Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]by John Williams [composer]
Fear not; he's done it again. Composer John Williams, the master behind the music of the original Star Wars trilogy, can still transform George Lucas's visions into glorious sounds. For music that works perfectly with the action on the screen, Wiliams's writing also takes on a full-fledged life of its own when heard on disc. His score for Star Wars: The Phantom Menace is as picturesque and rousing as any fan could have hoped for -- Williams's knack for blending lyrical themes with slam-bang action music remains unsurpassed. As conductor, Williams harnesses the full power of the London Symphony Orchestra to achieve all the goose-pimple effects he intends ("The Sith Spacecraft" and "The Droid Battle"; "Anakin Defeats Sebilba"). He can also coax lush and haunting passages from the orchestra -- and, at crucial points, a well-employed chorus -- that conjure up all the phantasmagoric images of this intergalactic epic. ("Passage Through the Planet Core," "The High Council Meeting," and "Qui-Gon's Funeral"). Williams's score, like the film itself, was worth the wait -- long may the Force be with him.
- Release Date:
- Star Wars Main Title & The Arrival at Naboo
- Duel of the Fates
- Anakin's Theme
- Jar Jar's Introduction & The Swim to Otoh Gunga
- The Sith Spacecraft & The Droid Battle
- The Trip to the Naboo Temple & The Audience with Boss Nass
- The Arrival at Tatooine & The Flag Parade
- He Is the Chosen One
- Anakin Defeats Sebulba
- Passage Through the Planet Core
- Watto's Deal & Kids at Play
- Panaka and the Queen's Protectors
- Queen Amidala & The Naboo Palace
- The Droid Invasion & The Appearance of Darth Maul
- Qui-Gon's Noble End
- The High Council Meeting & Qui-Gon's Funeral
- Augie's Great Municipal Band & End Credits
Performance CreditsJohn Williams [composer] Primary Artist,Conductor
London Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
New London Children's Choir Choir, Chorus,Track Performer
John Williams Conductor
London Voices Choir, Chorus
Ronald Corp Choir Director
Terry Edwards Choir Director
Technical CreditsLondon Symphony Orchestra Contributor
John Williams [composer] Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Shawn Murphy Engineer,Engineering
New London Children's Choir Contributor
John Williams Producer,Liner Notes
London Voices Contributor
George Lucas Producer,Liner Notes
Roxanne Slimak Art Direction
Ronald Corp Director
Terry Edwards Director,Orchestra Director
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awesome from the very begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I liked the sond of it.
The standout track for this score is the second track, "Duel of the Fates"; it is a simply sterling piece of choral and orchestral work. "Anakin's Theme" has a few crafty nods towards Vader's theme in the original trilogy. "The Sith Spacecraft &..." is really creepy at the start and seriously atmospheric. "The Droid Invasion &..." contains the Droid Army's theme which thunders along. "Qui-Gon's Noble End" is a very sombre piece. Just don't ruin the score by playing the last track!
This is surely one of the best film scores ever recorded! John Williams is amazing in that he can capture purely in music the essence of Star Wars, which is the tragic, but heroic story of human weakness. I cannot get enough of his epic " Duel of the Fates" ! It makes me weak in the knees every time! Even the Great masters can't do this most of the time! I cannot recommend this soundtrack enough! I never tire of it! John Williams triumphs again!
It is so good!! John Williams is definitely my favorite artist!!!