Yo-Yo Ma / Itzhak Perlman / John Williams

Memoirs of a Geisha [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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John Williams skillfully utilizes the formidable talents of renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and equally beloved violinist Itzhak Perlman to flesh out director Rob Marshall's celluloid rendering of the bestselling novel by Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha. Elegant and predictable, Williams sticks to the source, building grand Western themes off of traditional Japanese melodies with a heady mix of regional instrumentation (shakuhachi and koto) and cinematic know-how. This is the composer at his most refined and nuanced, providing a textbook example of professional composition that revels in its subject matter without ever intruding.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Memoirs of a Geisha, film score
1 1:31 Amazon
2 4:06 Amazon
3 2:42 Amazon
4 2:31 Amazon
5 3:36
6 4:52
7 3:44 Amazon
8 2:39 Amazon
9 3:49 Amazon
10 2:44 Amazon
11 2:18 Amazon
12 3:20 Amazon
13 3:33 Amazon
14 6:48 Amazon
15 2:01 Amazon
16 3:42
17 2:00 Amazon
18 5:06 Amazon
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