John Williams

Monsignor [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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After a series of landmark action and sci-fi efforts spanning from Star Wars to Superman to Raiders of the Lost Ark, composer John Williams looked inward to write 1982's Monsignor, a cerebral and plainly heartfelt score brought to life via the chorus, orchestra, and pipe organ so central to the Catholic faith the film explores. Monsignor steadfastly avoids the mythical scale of Williams' most famous works in favor of a resounding but deeply human approach inspired by Italy's classical masters -- strings, brass, and woodwinds perfectly capture the emotional turmoil that galvanizes the onscreen narrative, and as usual, the performance of the London Symphony Orchestra is flawless.

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