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Saving Private Ryan: Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Soundtrack]

John Williams (Composer)Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)

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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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  • 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: #8,531 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

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most powerful music I've heard for a motion picture 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
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Saving Private Ryan...A John William's classic! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and Perfect in its message, just like the movie January 18, 2000
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A Soundtrack Depicting Both The Valor and Human Toll of War
I disagree with those who feel that just because it is a war movie it needs crashing cymbals, gigantic drum rolls, and overbearing brass. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Steven Kerry
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great music at a great price!
Published 3 months ago by D. Silva
4.0 out of 5 stars Collection
This album has to be one of the best coming from John Williams. I've listened to this album more than a dozen times. John Williams made a great score for each scene.
Published 14 months ago by DevilDogCota
5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant and somber
Not much can be said by me that has not better been said by others. Saving Private Ryan is an iconic film that should be considered mandatory viewing for all Americans. Read more
Published 17 months ago by JBRENNA
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Soundtrack
I really enjoyed the movie and really like the score by John Williams. The last two tracks of the score are the best of the whole soundtrack.
Published 18 months ago by Stargate310
5.0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack
Very moving! I highly recommend this soundtrack to everyone who enjoys wonderful music. I would have to give this a big thumbs up.
Published 20 months ago by Mr. T.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for the John Williams Fan
John Williams classic album - Hymn to the Fallen is the most amazing piece of its kind! A wonderful tribute to the men who died to preserve our country.
Published 21 months ago by JDO3
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
John Williams has composed some of the most recognizeable themes in modern history, but it baffles my mind that "Hymn to the Fallen" has not received more attention. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Keith Lingle
5.0 out of 5 stars Subtle and enjoyable. . .
I have always enjoyed works done by John Williams and this CD was no exception. Filled with the most peaceful scores ever produced by John Williams, I can find myself relaxing to... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Chad L. McLendon
4.0 out of 5 stars Not One of Williams's Best, but Still Inspiring
I once tweeted that when I listen to the music of John Williams, I feel heroic, no matter what I'm doing -- washing the dishes, paying bills, napping. This is no exception. Read more
Published on January 19, 2011 by Pen Name
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