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Comments about the soundtrack for Saving Private Ryan (John Williams)
2 Stars for the main review?....Better make it 5.

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2 Stars for the main review?....Better make it 5.   Tuesday, December 31, 2002 (5:57 a.m.) 

Now tell me this. Posted at the end of the main review were '2 Stars'. How in the world the reviewer managed to come up with that rubbish I will never know, but it leads me to believe that he/she has not fully accomplished the brilliance of Williams' work which is integrated in such an emotional and sombre movie.
True, the reviewer mentioned the magnificent scale of which 'Hymn to the Fallen' achieves...but what happened to Track No.3? - 'Omaha Beach'? If one sits themselves down in a quiet room, with Track 3 playing in the background, I believe they will equally enjoy this to 'Hymn to the Fallen'.
Suspense is built up right at the beginning of 'Omaha Beach' - with clear repetition of low, choral notes. Then,the main ensemble is released in a fine, orchesteral tune of which it perfectly fits into the movie.
Throughout this track, this 'MAIN THEME TUNE' of which the reviewer failed to spot is repeated many times - accomponied by the low-bass, tymphonies, violins, the distant drums and of course the lonely French Horn.

As a conclusion, one cannot support William's enough for his brilliance in creating a soundtrack that has integrated a recognisable theme tune with moments of low orchestral notes/high choral tunes, and I fully reccomend obtaining a copy of this soundtrack - purely for Tracks 1-4.

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Re: 2 Stars for the main review?....Better make it 5.   Tuesday, August 3, 2004 (1:34 p.m.) 

I fully agree with you. I too find 'Omaha Beach' as emotional, if not more so than 'Hymn to the Fallen', definitely a sombre highlight from Williams. The only track that doesn't have much emotion is 'Wade's Death', but even that is listenable.

As for the main theme, it appears several times throughout the score, and how the first review does not identify it is beyond me - I find it very hummable.

Sorry Christian, but this score deserves 3 stars at the very least.

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