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Saving Private Ryan Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (July 21 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • Run Time: 169 minutes
  • ASIN: B000009DUY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 110 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,360 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Hymn To The Fallen
2. Revisiting Normandy
3. Omaha Beach
4. Finding Private Ryan
5. Approaching The Enemy
6. Defense Preparations
7. Wade's Death
8. High School Teacher
9. The Last Battle
10. Hymn To The Fallen (Reprise)

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What appears on screen during the World War II movie Saving Private Ryan suggests that director Steven Spielberg has studied the hyperviolence of Quentin Tarantino, John Woo, and Stanley Kubrick (think Full Metal Jacket). What you hear, however, assures that Spielberg still collects Norman Rockwell paintings. Composed by Spielberg's long-time musical companion, John Williams, Ryan denies the pair's penchant for ebullience in favor of funereal grace. Rather than mirror the visual kinetics, Williams lends the gunfire a tone-poem aura. Oliver Stone's Platoon makes the best comparison; remember how Barber's Adagio for Strings accompanied its most bloody moments? Williams later worked with Stone on JFK and Nixon, providing scores so somber, they qualified as morose. They remain two of his best, and Saving Private Ryan shares their restraint. --Marc Weidenbaum

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Format: Audio CD
John Williams' score for "Saving Private Ryan" has less of an ability to stand on its own than any other collaboration of the celebrated composer and director Steven Spielberg. This is primarily because the Spielberg movie, with its devastating opening scenes of the assault on Omaha Beach on D-Day (sixty years ago today), does not use musical underscoring for the action sequence: as the picture changes from the eyes of the old James Patrick Ryan "Revisiting Normandy" to the young Captain Miller about to hit the beach, the music ends and does not pick up again until Miller's eyes take in the view of "Omaha Beach." This is totally appropriate for making the film effective because it is the memorable images and the sounds of battle that are compelling, not the music. However, this means that as a listening experience the soundtrack for "Saving Private Ryan" is somewhat devoid of the emotional resonance that makes the film unforgettable. The music is not really associated with what we remember from the film and which we experience every time we watch it (I know I am not the only one who spent today watching the film).
The exception that proves the rule, of course, is the opening track, "Hymn to the Fallen," which is the musical highpoint of the album and gets reprised at the end of the album. Between those two tracks this is a somber musical score and it will take you a while to be able to recognize the individual tracks between the two hymns as being distinct pieces of music. Again, this is not to say that this approach is inappropriate, just that the music enhances the images and without the images the music is lacking.
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John Williams' score for Saving Private Ryan, Steven Spielberg's searing World War II drama about eight U.S. soldiers ordered to rescue a paratrooper whose three brothers lost their lives in combat, follows the simple-is-better-than-operatic format that made his music for 1993's Schindler's List powerful and effective.
Considering that most of Williams' film scores tend to be very bombastic and energetic (his Star Wars and Indiana Jones music tends to follow the Wagner/Korngold tradition of big orchestras and action-oriented cues), it's refreshing to hear this very prolific (and much-imitated) composer use orchestral restraint where he might have been tempted to utilize strident and Sousa-like marches, as is common in most war movies, especially movies about World War II.
But starting with the reverent-yet-mournful "Hymn to the Fallen" (a piece that is not heard till the End Credits, but is nevertheless an apt start to this album), Williams utilizes musical motifs to highlight the different aspects of the Normandy invasion as experienced by Capt. John Miller (Tom Hanks) and the seven GIs who have been assigned to retrieve Pvt. James Ryan (Matt Damon) from the small airhead held by the 101 Airborne Division on the Cotentin Peninsula in the days following the D-Day landings. This beautiful yet haunting piece sets the proper tone for this album, and is reprised at the end. (Careful listeners will note that this arrangement is not used in the film, however. Williams and Spielberg use a longer version of this music that also incorporates the "Omaha Beach Theme.
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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.
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The trumpets that open 'Revisiting Normandy' announces us the beginning of Steven Spielberg's war drama "Saving Private Ryan". The opening sequence, when Tom Hanks' troops dissembark on Omaha Beach during D-Day, is perhaps the most complex ever seen from Spielberg's works. Too bad the rest of the movie falls into the typical view on human life that the director has: good guys and bad guys, none of them lies in between. However, this gives John Williams to create one of his most emotional and intimate scores ever.
'Hymn To The Fallen' is definitely the highlight of this CD. An elegy created for those who died during the battle in Normandy. It's very touching, and the notes just flow richly, supported by a chorus that flows along with the orchestra. One of Williams' best themes. It's quite difficult for me to hate this score because you get to like every single note from it. Even those cues where suspense in present such as 'Battle Preparations' and 'The Last Battle', which makes you feel you are in the battle field. Another interesting thing about this movie is that Williams didn't -according to Spielberg in the liner notes of this album -want to write music for the opening sequence in order to avoid sentimentality on a gruesome situation, and I totally agree because I felt that the sound effects carried that scene neatly; a scene where you see bullets leaving soldiers in a blood pool.
John Williams has done it again. One great score that touches our hearts and pays respect to those heroes who fought and died during the wars. One score that stands alone. One that is better than the film for which it was written.
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