Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

by John Williams [composer]

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Overview

Fear not; he's done it again. Composer John Williams, the master behind the music of the original Star Wars trilogy, can still transform George Lucas's visions into glorious sounds. For music that works perfectly with the action on the screen, Wiliams's writing also takes on a full-fledged life of its own when heard on disc. His score for Star Wars: The Phantom Menace is as picturesque and rousing as any fan could have hoped for -- Williams's knack for blending lyrical themes with slam-bang action music remains unsurpassed. As conductor, Williams harnesses the full power of the London Symphony Orchestra to achieve all the goose-pimple effects he intends ("The Sith Spacecraft" and "The Droid Battle"; "Anakin Defeats Sebilba"). He can also coax lush and haunting passages from the orchestra -- and, at crucial points, a well-employed chorus -- that conjure up all the phantasmagoric images of this intergalactic epic. ("Passage Through the Planet Core," "The High Council Meeting," and "Qui-Gon's Funeral"). Williams's score, like the film itself, was worth the wait -- long may the Force be with him.

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