Music From the Star Wars Saga is a condensed version of
the music from the first five films, excluding Revenge
of the Sith, usually taking the more memorable emblematic
pieces such as the main title theme and the Imperial March
and working them into complete pieces. The CD contains 13
tracks and pips the post at a little under 57 minutes of music.
music is performed by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and
the Crouch End Festival Chorus. The Crouch end festival chorus
has been going for almost 20 years now, with a long and distinguished
career behind them. They have worked with a diverse rang of
artists from The Divine Comedy to Lesley Garret. They also
have a large back catalogue of genre music and any film music
buff is likely to have one of their recordings, even if they
are unaware of it. The Prague Philharmonic Orchestra was first
put together in 1994 and has since concentrated on mainly
classic recordings as well as twentieth century music, who
can forget their classic The Science Fiction Album
- Vol.1, joking a side it's good to see such reputable
artists taking science fiction and fantasy music seriously.
what about the CD? My suggestion is that you rip it onto an
mp3 player or just not look at the track listing. The first
reason for this is that the music is not presented in the
order in which the films were made, so don't even bother trying
to figure out which film which piece came from. Secondly,
it's more fun to listen to it without the prompts of Anakins/Yodas/Han
Solo theme. I found a real enjoyment out of hearing a track
and not knowing from which film it came from until you think:
"Ah yes! That's The Asteroid Field music".
In some of the lesser track like The Asteroid Field
I even went back to the DVD to check that the music was actually
from the film. Just goes to show how much of the music you
don't really hear.
tracks reflect the full range of John Williams repertoire
from the grand marshal horns of the opening theme and the
Imperial March to the over the top use of stings which
is usually more reminiscent of the music from E.T.,
but that aside there are a few surprises along the way.
My biggest problem with the disc is not musical, in fact I
thought that the rendition of Duel of the Fates was
far better than the original recording, its just why would
you want to buy it with the original soundtracks available?
If you're a Star Wars nut who wants everything buy
it. If you just want to hear the highlights from the films
then by all means buy it. Lastly, if you don't remember just
how good some of the music was from Star Wars then
defiantly buy this disc you wont be disappointed.
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