, and everything to the film composers of an earlier generation, such as Franz Waxman and Victor Young, with its sweeping orchestral statements, martial rhythms, and grandly ornamented melodies. Yet, like the directors, Williams does it all with a slight wink to the audience. This collection doesn't restrict itself to Williams' best-known work, but it does demonstrate that even in his lesser-known pieces, his style is often much the same. The overture from The Cowboys, for example, while employing some standard Western elements familiar from Hollywood movies of decades before, also has a hint of Star Wars. Even when he is scoring a more downbeat film like Born on the Fourth of July, Williams can't seem to help writing his usual uplifting music. Despite its length, this collection can't do more than offer excerpts of Williams' extensive work, but the sampling is representative, and the best of the composer's familiar themes is included. ~ William Ruhlmann

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