DreamWorks Records (DRMD-50046)
Release Date: July 21, 1998
Conducted by John Williams
The Boston Symphony Orchestra / The Tanglewood Festival Chorus
Average Rating: 4.34 stars (3 users)
|1.||Hymn To The Fallen||6:10|
|4.||Finding Private Ryan||4:37|
|5.||Approaching The Enemy||4:31|
|8.||High School Teacher||11:03|
|9.||The Last Battle||7:57|
|10.||Hymn To The Fallen (Reprise)||6:10|
|Total Album Time:||64:13|
|by Dan Goldwasser
September 21, 1998
Spielberg and Williams agreed to leave the battle scenes unscored so that the audience would truly feel like they were in the battle - no music, only the screams of the men and the deafening explosions of the assault would be presented.
As such, the score had to fill in the emotional scenes. Williams wrote a piece, "Hymn to the Fallen", which is one of the most beautiful - and hauntingly tragic - pieces I've heard him written in recent years. Primarily a string piece, Williams slowly builds the feelings with the orchestra, and towards the end brings in a full choir to top the crescendo.
There is a very subtle theme to the music - a lot of it provides emotion for the scenes which they were composed for. But it was not a theme one could leave the theater humming, nor was it ever played to call attention to itself. Yet it still left a lasting impression - one of great sadness and hope. It is difficult to review a score - especially one like this - without having seen the movie for which it was written. As such, I would recommend this score - but can only imagine how powerful it truly must be when accompanied by the images for which it was written.
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