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Comments about the soundtrack for Jurassic Park III (Don Davis)

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Davis' mastery of the larger orchestra+choir
• Posted by: Peter Marks   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2001, at 4:41 a.m.
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I have listened to this score again and again, yet I still fail to see why it warrants only 3 stars and such criticism. Firstly, what an orchestra to be able to play such mind-blowingly complex music! The well-placed use of the choir only adds to this sense of achievement. All sections of the orchestra are used to the maximum as well as (despite what the reviewer thinks) piano and harp. The timpani pounds gloriously-just what JW fans love.

If a score like Cutthroat Island or Independence Day can be given 5 stars, then so can this score. It has elements of Debney/Arnold in places, but to hear pure Williams from the Jaws genre just listen to track 4. Quiet music lulls us into a sense of security then sudden action music scares us just like in that track in Jaws which I cannot remember the number exactly. The ensuing strings and piano/timpani pounding are pure magic.

The orchestra is at times just frenzied, but this is one of the most original uses of a large orchestra in ages. Classical score fans have been craving this sort of thing for ages.

I thought that the JP theme had been over-used when I saw the film, but this is not so on the album. I could tell this was a top-notch score even from the sound clips on the internet. Now i have the whole score, my opinions were confirmed.

The very opening bassoon motif (from the prologue of JP1) on this album makes me shiver with delight every time I hear it. Also, Bone Man Ben is wonderful and makes me think of the JP1 score. Despite this and other use of Williams' themes, Davis has created an orchestral masterpiece all of his own, which fits into the series very well.

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