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Monday, February 06, 2006

CD REVIEW - Munich

Music by John Williams
Decca 9879142 (EU)
18 Tracks 62:44 mins

John Williams' Oscar-nominate score for this Steven Spielberg thriller, which tells the story of how the Israelis hit back following the atrocity at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, is a mix of very dark, tense and suspenseful cues, some of them quite gripping, and passionate laments for the lost, beginning with the opening track Munich, 1972, which commences with Lisbeth Scott's passionate vocal, before descending into darkness. Ms Scott reprises the lament, even more passionately, in Remembering Munich and instrumental variations can be heard in Avner and Daphna and Thoughts of Home.
Another very passionate theme is introduced in A Prayer for Peace. This moving string theme is perhaps not quite as memorable as some past efforts like for Schindler's List, but is probably still destined to join the composer's concert repertoire, especially if the score triumphs at next month's Academy Awards. Avner's Theme presents the theme on solo guitar, whilst orchestra joins the same instrument for Bonding. Finally, the End Credits find cello and piano alternating as leads with the orchestra, bringing the score to a satisfying close.
It's been a bumper year for John Williams fans and I've just got to catch up with Memoirs of a Geisha to complete the picture.


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