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Music from the Films of Steven Spielberg

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Music from the Films of Steven Spielberg Review

by William Ruhlmann

Silva Screen Records, which specializes in re-recordings of film music, usually (as here) performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, has had occasion to consider the music featured in films directed by Steven Spielberg before, and this compilation draws from a similarly titled 1997 collection in its Hollywood Directors series, as well as releases featuring the work of composer John Williams. Williams, of course, worked with Spielberg consistently starting with the director's first feature, The Sugarland Express (1974), and he is responsible for all but five of the 28 cues heard here. A bushel of Academy Award nominations and several statuettes have resulted, and the box office success of the films has helped such Williams themes as the ones from Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial enter the long-term memories of filmgoers across the decades. The orchestra handles these familiar works adequately, along with plenty of other music from Spielberg films, much of it somewhat similar to the really memorable stuff.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Raiders of the Lost Ark, film score
1 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 05:26
Duel, television film score
2 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 05:08 Amazon
Sugarland Express, film score
3 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 03:40
Jaws, film score
4 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 02:17
Close Encounters of the Third Kind, film score
5 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Crouch End Festival Chorus 08:14
1941, film score
6 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 04:14
Raiders of the Lost Ark, film score
7 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 04:08
8 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 04:24
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, film score
9 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 10:57
Poltergeist, film score
10 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Crouch End Festival Chorus 04:19 Amazon
The Twilight Zone: The Movie, film score
11 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 06:28 Amazon
The Color Purple, film score
12 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 05:15 Amazon
Empire of the Sun, film score
13 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Crouch End Festival Chorus 05:01
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, film score
14 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 06:29

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, film score
1 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 05:32
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, film score
2 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 08:28
Always, film score
3 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 03:44
Hook, film score
4 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 04:05
5 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 03:01
Jurassic Park, film score
6 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 06:00
Schindler's List, film score
7 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 04:03
Amistad, film score
8 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Crouch End Festival Chorus 03:40
Saving Private Ryan, film score
9 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Crouch End Festival Chorus 06:04
A.I. (Artificial Intelligence), film score
10 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Charlotte Kinder 03:46
Minority Report, film score
11 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 03:58
Catch Me If You Can, film score
12 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 03:01
The Terminal, film score
13 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 04:15
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, film score
14 City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 11:36
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