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on 18 November 2015
One of William's very finest scores: low key but involving, haunting, and very, very beautiful. I have listened to it many times and it develops, and deepens. (There are hints of Debussy). As I get older, such scores, in contrast to those famous, signature Spielberg scores form the 70s and 80s, are the ones that really last. Listen to 'Stepmom', for instance. Or 'Lincoln'. Add 'The Book Thief' to those and you have an alternative collection of profoundly beautiful works.
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on 29 November 2013
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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on 22 December 2013
[...] 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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on 23 November 2013
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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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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on 29 December 2013
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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on 28 January 2014
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.

I sincerely hope that John Williams will write more scores in the future (I'm especially looking forward to the new Star Wars score), but no matter what, his score for The Book Thief could easily be a perfect swan song for one of the greatest (film) composers that ever lived.

If you enjoy film music written for full symphony orchestra with powerful orchestrations and hauntingly beautiful melodies, then the Book Thief by John Williams is a must have for you. Because sadly there are very few composers like him left out there. The genuine geniuses. And every new piece of music they write is treasure.

Get this CD and, like me, be grateful for the art of John Williams.
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on 8 December 2013
Williams scores have become rare over the years (with the exception of an occasional Spielberg film) so when he scores a movie it's always an event. For me, the man NEVER dissapoints. He's in a league of his own and this score oozes class. It's scored for a relatively small orchestra but the soloists get a real workout. There are hints of older scores (Angela's Ashes, Presumed Innocent) but he makes it sound fresh. Williams doesn't lay it on thick and the whole thing has a sombre feel but a lot of hope comes through. Refreshingly, there's a genuine end credits suite where all the themes come together. Like I said, it's classy. Not a masterpiece but a beautiful score nonetheless.
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on 2 February 2014
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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on 17 January 2014
At times this sounds like Step Mom but I can look over that as it plays very well. Strong arrangement of theme and given the subject matter quite emotional. Finale cues are stand out moments.
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