- Audio CD (April 30, 2002)
- Deluxe Edition edition
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Enhanced, Soundtrack
- Label: Varèse Sarabande
- ASIN: B000063BNL
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #754,704 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
The Fury (Deluxe Edition) Enhanced, Soundtrack
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When scoring the film, the only directive Williams was given by De Palma was to emulate the spirit of the great Bernard Herrmann (who had just passed away a few years prior) and Williams takes inspiration from three particular scores of that composer: VERTIGO, PSYCHO, and SISTERS. The memorable main theme, with its Herrmann-style tragedy, is first heard in the "Main Title" on woodwinds before building with brass and finishing with pounding timpani. It is heavily used throughout and is heard in both overt and subtle guises.Read more ›
Thankfully, aficionados of film scoring have grown tremendously and "The Fury" ranks as a forgotten gem from one of the premier composers of the past forty years, a muscian with the awards to prove it.
Hopefully, a new version is in the works; but, until that time arrives, those that appreciate good scores will have to settle for this "truncated" release.
at the time. While his music from "Star Wars" may have been a tip of the hat to Korngold, he was approached by Brian de Palma to score this film in the style of Bernard Herrmann who had recently died.
Williams did use some characteristics of the Herrmann sound and improved upon them which
resulted in the creation of a rich and dark musical landscape, a "symphony macabre" so to speak and this is, in my opinion, one of Williams' best musical works. As this is the great re-recording with the London Symphony Orchestra and not the original soundtrack sessions I could only say that I wish the composer had redone the whole score, its just that good. The opening title music is very reminiscent of
Herrmann with the ascending/descending triadic figure for low woodwinds punctuated by strings and tympani, a highlight from start to finish as is this whole recording.
As much as I enjoy the composer's lyrical writing ("For Gillian") it is the darker
action passages that really form the spine of the score in this recording. The cues
"Gillian's Escape" and "Gillian's Vision" are true standouts here. Much of this music may seem melodramatic to some but for me it is music at some of its most powerful. Williams has never really scored horror with the exception of "Dracula" the following year but with "The Fury" he definitely proved he had the chops for it.
This film was made at the time when both Williams and Jerry Goldsmith were the two
most in demand composers in Hollywood and many great scores came from them in just that one year alone.Read more ›
Recommended scores by Williams: Jaws, Star Wars (all six films), ET, Raiders of the Lost Arc (all four films), Dracula, Superman (1978), Schindler's List, Hook, War Horse, The Tourist, Witches of Eastwick, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (first two in series), and Lincoln (I've missed several... sorry)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I definitely rank this with one of John Williams best scores, even though it wasn't Oscar nominated (it should have been though). Read morePublished on July 8, 2014 by Film Score fan
This is one of John Williams' finest scores and Varese Sarabande has done an incredible job in producing these CD's. Read morePublished on August 23, 2013 by Robert Delgiudice
Not as well known, but deserves high praise! I agree with the reviewers here - if you enjoy John williams' music, you will find this opus very intense and powerful, just do not... Read morePublished on January 19, 2012 by Customer54
The score for this film from John Williams stands on it's own merit. Williams completely captures the mood with this modern masterpiece of dramatic scoring that ranks with the... Read morePublished on April 21, 2000 by J. Lovins
Overshadowed by the many scores of the late 1970s are The Fury and Dracula. I really think JW went to twon with The Fury. Read morePublished on December 28, 1998 by email@example.com