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Memoirs of a Geisha

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4.6 out of 5 stars 125 customer reviews

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John Williams, Memoirs of a Geisha

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Director Rob Marshall hired three of Asia's most fabulous stars (Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, and Gong Li) for this Japan-set movie, so one wonders why he didn't put in a call to a local composer as well. Was Tan Dun's line busy? Was Joe Hisaishi otherwise engaged? In any case, John Williams won the assignment, and he didn't end up with egg on his face. Mercifully, Williams left the bombast at home and put cellist Yo-Yo Ma and violinist Itzhak Perlman to good use in this sensitive score. The lovely "Sayuri's Theme" resurfaces at regular intervals, and it's good to hear Williams keep his showier instincts in check through a good chunk of the movie, as he delivers a more subdued sound. One of the most dramatic moments happens during "The Fire Scene and the Coming of War." By then Williams has basically reverted to the familiar, brooding mode he uses for ominous scenes, when suddenly the track integrates an excerpt from "The Folding Fan as a Target," a traditional piece for voice and the Japanese lute known as biwa. Though Williams is right to err on the side of low key, it would have been nice to get more of these stark sounds in his competent but ultimately unmemorable compositions. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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Product details

  • Audio CD (November 22, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Alliance
  • Run Time: 61 minutes
  • ASIN: B000BJS4TO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 125 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,429 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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