Schindler's List Soundtrack
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|1. Theme From 'Schindler's List' - Itzhak Perlman|
|2. Jewish Town (Krakow Ghetto - Winter '41) - Itzhak Perlman|
|3. Immolation (With Our Lives, We Give Life) - John Williams|
|4. Remembrances - John Williams|
|5. Schindler's Workforce - John Williams|
|6. Oyf'n Pripetshok/Nacht Aktion - The Li-ron Herzeliya Children's Choir|
|7. I Could Have Done More - Itzhak Perlman|
|8. Auschwitz-Birkenau - Itzhak Perlman|
|9. Stolen Memories - John Williams|
|10. Making The List - Itzhak Perlman|
|11. Give Me Your Names - John Williams|
|12. Yeroushalaim Chel Zahav (Jerusalem Of Gold) - The Ramat Gan Chamber Choir/Hana Tzur, Cond.|
|13. Remembrances (With Itzhak Perlman) - Itzhak Perlman|
|14. Theme From Schindler's List (Reprise) - John Williams|
Because he's long been stereotyped by the rousing neo-romantic adventure scores for the Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Jurassic Park franchises, it's easy to forget that composer John Williams is hardly idiomatically challenged. When Steven Spielberg gratifyingly used the clout of his enormous commercial success to produce and direct this brave Holocaust drama, his long-time musical collaborator used the opportunity to display both the depth and maturity of his musical gifts and training, producing a score with sad, evocative melodies frequently carried by the violin of the great Itzhak Perlman. Rich with ethnic nuance and showcasing the composer's masterful orchestral/choral subtlety, Williams's emotionally compelling score for Schindler's List also won the Academy Award for Best Dramatic Score. --Jerry McCulley
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Williams' "Theme from Schindler's List" is a poignant composition that has its roots in the musical style favored by Eastern European Jews. That Williams can write scores using forms and instrumentation used by other cultures is not surprising. Williams, after all, won his first Academy Award for adapting the music from Broadway's "Fiddler on the Roof" for the movie version, and his score for Ron Howard's "Far and Away" employs Irish melodic forms quite effectively. The "Theme" is hauntingly beautiful, and it matters not whether it's performed by the entire Boston Symphony, a solo pianist, or Perlman on violin.
Another lovely yet melancholic piece is "Remembrances," which appears twice on this CD.
"Immolation (With Our Lives, We Give Life)" is a moving, keening choral piece, while "Oyf'n Pripetshok and Nacht Aktion" mingles a traditional Jewish song and original Williams material to underscore the Germans' "cleansing" of the Krakow Ghetto.Read more ›
The music of Williams, would have no doubt, stood on its own. Perlman adds just the right touch to make the score even better. Through his solos, it's almost as though, he is acting as Oskar Schindler's conscience as he decides what to to do. For his part, Williams takes the horrors of the holocaust and somehow manages to give its victims, Schindler's heroic efforts, and their legacy, a dignity. As director Steven Spielberg mentions in his liner notes comments "The choice John Williams made was gentle simplicity."-That is true and the score will leave a lasting impression-by either watching the movie, or just listening to the soundtrack.
Like Schindler himself, Williams and Perlman take the tragic events of that period in world history, and somehow give us hope..with this emotional and powerful score. The CD has 14 track listings and a total running time of 64:34. The Schindler's List soundtrack comes highly recommended and is a must for anyone's collection
The opening theme is fairly pleasant, kind of mysterious, with a nice violin lead by Itzhak Perlman. The next track, "Jewish Town" also lets us off pretty easy. The violin does have its pathos, but overall it's more stately than sad. We're still being eased into the dignified, ancient structures of Jewish music.
With "Immolation," it really begins. The tension and uncertainty in the strings gives way to the choir; the starving and tormented citizens of Krakow will not be silent. This piece also begins the smartest tactic of the whole score - Williams keeps using the melody from the opening, but in different keys based on the events of the film. It's a happy melody the first time; track to track, it becomes less so.
"Schindler's Workforce" is sort of the juggernaut of the score at over ten minutes. It's a reprieve from the drama of the prior two pieces, just as working in the factory is a reprieve from being murdered. For "I Could Have Done More," the orchestration is subdued, and we start to hear the sublime. When the key changes to E-minor at 3:46, the last barrier between the listener and the tragedy of the story is removed.
With "Auschwitz - Birkenau," the violin and strings express the rage and desperation of the death camp. Williams no longer seeks to comfort us, and reality takes hold. The choir returns for the gentle, haunting "Stolen Memories," and so the tension is briefly set aside. (Acoustic guitar is an unexpected pleasure here.Read more ›
Schindler's List, even when it is depicting the greatest evil and the most visually horrifying images, never collapses and never overpowers. Its greatest gift is its ability to outline and highlight, not to overshadow and reconstruct. The multiple themes are all extraordinary and powerful, recurring where necessary, and coming to a crescendo as appropriate. Frequently intermingled are appropriate and stirring excerpts from Hebrew hymns that humanize and reconnect the images on screen with the validity of the past. Combined within are two sides of a film score that work together to create a magical whole. The dominant passages are the string pieces, led by Ithzak Pearlman, and colasceing the traditional images of the film with music that isn't wholly inappropriate from the era depicted. Alternately, there are delightful mechanical cues that reference Hebrew music and lighten the mood as necessary. Best depicted in the track "Schindler's Workforce"--perhaps the best an most delightful of the tracks, outside of the suites--maintains a constant beat that circles and epitomizes the interaction of the Jews and their forced occupation.Read more ›
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I remember how silently the audience filed out of the movie theatre that night. As a thoughtful Christian it has haunted me ever since.Published 23 months ago by Elgin
when it is raining, forgive me, not raining, but pouring outside, it's cold, you are all alone at home, just thinking about your past and or present lover, your job troubles or... Read morePublished on June 16 2004 by Vincent
I give this soundtrack 4 1/2 stars. Occasionally a few of the tracks that worked excellently with the movie and weaved the right atmsophere, are somewhat bland when listened to... Read morePublished on May 2 2004 by I ain't no porn writer
I myself am a violinist. I remembered in eighth grade, my school orchestra chose Schindler's List as one of our pieces for a big performance. Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2004
John William's efforts to the "Shindler's List" score are wonderful. Though known for scoring movies like "Jaws" and "Star Wars", he proves he can... Read morePublished on Nov. 7 2003 by David Anderson
John Williams completed this wonderful score with compassion and with all of his heart. The music is so moving and embracing. Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2003 by Greg Williams
John Williams, famous for such soundtracks as Jaws and Star Wars, puts together a soundtrack that is truly unique. Read morePublished on Sept. 3 2003
I saw Schindler's List last summer during a day when I had nothing else to do... my mom thought I was horrible for liking such a (as she says) morbid movie. Read morePublished on May 31 2002