For the Saving Private Ryan score, composer John Williams decided that, less is more. In taking this approach, the score turns out to be some of the most emotionally powerful music that he has done, in quite some time. "Hymn To The Fallen (Main Title)" is patriotc, majestic, and moving. The track is repeated again at the end of the CD. But the music influences all of the others as well. I think it is rather amazing that Mr. Williams used this less is more tact, even as the on screen action got intense. He resisted the temptation for broad compositions, and though the music has its moments of excitement, like "Defense Preparations", it never gets out of hand. I think this atypical tactic makes the musical score that much better. It reflects a great respect for all of those servicemen and women who faught for our freedom in WW II. This score is recommended for inclusion in anyone's soundtrack collection.
The CD has 10 tracks, and a playing time of 64 minutes, 13 seconds **** and a half stars.