It is remarkable how much the Star Wars Original Trilogy has become part of our culture - and how taken for granted the stunning soundtracks to the trilogy and the supposedly inferior Prequil trilogy are. Of course, Williams uses famous classical composers for inspiration, but he has lifted the movie soundtrack above any one else with these and his work on Jaws, Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park.
This is my son's introduction to orchestral music - he loves the films - and what a great way to start. The themes are simply excellent - from the opening fanfare, to the Darth Vader March, the Force theme, Leia's theme - these really are great to hear. The Prequil trilogy also has great music, like Battle of the Heroes and Darth Maul's theme and the recording of these 'lesser' film soundtracks are wonderful.
I am a musician, but I am not a technician. These just sound great to me. Clear, bright recordings, played superbly by the LSO, conducted by the composer. Not the kind of thing I normally buy, but you'd have to have a hole in your soul and collective memory not to rise in your chair when you hear this recording.
It might not be as original as Beethoven, Wagner or Strauss, but it's damn good music just the same.