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The Post
(2017)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Ramiro Belgardt
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Classical
(December 22nd, 2017)
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Regular U.S. release. The CD was made available two weeks after the digital version.
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Nominated for a Golden Globe.
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Buy it... if you seek reassurance that John Williams can still supply subtly suspenseful, intimately noble music consistent with his long-established dramatic mannerisms.

Avoid it... if you are a veteran Williams collector interested in hearing anything substantially new in this functional but largely understated, nostalgic work.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,766
WRITTEN 1/28/18
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The Post: (John Williams) At a time when dictatorial American president Donald Trump was dangerously eroding the public confidence in the free press, director Steven Spielberg rushed to produce a film about the famed Pentagon Papers that illuminated the government's secretly held, pessimistic assessment of the Vietnam War. A military contractor copied and leaked classified reports detailing how badly the war had actually been going for decades, and The New York Times and Washington Post newspapers fought and eventually won in court over their publishing of these accounts in 1971. The fallout from revelations segued directly into the reporting of the Watergate scandal that ended the Richard Nixon presidency. The production schedule of The Post was remarkably short in its development of the material, Spielberg irking supporters of The New York Times by concentrating on the concurrent deliberations by the editors and owner of the Washington Post paper instead. Actors Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks are in top form, and Spielberg's film won significant praise from an industry eager to embrace a fortuitously timed story about the importance of journalism. (Hanks, not surprisingly, refused the notion of personally screening the film at the White House for Trump.) Receiving muted but predictable praise was John Williams' score for The Post, earning the maestro awards consideration despite the music's short duration and restrained stature. Having collaborated with Spielberg for upwards of thirty films, Williams supplied music to this film rather than the director's concurrently produced Ready Player One, for which Spielberg turned instead to Alan Silvestri. Williams was already contending with a busy 2017, his music for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the animated short Dear Basketball yielding an extremely satisfying year of writing for the 85-year-old composer. By comparison to those two, emotionally overflowing scores, The Post is an exercise in Williams minimalism wholly appropriate for the context of the historical drama. The composer admitted that he had never experienced a newsroom environment, but he was certainly well prepared to handle political strife and conversational interplay from yesteryear, not to mention his usual knack for conveying subtle Americana tones of grave nobility. As such, he afforded the film a combination of propulsive, rhythmic tones for the news environment, somber ambience for the political stakes, elegant barroom piano for the characters, and a flourish of brass and string reverence at the end for the victory of the press.



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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 40:08
• 1. The Papers (3:56)
• 2. The Presses Roll (5:01)
• 3. Nixon's Order (1:47)
• 4. The Oak Room, 1971 (1:46)
• 5. Setting the Type (2:34)
• 6. Mother and Daughter (3:23)
• 7. Scanning the Papers (2:23)
• 8. Two Martini Lunch (2:34)
• 9. Deciding to Publish (5:42)
• 10. The Court's Decision and End Credits (11:04)

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The insert includes a list of performers and the customary note about the score and film from director Steven Spielberg.
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