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The River: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Soundtrack]

John Williams (Composer)Audio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 30, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: December 19, 1984
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B000003TEG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,221 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The River
2. Growing Up
3. The Pony Ride
4. Love Theme From The River
5. The Ancestral Home
6. Rain Clouds Gather
7. From Farm To Factory
8. Back From Town
9. Tractor Scene
10. A Family Meeting
11. Young Friends Farewell

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a gorgeous and moving score June 14, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This soundtrack is one of Williams' most beautiful, romantic and sentimental compositions ever.
The initial track, "The River," is a moving and vibrant piece. It features piano and trumpet solos and then a flute solo at the track's conclusion. A sweeping guitar melody is provided in "Growing Up." "Love Theme From The River" is analogous to the second half of the score's main theme. At times, there are foreboding and dark feelings. In "The Ancestral Home," one can easily visualize a farm atmosphere. As the piece sparkles with triumphant beats, it rises to a crescendo. Guitar and flute solos foreshadow and hint at doom and uncertainty in "Rain Clouds Gather." The seventh track, "From Factory," is very elegant as it contains creepy sounds from the piano. "Back From Town" features subtle parts from the main theme. In this particular track, a melodic love theme is interwoven with a piano solo. The most haunting piece is the constantly eerie "Tractor Scene." With piano accompaniment, the flutes solos are extremely pretty in "A Family Meeting." Essentially, this brings everything together from most of the score. In the final track, "Young Friends Farewell," the guitar/flute solo collaboration moves rapidly.
Awards: 1984 Academy Award Nominee for Best Original Score; 1984 Golden Globe Nominee for Best Score
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gorgeous and Heartbreaking Impression of Rolling Fields November 16, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Easily one of John Williams' most endearing soundtracks of all time. The music is melodic as one might expect of the composer's "popular" compositions (as opposed to, say, his jarring modern flute concerto) but it is a far more subtle piece than his overwhelming orchestral confections for Lucas and Spielberg. "The River" is sometimes melancoly, sometimes peaceful, sometimes mororse, but it is always searching for a way to carefully describe the love and determination and trumph of the characters who struggle in a glorious and unforgiving American landscape. Williams is a master of impressionistic music and this score speaks of sunsets along lonely country roads and whispers tales of the wind rustling through stalks of corn and rain rattling on the roof. With this score, Williams leaves behind the legacy of Copland (see "The Reivers" and "The Cowboys") and creates an American music that is all his own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Lesser Known Masterpiece June 4, 1999
By Staysun
Format:Audio CD
This 1984 Oscar nominated score features one of Williams' very best scores. The trumpet solo on the love theme alone is worth the price of the disc. This music can be enjoyed as a part of an ongoing collaboration with director Mark Rydell and his American film reflections. With the brilliant "Reivers" and "The Cowboys," this is the last of a rich orchestral Americana trilogy that deserves to be heard.
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The River is a good, well-crafted movie that may not have received the attention it deserved because of other films in the early 1980s about the struggling small farmer. One of the features that made this a wonderful film was the great soundtrack by John Williams--and now, more than 30 years later--it still brings me peace and enjoyment. I'm familiar with Goshen Valley in East TN where the film was made and where the story was actually to have taken place. The soundtrack recreates an enduring love for the land--and the haunting realities of hardships that nature often creates.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Largely-forgotten Williams gem May 8, 2014
By Rob
Format:Audio CD
While this isn't one of my favorite from Williams, and some of the tracks feel like they work better in a film setting than in isolated listening, there are some highpoints to this score, namely the first few tracks - 'The River', a very upbeat "country-feeling" title, 'Growing Up', which features some beautiful interplay of flute and guitar, 'The Pony Ride', which is another beautiful track featuring prominent guitar, the 'Love Theme' and 'The Ancestral Home' (the later which will sound familiar to some, as it's been sampled in some movie trailers in the past.) This is worth checking out, but understand its not quite in the category of some of Williams other works.
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