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listen  1. Hymn To The Fallen (Saving Private Ryan/Soundtrack Version) 6:10Album Only
listen  2. Revisiting Normandy (Saving Private Ryan/Soundtrack Version) 4:05Album Only
listen  3. Omaha Beach (Saving Private Ryan/Soundtrack Version) 9:15Album Only
listen  4. Finding Private Ryan (Saving Private Ryan/Soundtrack Version) 4:37Album Only
listen  5. Approaching The Enemy (Saving Private Ryan/Soundtrack Version) 4:30Album Only
listen  6. Defense Preparations (Saving Private Ryan/Soundtrack Version) 5:54Album Only
listen  7. Wade's Death (Saving Private Ryan/Soundtrack Version) 4:30Album Only
listen  8. High School Teacher (Saving Private Ryan/Soundtrack Version)11:02Album Only
listen  9. The Last Battle (Saving Private Ryan/Soundtrack Version) 7:56Album Only
listen10. Hymn To The Fallen (Saving Private Ryan/Soundtrack Version (Reprise)) 6:10Album Only

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 21, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: July 21, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Dreamworks
  • Run Time: 169 minutes
  • ASIN: B000009DUY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,887 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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What appears on screen during the World War II movie Saving Private Ryan suggests that director Steven Spielberg has studied the hyperviolence of Quentin Tarantino, John Woo, and Stanley Kubrick (think Full Metal Jacket). What you hear, however, assures that Spielberg still collects Norman Rockwell paintings. Composed by Spielberg's long-time musical companion, John Williams, Ryan denies the pair's penchant for ebullience in favor of funereal grace. Rather than mirror the visual kinetics, Williams lends the gunfire a tone-poem aura. Oliver Stone's Platoon makes the best comparison; remember how Barber's Adagio for Strings accompanied its most bloody moments? Williams later worked with Stone on JFK and Nixon, providing scores so somber, they qualified as morose. They remain two of his best, and Saving Private Ryan shares their restraint. --Marc Weidenbaum

Customer Reviews

Hymn to the Fallen is a great tribute to the soldiers of WW2.
"skywalker@blazenet.net"
Listening to this soundtrack, the music followed me around for days, and now I often watch the movie not so much to see it, but to hear it.
Jared Savage
I highly recommend this soundtrack to everyone who enjoys wonderful music.
Mr. T.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Chek Yang Foo on December 26, 1999
Format: Audio CD
After having listened to quite a bit of film music over the last decade, the singularly most moving film music I've heard for a motion picture- and not just from Williams' discography but from any film music composer- is for Saving Private Ryan. Steven Spielberg's gritty monumental film demonstrates personal honour, unmitigated courage, and selfless endeavour; and William's "Hymn To the Fallen" in this soundtrack mourn supreme sacrifice, but yet salute resolute heroism. The score here has been highly praised on the Amazon customer reviews; and I'm glad to add my vote with the other supporters here too of this magnificent music-making. I'd add however that I found not just the Hymn inspiring; but the second last track, "The Last Battle" (heard just after Captain John Miller is wounded and takes on the last Panzer tank, and lasts all the way until the modern day visitation back to the cemetery), worked equally as well. In fact, aside from the Hymn, and the "Han Solo and Princess Leia" theme from the closing moments of The Empire Strikes Back, there hasn't been another cue from any motion picture that has so powerfully brought back the emotions I felt when watching the motion picture on the big screen.
I was just reading a film critic's review of this score, and William's work here was described as one where apart from the Hymn, otherwise had no recognisable theme, or suspense; ultimately leading to an slow, boring listening experience.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Alex Diaz-Granados on April 21, 2004
Format: Audio CD
John Williams' score for Saving Private Ryan, Steven Spielberg's searing World War II drama about eight U.S. soldiers ordered to rescue a paratrooper whose three brothers lost their lives in combat, follows the simple-is-better-than-operatic format that made his music for 1993's Schindler's List powerful and effective.
Considering that most of Williams' film scores tend to be very bombastic and energetic (his Star Wars and Indiana Jones music tends to follow the Wagner/Korngold tradition of big orchestras and action-oriented cues), it's refreshing to hear this very prolific (and much-imitated) composer use orchestral restraint where he might have been tempted to utilize strident and Sousa-like marches, as is common in most war movies, especially movies about World War II.
But starting with the reverent-yet-mournful "Hymn to the Fallen" (a piece that is not heard till the End Credits, but is nevertheless an apt start to this album), Williams utilizes musical motifs to highlight the different aspects of the Normandy invasion as experienced by Capt. John Miller (Tom Hanks) and the seven GIs who have been assigned to retrieve Pvt. James Ryan (Matt Damon) from the small airhead held by the 101 Airborne Division on the Cotentin Peninsula in the days following the D-Day landings. This beautiful yet haunting piece sets the proper tone for this album, and is reprised at the end. (Careful listeners will note that this arrangement is not used in the film, however. Williams and Spielberg use a longer version of this music that also incorporates the "Omaha Beach Theme.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Payne on May 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Saving Private Ryan. Written in July 1998, Saving Private Ryan is known as one of more peaceful scores of John Williams. Much different then much of the music that John Williams has written, this score depicts the beaches of Omaha well. The main score of the soundtrack, "Hymn to the Fallen", is a piece that starts with quiet drums of war in the background, before the Tanglewood choir joins the music, making it a track that makes you want to think back at the beaches at Normandy, and all the fallen men. (I won't blame you if you cry while listening to this one!) Very little of the music on Saving Private Ryan is tense. Most of the other tracks have the main theme mixed into them. You wouldn't think that a war movie such as Saving Private Ryan would have a peaceful soundtrack, while most World War II movies have very tense soundtracks. This score is probably what brings the movie out so well, since it is not your average World War II score. If you enjoy quiet and slow music, (or if you like soundtracks such as Rudy or Glory) this is just the soundtrack for you. This score also reminds me of "Empire of the Sun" in many ways, since it is also based on World War II, and has the same John William's style. Overall, this is a great soundtrack.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 18, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Being an passionate fan of movie scores, I immediately went out and bought this soundtrack. Consider me the common man with a simple point of view.
Simply put, the music on this CD is heroic, forceful, paced and suitable for the picture that this movie wants to paint.
Examples: Hymn to the Fallen is not heard during the body of the film and in my opinion should not be. It was probably written as a lasting monument to the fallen (as Spielberg himself says) and would have been entirely inappropriate had it been included in the text of the film. It's somber and neutral in its performance and absolutely perfect for the movie.
The other track worth mentioning here is Approaching the Enemy. This piece clearly communicates what I can only assume that most foot soldiers go through. Tedious, labored, weary, fatigued - all good words to describe the journey that most of these men had to make. Listening to this track IS monotonous, repetitious, and redundant - and this is exactly the message that John Williams was trying to communicate. He did his job, and in my opinion did it well.
A good CD will contain 2 tracks that you definitely like, IF you are lucky. This CD, in the opinion of most people (even its critics), contains at least 4 of them. That being the case, it definitely qualifies as a great CD.
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