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Film Music By John Williams

The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

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Album Review

Reynold da Silva's Silva Screen Records has built up a considerable library of re-recorded excerpts from film scores by employing the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, enabling the label to assemble various discs combining the material. This mid-priced compilation is a sort of John Williams best-of, presenting two- to seven-minute themes and suites from Williams' movie work, most of it done under the auspices of filmmakers Steven Spielberg and/or George Lucas. The selections date back to the famous main theme from Jaws (1975), with the most recent cues coming from films released 30 years later — Memoirs of a Geisha, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, War of the Worlds, and Munich. (2005 was a very busy year for Williams.) For better or worse, his big, simple themes have dominated Hollywood movie music over the period just as, again for better or worse, Spielberg and Lucas have dominated Hollywood movies, at least in terms of box office and overall recognition. This is not a comprehensive collection of Williams, but it does present some of the best-known portions of some of his best-known scores, performed with the Philharmonic Orchestra's usual competence.

Customer Reviews

So Hard to Choose!!!

When i saw this album, i was SO excited!!!!! John Williams is the best contemporary composer and we are lucky to have so many motion pictures set to his music. I had such a hard time choosing just one song, but i eventually chose the schindlers list theme. Fans of John Williams will not be dissappointed. What I want to know is why he is no longer doing the score for the Harry Potter films. The soundtracks since his last collaboration with the film are horrible, his were the best.

Nice...but no it's not the "BEST"

Sure you have all the essential elements for making a great "best of" album. There's "Raiders", The "War's" & Jaw's, but where's the rest? Where's "Hook" one of his top 5 best all time? How about "Close Encounters", where the heck is that on here? Oh and iTunes...don't write "Orchestral version" next to Schindlers List, it's not like there a pop version that might confuse people (although Superman had a pop version for that ablum featureing Margot Kidder - still stop this...bad iTunes...BAD!) Still this a nice ablum, even if it's only the "best" of John Williams. Please see the man in concert this summer and enjoy his music. He's a living legend...to bad this ablum isn't more representational. Until next time I'm still J to the L to the O.

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