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Album Review

John Williams skillfully utilizes the formidable talents of renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and equally beloved violinist Itzhak Perlman to flesh out director Rob Marshall's celluloid rendering of the bestselling novel by Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha. Elegant and predictable, Williams sticks to the source, building grand Western themes off of traditional Japanese melodies with a heady mix of regional instrumentation (shakuhachi and koto) and cinematic know-how. This is the composer at his most refined and nuanced, providing a textbook example of professional composition that revels in its subject matter without ever intruding.

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Pure Mastery

John Williams can draw music out of silence, and make music so beautiful that it is almost tangible. He weaves delicate melodies with unmatched skill to completely satisfy the film and the score. This album is truly amazing, and Yo-Yo Ma brings Williams' music to life in a most amazing display of musicianship and stunning quality. Itzhak Perlman is unrivaled in his craftsmanship. Beautiful album, wonderful film.

Hauntingly Beautiful

The book was great, the movie is incredible...but the soundtrack takes the cake! John Williams and Yo-Yo Ma make an excellent team for creating such beautiful music. I love the whole cd, but my favorite tracks are The Chairman's Waltz, and Sayuri's Theme.

Memoirs Of A Geisha

I've got to say, this is one of my favorite composers. The music is well created and just simply beautiful. I would recomend this album to anybody.


Born: February 8, 1932 in Flushing, NY

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The most popular film composer of the modern era, John Williams created music for some of the most successful motion pictures in Hollywood history -- Star Wars, E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, and Jurassic Park are just three of the credits in his extensive oeuvre. Born February 8, 1932, in Long Island, NY, he was himself the son of a movie studio musician, and he followed in his father's footsteps by studying music at UCLA and Juilliard; initially, he pursued a career as a jazz pianist, later working...
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