Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back [2 Disc Jewel Case]

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George Lucas signed John Williams to write a rousing orchestral score for the original Star Wars after having temp-tracked the film with everything from Erich Wolfgang Korngold's swashbuckling Errol Flynn scores to Holst's 1918 suite "The Planets." What Williams came up with: a rousing opening fanfare (aka the Star Wars theme), a mysterious horn passage that would be identified as "The Force" theme, a gentle flute motif associated with Princess Leia., the ragtime Cantina music, the climactic Death Star dogfight finale and a host of memorable cues, marches and leitmotifs, highlight one of the most memorable scores ever devised for a Hollywood film. Star Wars marked a resurgence in orchestral film scores and turned ...
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Editorial Reviews

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George Lucas signed John Williams to write a rousing orchestral score for the original Star Wars after having temp-tracked the film with everything from Erich Wolfgang Korngold's swashbuckling Errol Flynn scores to Holst's 1918 suite "The Planets." What Williams came up with: a rousing opening fanfare (aka the Star Wars theme), a mysterious horn passage that would be identified as "The Force" theme, a gentle flute motif associated with Princess Leia., the ragtime Cantina music, the climactic Death Star dogfight finale and a host of memorable cues, marches and leitmotifs, highlight one of the most memorable scores ever devised for a Hollywood film. Star Wars marked a resurgence in orchestral film scores and turned Williams into the hottest commodity in the soundtrack scoring scene almost overnight.
All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Widely regarded as the finest film in the series, The Empire Strikes Back found composer John Williams in complete control of the Star Wars universe. Having already established a wide berth of memorable character motifs and notable hero/villain cues, he fleshed out the old and brought in the new with special attention paid to the movie's darker themes, resulting in one of the most cohesive and fully realized scores of his career. Beginning with the unmistakable main titles, Williams launches into "The Ice Planet Hoth," a peerless battle theme that utilizes the composer's vast orchestral arsenal to great effect. Pounding percussion, brass, and the intricate weaving in and out of familiar themes from the previous installment engage the audience from the very first note. All of this cacophony is really just a setup for the introduction of the series' most coveted piece of music, "The Imperial March Darth Vader's Theme." Williams had hinted at this Prokofiev-meets-"Mars, the Bringer of War" death march throughout portions of A New Hope, and to hear it in its completed form is exhilarating. Also notable are the romantic cues for Han Solo and Princess Leia "Han & the Princess" and the expansion of the wistful "Jedi" melody, which is used to great effect on "Yoda's Theme" and "The Training of a Jedi Knight/Magic Tree." The Empire Strikes Back is epic, romantic, and powerful. It is George Lucas' world at its most uncompromising, and Williams' score treats its themes of heroism and betrayal like the Shakespearian tragedy that it is. [In 2004 Sony Classical released double-disc collector's editions of episodes four through six in anticipation of the films' release on DVD. Remastered and sporting 3-D covers, each soundtrack includes the score in its entirety, a poster foldout, and screen savers depicting rare Japanese book covers. In some cases, alternate tracks and extended versions are included.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/1997
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 090266877348
  • Catalog Number: 68773

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 20th Century Fox Fanfare - London Symphony Orchestra (0:22)
  2. 2 Main Title/The Ice Planet Hoth - London Symphony Orchestra (8:08)
  3. 3 The Wampa's Lair/Vision of Obi-Wan/SnowSpeeders Take Flight - London Symphony Orchestra (8:48)
  4. 4 The Imperial Probe/Aboard the Executor - London Symphony Orchestra (4:24)
  5. 5 The Battle of Hoth: Ion Cannon/Imperial Walkers/Beneath the ... - London Symphony Orchestra (14:48)
  6. 6 The Asteroid Field - London Symphony Orchestra (4:15)
  7. 7 Arrival of Dagobah - London Symphony Orchestra (4:52)
  8. 8 Luke's Nocturnal Visitor - London Symphony Orchestra (2:35)
  9. 9 Han Solo and the Princess - London Symphony Orchestra (3:26)
  10. 10 Jedi Master Revealed/Mynock Cave - London Symphony Orchestra (5:43)
  11. 11 The Training of a Jedi Knight/The Magic Tree - London Symphony Orchestra (5:15)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme) - London Symphony Orchestra (3:03)
  2. 2 Yoda's Theme - London Symphony Orchestra (3:29)
  3. 3 Attacking a Star Destroyer - London Symphony Orchestra (3:04)
  4. 4 Yoda and the Force - London Symphony Orchestra (4:02)
  5. 5 Imperial Starfleet Depyoed/City in the Clouds - London Symphony Orchestra (6:03)
  6. 6 Lando's Palace - London Symphony Orchestra (3:53)
  7. 7 Betrayal at Bespin - London Symphony Orchestra (3:46)
  8. 8 Deal with the Dark Lord - London Symphony Orchestra (2:36)
  9. 9 Carbon Freeze/Darth Vader's Trap/Departure of Boba Fett - London Symphony Orchestra (11:50)
  10. 10 The Clash of Lightsabers - London Symphony Orchestra (4:17)
  11. 11 Rescue from Cloud City/Hyperspace - London Symphony Orchestra (9:08)
  12. 12 The Rebel Fleet/End Title - London Symphony Orchestra (6:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Williams [composer] Primary Artist, Conductor
London Symphony Orchestra Track Performer
John "Buddy" Williams Conductor
Technical Credits
John Williams [composer] Producer
Dan Hersch Digital Editing, Mastering
Nick Redman Producer
Hubert Spencer Orchestration
Eric Tomlinson Engineer
Alfred Newman Composer
Richard Dombrowski Art Direction
Michael Matessino Liner Notes
John "Buddy" Williams Composer, Producer
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