War of the Worlds [Music from the Motion Picture]

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Steven Spielberg and John Williams are as inseparable a team as any in the industry, so it comes as no surprise that the soundtrack to the director's adaptation of the famed Orson Welles radio play is a near-perfect study in tension, release, and more tension. Williams plays with elements from many of his previous scores, most notably the dissonant brass that he introduced in Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Jaws. The pace is relentless, with dread building like the inevitable invasion itself, pausing only to offer ambient moments of familial warmth, concern, and agony through the soft strings that have become a Williams staple since A.I. It's a tough ...
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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Steven Spielberg and John Williams are as inseparable a team as any in the industry, so it comes as no surprise that the soundtrack to the director's adaptation of the famed Orson Welles radio play is a near-perfect study in tension, release, and more tension. Williams plays with elements from many of his previous scores, most notably the dissonant brass that he introduced in Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Jaws. The pace is relentless, with dread building like the inevitable invasion itself, pausing only to offer ambient moments of familial warmth, concern, and agony through the soft strings that have become a Williams staple since A.I. It's a tough listen, as even the normally calming voice of Morgan Freeman, whose narration bookends the score, can't seem to get out of the depths from which it has fallen. In the context of the film, Williams' vision for War of the Worlds more than matches the apocalyptic dread of Welles' original vision, but as a stand-alone listening experience, only those with a true fanboy masochistic streak will be able to withstand such a continuous and ominous barrage of sci-fi dissonance.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/2005
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 602498814130
  • Catalog Number: 000456802

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Williams [composer] Conductor
Sue Raney Bass
Jim Walker Flute
Bruce Dukov Violin
Richard Todd Horn
Morgan Freeman Narrator
Richard Altenbach Violin
Phil Ayling Oboe
Robert Becker Viola
Marissa Benedict Trumpet
William Booth Trombone
Jacqueline Brand Violin
Denyse Buffum Viola
Darius Campo Violin
Brian Dembow Viola
Stephen Erdody Cello
Alan Estes Percussion
Richard Feves Bass
Michael Fisher Percussion
Julie Gigante Violin
Pamela Goldsmith Viola
Steve Gordon Viola
Endre Granat Violin, Concert Master
Alan Grunfeld Violin
Clayton Haslop Violin
Carrie Holzman-Little Viola
Dennis Karmazyn Cello
Roland Kato Viola
Randy Kerber Piano
Miran Kojian Violin
Armen Ksadjikian Cello
Janet Lakatos Viola
Michael Lang Piano
Roger Lebow Cello
Dimitrie Leivici Violin
David Low Cello
Warren Luening Trumpet
Rene Mandel Violin
Edward Meares Bass
Bruce Morgenthaler Bass
Dan Neufeld Viola
Barbara Northcutt Oboe
Simon Oswell Viola
Brian Pezzone Piano
Katia Popov Violin
Mark Robertson Violin
Anatoly Rosinsky Violin
Geri Rotella Flute
James Sawyer Trombone
Jim Self Tuba
Kurt Snyder Horn
Chet Swiatkowski Piano
George Thatcher Trombone
Doug Tornquist Tuba
Cecilia Tsan Cello
Brad Warnaar Horn
Miwako Watanabe Violin
David Weiss Oboe
Evan Wilson Viola
Ken Yerke Violin
Daniel Kelley Horn
Peter Limonick Percussion
David Riddles Bassoon
Andrew Shulman Cello
John Walz Cello
Donald Williams Percussion
Tom Boyd Oboe
Drew Dembowski Bass
Susan Ranney Cello
Lisa Sutton Violin
Jeanne Evans Violin
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Gary Bovyer Clarinet
Rowena Hamil Cello
Christian Kollgaard Bass
Timothy Landauer Cello
Rafael Rishik Violin
Leslie Reed Oboe
Jennie Hansen Viola
Nico Abondolo Bass
Shawn Mann Viola
Darrin McCann Viola
Sara Parkins Violin
Antony Cooke Cello
David Washburn Trumpet
John A. Reynolds Horn
David Parmeter Bass
Keith Greene Viola
Robert Berg Viola
Eun Mee Ahn Violin
Roberto Cani Violin
Tim Morrison Trumpet
Rose Corrigan Bassoon
Larry Hughes Clarinet
Michael Valerio Cello
Thomas Dienner Viola
Fred W. Greene Tuba
Liane Mautner Violin
Sarah Thornblade Violin
Samuel Formicola Viola
Piotr Jandula Viola
Ralph Williams Clarinet
Allen Savedoff Bassoon
Jerry Williams Percussion
John Williams & the Tick Tocks Conductor
Aimee Kreston Violin
Gregory Goodall Percussion
Phillip Yao Horn
Dave Walther Viola
Ana Landauer Violin
Cassandra Richburg Viola
Andrew Malloy Trombone
Andrew Duckles Viola
Kristy Morrell Horn
John Reynolds Horn
Hollywood Film Chorale Choir, Chorus
Steve L. Roberts Clarinet
Malcolm McNab Trumpet
Mark Adams Horn
Don Williams Percussion
Armen Ksajikian Cello
Lawrence Hughes Clarinet
Brian D. A. O'Connor Horn
Phillip O'Connor Clarinet
Thomas Diener Viola
Steven Schaeffer Percussion
Fred Greene Tuba
Marisa Benedict Trumpet
Kenneth Yerke Violin
Robert L. Becker Viola
Phillip Teele Trombone
Victoria Miskolczy Viola
David Duke Horn
Steve Roberts Clarinet
Tomas Raney Percussion
Dennis Karmazan Cello
James Thatcher Horn
Phillip Levy Violin
Kenneth Munday Bassoon
Steven Edelman Bass
Marc Sazer Violin
Steven Becknell Horn
Rowena Hammill Cello
Tamara Hatwan Violin
Jo Ann Turovsky Harp
Matthew Funes Viola
David H. Speltz Cello
Timothy Morrison Trumpet
Louise di Tullio Flute
Jon Lewis Trumpet
Michael O'Donovan Bassoon
Sarah Parkins Violin
David Weiss Oboe
Kevin Connolly Violin
Brian O'Connor Horn
Technical Credits
John Williams [composer] Producer, Audio Production
Shawn Murphy Engineer, Engineering
Steven Spielberg Liner Notes
Pat Sullivan Mastering
Patricia Sullivan Fourstar Mastering
John Williams & the Tick Tocks Producer
Laura A. A. Johnson Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Classic Soundtrack

    I love this soundtrack. John Williams has put together JAWS, Star Wars and Jurassic Park to combine some scary scenes. This will be a time to remember this wonderful H.G. Wells classic novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    John Williams

    I veiwed the movie yesterday, It was Spectacular! No better pairing that Spielburg, Williams, and Cruise! The score completed the movie! It is a masterpeice and a soundtrack any Williams fan should own!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LIKE THIS MUSIC!

    John williams does very well in this soundtrack. And I like the movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    War of The Worlds and The Music

    John Williams has done an amazing job with War of The Worlds soundtrack. Without John Williams directing the music, there would be no war, it would just be worlds. With the music, it's War of The Worlds. That's why he's had the privelage to write and direct the music to Star Wars. He is an awesome composer. He brings the movie to life with background music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Virtuosic Composer!

    Every score by John Williams gets better and better. War of the Worlds is an incredibly intense score and as you listen, the music takes you back to some of Williams' most classic scores like Jaws, and Close Encounters. Be cautioned this score is not for the people who listen for lyrical/hummable melodies, but the context of the composing is absolutley amazing! An absolute must for John Williams' fans.

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