"Jurassic Park" and "Schindler's List" soundtracks

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  1. Jedi_Apprentice_Celt Jedi Master

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    I just got these two for my birthday on the twenty-eighth. They are both among the top five I've ever listened to in the genre of soundtracks. I haven't listened to all of "List," but the violin performance of the main theme is simply among the most beautiful things I've ever heard. The way Perlman plays the violin in that is amazing. And the reprise of it is also gorgeous. The main theme of "Park" is another beautiful piece that is also grand. I also like the other, brassier theme in it. That album also has a lot of cool action music throughout, and I like the jungle-type music used when Dennis steals the eggs. What are some of your guys' opinions on these soundtracks?
  2. Grand Admiral Reese Jedi Grand Master

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    Jurassic Park is one of my favorites. I listen to it regularly.

    Never listened to Schindler's List.
  3. AmeiaSkywalker Jedi Knight

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    I think they are both wonderful soundtracks.
  4. Well_Of_Souls Jedi Grand Master

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    Jurassic Park is the third in a string of excellent scores that JW composed in the early nineties.

    The first was Hook and the second was Far and Away (if you don't have it, get it). It all culminated with JP. Great score. :D
  5. jangosdna Jedi Knight

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    I really like JP, but haven't heard SL

    XYZ PDQ
  6. Strilo Manager Emeritus

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    Schindler's List is one of Williams' greatest scores ever. It is truly amazing, moving, emotional, beautiful, haunting, soothing... so many emotions and feelings. I just love it.

    Jurassic Park is also awesome. Not one of his greatest scores ever but very very good. I enjoy this one a lot.

  7. slavegirl Jedi Master

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    The Jurassic Park soundtrack is one of my favourites, even though I don't own the CD yet. I can remember playing it in my school orchestra years ago and falling in love with it straight away. :) Schindler's List is also a beautiful soundtrack - but slightly disturbing at times, especially track 8, and very different to most of JW's music. The only thing that irritates me about Schindler's List is how some of the violin solos could sound so much better if they were cello solos. But that's becuase I'm a cellist and I'm not too fond of the violin. :p
  8. TwiLekJedi Pretty Ex-Mod

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    I don't own and never listened to the Schindler's List Score

    but Jurassic Park is really cool. First, I only had Lost World, and really liked it. People frequently said, JP is better. Then I bought it, listened to it and was amazed that it really is much better
    much better than a Score I already really liked - how good is that? :D

    gotta listen to it again :mad: ;)
  9. Laserschwert Jedi Knight

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    I don't own "Schindler's List", but I will definitely buy it in some time. I've heard the main theme several times though, and it IS really awesome.

    Concerning "Jurassic Park", well, it was the first soundtrack I've ever had... and now I have over 70! But JP ist still one of my all time favourites. The main theme is one of most breathtaking pieces ever written by Williams... it perfectly reflects the breathtaking awe you were in when first watching "Jurassic Park". Furthermore I love the "Arriving"-piece, plus "My friend the Brachiosaurus" (though I still don't understand why they called it that, since it's played in the scene with the Triceratops).
  10. Darth_Silenous Jedi Master

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    Schindler's List is one of William's most moving and beautifully tragic scores. The sheer pathos of the violin, combined the simplistic delicacy of the themes, makes for a listen I don't think he'll ever be able to reproduce. The closest he ever got to SL in another score was with Seven Years in Tibet and Yo-Yo Ma's lovely cello solos, but even that can't compare to the brilliance and beauty of SL.

    Jurassic Park is also a superb score--very fun, yet simultaneously beautiful and frightening. I love them both.
  11. master-kevin Jedi Youngling

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    Jurassic Park is one of the best compleation of songs done by, the great Jhon Williams. Me and my friend always listen to that song. The heavy trumpet part is so cool.
  12. Strilo Manager Emeritus

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    SONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    They are not SONGS! They are cues or tracks or even pieces, but they are NOT SONGS!

    Get some culture people!

  13. Jedi_Apprentice_Celt Jedi Master

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    I really like the main theme in "JP." That trumpet theme that is almost a main one is really good, but I don't think it has the combined beauty and power of the "main theme" featured in track 2.

    As for "SL," my favorite parts of that is probably any use of the main theme, especially tracks 1, 7, and 14. The violin playing is so gorgeous, and I like the paino rendition of the theme on the last track (as well as the piano rendition of "JP's" main theme on track 7, I believe).
  14. Ghosts_Of_Anakin Jedi Grand Master

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    I LOVE the JP soundtrack. I think its almost better than the SW ones. I also think that #7 is the best on the CD. It really represents the movies to a T.(Whatever that means) [face_laugh]
  15. TwiLekJedi Pretty Ex-Mod

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    I downloaded the SL Theme now
    and you are right, it is truly wonderful
    sounds very sad, above all things, I think
  16. Jedi_Apprentice_Celt Jedi Master

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    Yes, it sounds very sad. They have a bunch of good renditions of it on the soundtrack. I'd say it's a must-buy if I've ever seen one.
  17. halibut Chosen One

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    It's just a pity that JW didn't write the theme to SL. It's just an arrangement of a russian tune (I believe)

    You can also hear it as "Tania's theme" from "Enemy at the Gates"
  18. TwiLekJedi Pretty Ex-Mod

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    Okay... I want the SL Score

    It's 17,99 at amazon
    it ships for free at over 20
    so... what else shall I buy? I already have JP and LW and also ET... I'd also rather like something by Williams... what shall I buy? Far&Away? Saving Private Ryan? Amistad?
    I won't buy A.I. btw.
    (I'm running out of movies now ... help me)

    EDIT: Last Crusade?
  19. TwiLekJedi Pretty Ex-Mod

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    (never mind, ordered Schindler and Edward, now)
  20. bright sith Jedi Grand Master

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    halibut, I've read that Horner used the Russian folk song for his theme in Enemy at the Gates, but I've never read that Schindler is based on it. Granted, I realize that was written in defense of people finding "Enemy" and Schindler similar, but is there actual evidence that Williams used the same theme?

    Anyhow, JP and Schindler are two of Williams' very best works, and deserving to be owned by any film score enthusiast.
  21. Laserschwert Jedi Knight

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    @TwiLelJedi:

    YOU DON'T OWN "LAST CRUSADE"?!?

    Well.. then buy it. It's definitely worth it. It's just sad that it's just "Selections from the soundtrack"... not the whole thing. I remember seeing the 3-CD-bootleg around somewhere... I wish I could get a hold of THAT...

  22. Darth_Silenous Jedi Master

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    halibut--I have heard the exact same as brightsith (from Film Score Monthly articles on Enemy at the Gates). I always thought the SL theme was an original composition. Horner's theme is (from what I've read) an adaptation of one of his own themes, which in turn was an adaptation of a Russian theme. I don't think the two coincide.
  23. halibut Chosen One

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    Well, the proof is in the pudding. Here is the first minute of Tania's theme from Enemy at the Gates. See how similar to the main theme from Schindler's List it is!
  24. TwiLekJedi Pretty Ex-Mod

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    Laserschwert: You misspelled me :p
    and no I don't. I don't know why. and you know what? I don't have the movies either.
  25. Darth_Silenous Jedi Master

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    halibut, I know how similar they are. However, they aren't exactly the same, and could have been reached through entirely different means. While Horner's has come through from several morphs of his own works (which DID originally get it's inspiration from a Russian piece; Prokoviev or Shostakovich, I don't remember)--we just don't know how changed it was. JW may have unwittingly come up with the same type of tune; we'll never know. ;)
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