War Horse [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The plot points in director Steven Spielberg's 2011 film adaptation of the children's novel War Horse (which is separate from the stage adaptation that won the 2011 Tony Award for best play) are traced in the background score composed, as usual for a Spielberg project, by veteran John Williams. Williams' early cues, starting with "Dartmoor, 1912," have a warm Celtic feel, the full symphony orchestra playing a theme that recalls folk tunes like "Danny Boy" and "Greensleeves." The warmth continues with "Bringing Joey Home, and Bonding," the second part of which employs a playful bassoon theme. But the bucolic mood gradually darkens in this story of a boy and his horse ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The plot points in director Steven Spielberg's 2011 film adaptation of the children's novel War Horse (which is separate from the stage adaptation that won the 2011 Tony Award for best play) are traced in the background score composed, as usual for a Spielberg project, by veteran John Williams. Williams' early cues, starting with "Dartmoor, 1912," have a warm Celtic feel, the full symphony orchestra playing a theme that recalls folk tunes like "Danny Boy" and "Greensleeves." The warmth continues with "Bringing Joey Home, and Bonding," the second part of which employs a playful bassoon theme. But the bucolic mood gradually darkens in this story of a boy and his horse that takes a turn in a track called "Ruined Crop, and Going to War." After Joey, the horse, is sent off to World War I, Williams' music naturally takes on tension-filled and action-defining sections, particularly in "The Charge and Capture." After something of a respite in "Joey's New Friends," the height of violence seems to be reached in "No Man's Land," a thrilling performance. Thereafter, Williams slowly returns to the Celtic tones from the outset, finally restoring the main theme for the closer, "The Homecoming." This is certainly not one of Williams' light adventure scores à la Star Wars or Raiders of the Lost Ark, nor horror music such as Jaws. Rather, it contains both homey and disturbing parts, within the overall context of an old-fashioned orchestral movie soundtrack.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/2011
  • Label: Sony Classics
  • UPC: 886979752825
  • Catalog Number: 797528
  • Sales rank: 45,224

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Williams [composer] Conductor
Bruce Dukov Violin
Richard Altenbach Violin
William Booth Trombone
Jacqueline Brand Violin
Gloria Cheng Piano
Judy Chilnick Percussion
Brian Dembow Viola
Stephen Erdody Celli
Christine Ermacoff Celli
Alan Estes Percussion
Steve Gordon Viola
John Goux Guitar
Alan Grunfeld Violin
Clayton Haslop Violin
Paula Hochhalter Celli
Dennis Karmazyn Celli
Roland Kato Viola
Randy Kerber Piano
Dimitrie Leivici Violin
Dane Little Celli
Edward Meares Bass
Bruce Morgenthaler Bass
Helen Nightengale Violin
Barbara Northcutt Oboe
Dean Parks Guitar
Barry Perkins Trumpet
Katia Popov Violin
Jay Rosen Violin
Anatoly Rosinsky Violin
Kim Scholes Celli
Jim Self Tuba
George Thatcher Trombone
Miwako Watanabe Violin
Sarah Orme Weisz Flute
Roger Wilkie Violin
Marcia Dickstein Harp
Daniel Kelley Horn
Peter Limonick Percussion
John Walz Celli
Donald Williams Percussion
Drew Dembowski Bass
Susan Ranney Bass
Lisa Sutton Violin
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Natalie Leggett Violin
Gary Bovyer Clarinet
Christian Kollgaard Bass
Timothy Landauer Celli
Rafael Rishik Violin
Jennie Hansen Viola
Nico Abondolo Bass
Shawn Mann Viola
Darrin McCann Viola
Sara Parkins Violin
Armen Anassian Violin
Antony Cooke Celli
David Washburn Trumpet
David Parmeter Bass
Keith Greene Viola
Robert Berg Viola
Irina Voloshina Violin
Eun Mee Ahn Violin
Roberto Cani Violin
Tim Morrison Trumpet
Rose Corrigan Bassoon
Michael Valerio Bass
Andrew Schulman Celli
Trevor Handy Celli
Oscar Hidalgo Bass
Sarah Thornblade Violin
Ralph Williams Clarinet
Allen Savedoff Bassoon
Nicolas Philippon Bass
Jerry Williams Percussion
Aimee Kreston Violin
Eric J. Hosler Violin
Gregory Goodall Percussion
Dave Walther Viola
Ana Landauer Violin
Alyssa Park Violin
Andrew Malloy Trombone
Jenny Kim Horn
Joshua Ranz Clarinet
Andrew Duckles Viola
Julia Ann Gigante Violin
Henry Gronnier Violin
Donald Foster Clarinet
Judith Farmer Bassoon
Tereza Stanislav Violin
Malcolm McNab Trumpet
Serena McKinney Violin
Alma Fernandez Viola
Mark Adams Horn
Robert Brophy Viola
Justin Hageman Horn
Nina Evtuhov Violin
Armen Ksajikian Celli
Stuart Clark Clarinet
Thomas Diener Viola
Steven Schaeffer Percussion
Alex Iles Trombone
Kenneth Yerke Violin
Victoria Miskolczy Viola
Michael Nowak Viola
James Thatcher Horn
Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick Celli
Phillip Levy Violin
Kenneth Munday Bassoon
William Lane Horn
Marlow Fisher Viola
Amy Hershberger Violin
Marc Sazer Violin
Kenneth McGrath Percussion
Luke Maurer Viola
Tamara Hatwan Violin
Jo Ann Turovsky Harp
Dave Everson Horn
Matthew Funes Viola
David H. Speltz Celli
Timothy Morrison Trumpet
Louise di Tullio Flute
Heather Clark Flute
Michael O'Donovan Bassoon
Robert Frear Trumpet
Jeanne Skrocki Violin
David Weiss Oboe
Geraldine Rotella Flute
Cecelia Tsan Celli
Kevin Connolly Violin
Phillip Keen Trombone
Steven Ecknell Horn
Dylan Hart Horn
Jessica Pearlman Oboe
Pedro Ustache Flute
Louise Dillon Flute
Technical Credits
John Williams [composer] Composer, Producer
Shawn Murphy Engineer
Steven Spielberg Liner Notes
Patricia Sullivan Fourstar Mastering
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  • Posted February 13, 2012

    Highly recommended

    One of the loveliest film scores John Williams has ever composed. There is over one hour of music on this disc which beautifully presents the scope of this story of a horse whose life path brings him into the lives of many people before, during and after the World War I. This the 25th film score John Williams has written for Steven Spielberg. This is one of the very best in this classic and on-going collaboration.

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