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  • Audio CD (11 Nov. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • ASIN: B00FBTYW8G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,763 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen20. Rudy is Taken 2:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Finale 2:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. The Book Thief 7:05£0.99  Buy MP3 

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About the soundtrack:

The score is composed by John Williams a legend among movie composers, who has written some of the best-known scores in film history. His work includes the music for all of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones films, the first three Harry Potter films, Jaws,Superman, E.T., Schindler’s List, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Memoirs of a Geisha and Jurassic Park. Williams has won five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, seven BAFTA Awards and no fewer than 21 Grammy Awards – this total of 47 Academy Award nominations makes him the Academy’s most-nominated living person and has been exceeded only by Walt Disney.

Synopsis:

Based on the beloved bestselling book by Markus Zusak, The Book Thief tells the inspirational story of the spirited and courageous young girl Liesel who transforms the lives of everyone around her. While subjected to the horrors of WWII Germany, she finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refuge is being sheltered by her adoptive parents. An unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Synchrotones on 22 Dec. 2013
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[...] For Williams to take on this project means he must have really believed in it. And that shines through in his music. It is an elegant, intimate score written in a style that is quintessential (and almost exclusively these days) Williams. As such "The Book Thief" offers no surprises, but instead offers heartfelt beauty in abundance. Its coherency is also noteworthy, with the numerous themes seemingly derived from one an other. Those who enjoyed "Seven Years in Tibet", "Angela's Ashes" and the likes will find a wonderful addition to their library. Whilst it's a 2013 highlight, I believe the `safe' nature of the music will render it unremarkable in the long run. Nonetheless, a classy alternative to the scattered `punk' mind-set that dominates modern filmscoring. [...]

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pasi Tiitinen on 29 Dec. 2013
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Haunting music. Beautifully written and orchestrated, well it's John Williams.
A rare gem among the other soundtracks, they tend to be just noise mostly sound design. Not music.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Colm Mulvey on 29 Nov. 2013
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Fantastic music and a real gem of a score especially in a world where Hans Zimmer seems to rule Hollywood with his droning and clones dominating the film score world.... Williams shows why he's head and shoulders above everyone else.... beautiful themes and beautiful orchestration..... I would also warn you that there's clipping or a popping sound on track 14 at the 1.44min mark.... seems to be a problem in the CD Manufacturing
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cachat on 23 Nov. 2013
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The Book Thief is John Williams showing he can also be a master of restraint. There's no orchestral fireworks as you might expect, but instead aching strings, mesmerising orchestral textures and haunting themes. Perfect for the film, surprisingly sedate at times - yet manages to sound classic and modern and the same time. This shows yet again that Maestro Williams is in a class of his own. May there be many more scores from him yet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Sage on 2 Feb. 2014
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Sent for the cd after hearing an extract. Not disappointed fab music by John Williams and set to be another film score classic
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First of all, I have a confession to make. My name is not John Williams. I use it as a tribute for my favorite composer, maestro Williams.

Now onto the music. The Book Thief is to Williams, what the late violin concertos are to Beethoven. Music that represents a composer in his prime and also at the later part of his career who now can do anything because he has reached such a high level of talent and virtousity that it seems music comes to him as easily as breathing.

The Book Thief is not the best piece John Williams has ever written. Nor should it be. Let's admit it, he has given us so many classic movie scores, that one can hardly count them. He's had a career like no other composer, and in his 80s the Maestro now seeks something intimate and emotional, where he can utilize his broad and colourful melodic capacity, his rich orchestrations, and create something coming deeply from his heart, honest and raw emotions that are born in his mind and heart and soul. This is music that someone who has lived and seen and felt a great many things throughout his long and exciting life, managed to focus and transform into art.

The Book Thief is an unorthodox book in terms of storytelling concept, and I think there couldn't be found a more suitable composer for the task than Williams to accompany this unique and moving story.

The music is an amalgamation of some of his greatest earlier scores such as Memoirs of a Geisha, Schindler's list or any of his dramatic music from the past two decades. While this statement tells that the music of TBT is not completely new and original, It's actually a compliment, because all the aforementioned scores are now considered classics.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David H J Ashdown TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Jan. 2014
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A haunting collection that merges into one seamless experience quite unlike much of his previous work , there are no disturbing crescendos to deflect the mood , it's the sort of music you need to sit down and relax to enjoy it fully. If you're feeling tense just sit down slip in the CD and enjoy unwinding.
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