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Comments about the soundtrack for War of the Worlds (John Williams)
Composer vs. Musicians


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Composer vs. Musicians   Tuesday, July 19, 2005 (11:35 p.m.) 

I just read an article about John Williams telling that he believes the best and most talented musicians can ben found in the U.S.A. This was a bit baffling to me if you consider that he recorded over a dozen ost's with the prestigeous London Symphony Orchestra! He made it very clear that if it would be up to him ( and not the producer- director ) he does not agree with a lot of composers going to foreing country's to record there scores ( due to the extreme cost in U.SA. )

Any way. In this case of War of The Worlds I can totally agree! The score is performed top noch! And if you compare the tense cue's on this ost with the most tense pieces of music from 'Revenge of the Sith', I agree that the latter is just a bit less powerfull ( especially the percussion ). but in both cases they've been performed and recorded better then any other recent score! It's just the vintage John Williams Sound!!!

Greetz Jojo

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Re: Composer vs. Musicians   Monday, September 12, 2005 (7:59 a.m.) 

I suppose it all depends on who mixes the album. Shawn Murphy is of course one of the best when it comes to mixing and recording (as frequently heard on John Williams but also James Newton Howard scores). However I do not agree with the statement that it's so much better in the USA.

Sure a lot of composers choose Europe, especially East-Europe like Poland to mix and record their music as prices are cheaper over there, but that doesn't mean that the quality is decreasing. Mario Klemens and The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra are really great musicians. OK, I admit, the score for 'Avalon' was very porely rendered, especially the sequences with the solo-soprano Elzbieta Towarnicka, but Zbigniew Preisner's scores are always mixed masterly. Ennio Morricone is also a composer who always uses European studios. For 'Fateless', his new score featuring Lisa Gerrard he co-operated with the Hungarian Radio Orchestra and choir. A fluent and decent sound.

We cannot forget the French soundtrack studios used by famous composers like Gabriel Yared which newest score 'l'avion' is topquality. On the other side of the North Sea we find the famous Abbey Road Studios, often used by Williams himself. Furthermore Howard Shore used the Flemish Radio Orchestra which was also used by Zimmer on his concert. Stephen Warbeck uses the CTS studios in the UK...

I don't think that the best musicians and technicians are in the USA. There are so much more examples to give here. John Williams is a great composer no doubt, and yes, a lot of top composers are born in the USA, but let us not forget that the film society is so much more bigger and provides more opportunities for composers in the States.

Anyway, I'm proud of the European musicians and composers and besides, a bit of patriotism is OK, isn't it?

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