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Lincoln [Original Motion Picture Score]

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Director Steven Spielberg's 2012 Lincoln biopic eschewed the genre's usual trappings by focusing on a single month in the extraordinary life of the 16th president of the United States. Bereft of the weight of depicting a lifetime, he was able to play small ball with a big moment, something that his longtime composer counterpart John Williams does as well with his remarkably subtle score. Opening with a wistful, lovely clarinet cue, Williams sets the stage for what is essentially a cornucopia of measured yet soul-stirring, Aaron Copland/Randy Newman-imbued Americana that is delivered with the patience and grace of a true master. The score does away with much of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Director Steven Spielberg's 2012 Lincoln biopic eschewed the genre's usual trappings by focusing on a single month in the extraordinary life of the 16th president of the United States. Bereft of the weight of depicting a lifetime, he was able to play small ball with a big moment, something that his longtime composer counterpart John Williams does as well with his remarkably subtle score. Opening with a wistful, lovely clarinet cue, Williams sets the stage for what is essentially a cornucopia of measured yet soul-stirring, Aaron Copland/Randy Newman-imbued Americana that is delivered with the patience and grace of a true master. The score does away with much of the bombastic sentimentality that plagued the pair's prior outing, 2011's War Horse, but it does retain much of its heart, delivering melodies that elicit great sighs of nostalgia, melancholy, and stoic optimism, smelling of parchment and tobacco, and sounding for all the world like amber waves of grain.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2012
  • Label: Sony Classics
  • UPC: 887254468523
  • Catalog Number: 544685
  • Sales rank: 6,243

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Williams [composer] Primary Artist, Conductor
Charlie Bisharat Fiddle
George Doering Mandolin
Alan Estes Percussion
Randy Kerber Piano
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Daniel Gingrich Horn
Susan Nigro Contrabassoon
Chicago Symphony Chorus Choir, Chorus
David McGill Bassoon
Steven Roberts Guitar
Don Williams Percussion
Stephen Williamson Clarinet
Christopher Martin Trumpet
Jeremy Moeller Trombone
Carol Cook Viola
Duain Wolfe Choir Director
Robert Chen Violin, Concert Master
Tommy Morgan Harp
Eric Millstein Percussion
Technical Credits
John Williams [composer] Composer, Producer
Jim Taylor Arranger
Shawn Murphy Engineering
Steven Spielberg Liner Notes
Patricia Sullivan Fourstar Mastering
Mark Cavell Licensing
Isabelle Tulliez Product Development
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  • Posted December 12, 2012

    Lovely music from composer John Williams; it's solemn, stirring,

    Lovely music from composer John Williams; it's solemn, stirring, poetic (Great "Battle Cry of Freedom").
    Reminds one in places of Aaron Copeland's " Fanfare for the Common Man." As far as movie soundtracks go,
    it's more like "Dances With Wolves" rather than "Glory." Buy it--you won't be disappointed!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 23, 2013

    Beautiful music - people who hear it for the first time always w

    Beautiful music - people who hear it for the first time always want to know what is playing. Solemn would be too strong as
    an adjective - thought proving and disarmingly pure say it for me.

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