Title - 'Lincoln' (Sony Classical)
Artist - John Williams
In a career spanning almost six decades, John Williams has composed some of the most recognizable film scores in the history of motion pictures including 'Star Wars,' 'Jaws,' the 'Indiana Jones' films, 'E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,' 'Schindler's List' and the first three 'Harry Potter' films. Winner of twenty-one Grammy® Awards, four Golden Globe® Awards and five Academy Awards®, Williams is easily the most recognized composer working in film today.
And so he was the ideal choice to work with Steven Spielberg here on 'Lincoln,' a soundtrack so indepth, so breathtakingly perfect to the cause, that you simply could not envison any other composer at the helm.
Performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the music is utterly flawless and beautiful. Indeed, Shawn Murphy has been recording and mixing John Williams' scores for many years, and here he once again makes Williams' work shine re: his "tweaking" of the digital music to perfection!
The album, which comes in at just under an hour, kicks off with the poignant melody of 'The People's House,' before heading into 'The Purpose Of The Amendment,' 'Getting Out The Vote,' 'The American Process,' 'The Blue And Grey,' the beautiful symphony piece 'With Malice Toward None,' 'Call To Muster And Battle Cry Of Freedom' (featuring the wonderful Chicago Symphony chorus), 'The Southern Delegation And The Dream,' 'Father And Son,' and then 'The Race To The House' (which also includes spoken excerpts, performed by Jim Taylor).
The stirring soundtrack continues on with 'Equality Under The Law,' 'Freedom's Call,' 'Elegy,' 'Remembering Willie,' 'Appomattox, April 9, 1865,' and eleven minute 'The Peterson House And Finale,' and then finally (no matter what the last track promised in its title!), 'With Malice Toward None (Piano Solo).'
Overall, this is a worthwhile purchase and instigates repeated listenings, as do, in truth most all other Williams scores also always do.