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I'd only expect this sort of pedantry from Thor.

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You also selected more than one score:    

1 minute ago, Chewy said:

Excuse me?

 

Yes, it was a toss-up between JOHN GOLDFARB PLEASE COME HOME and THE BOOK THIEF, but I landed on the latter because it also exemplifies my general lack of enthusiasm for Williams' scores in the last 15 years.

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I agree, The Book Thief is nothing extraordinary, but I use it a lot as background music. I'm expecting a lot more from Spielberg's upcoming movie about his childhood.

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Many of JNH's action/thriller scores - Salt, Bourne Legacy, and the last two Hunger Games scores.

 

Slight pattern there - I didn't like any of those movies. (well, Mockingjay pt 1 was fun, but not 2)

 

1 hour ago, Naïve Old Fart said:

It's pretty well known, on this site, that I have very little love for SCHINDLER'S LIST. I'm not fond of FAR AND AWAY, either.

 

Oh yeah, this too. I've aways said that I respect Schindler's List if you see it as a serious concert work, but you're not going to find me listening to it.

 

Far and Away has a few good parts.

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2 hours ago, Richard Penna said:

Far and Away has a few good parts.

 

I was this close to lambasting you for that comment but, on reflection, I guess it really does only have a couple of [outstanding] highlights. The Land Race cue is essential for any budding Williams enthusiast; in fact, it's the only cue I return to nowadays.

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Hibernophobia I can live with, but "antisemitism" my arse! I could say something about a certain Jew who lived 2000 years ago, whom I hold in very high regard, but that would break several "No Religion" rules.

I just don't like the score, is all. There are many "Jewish" scores that I love, QB VII, and MASADA to name but two, but SCHINDLER'S LIST has never moved me.

Like the film, it's a score that I'm expected to like, but I refuse to be hit over the head with "greatness", or "importance", no matter the director, composer, or subject matter.

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Of course, the theme has been performed so many times, it's become an evergreen -- hence losing some of its initial emotional impact (even if it's brilliant). I find myself more moved by other secondary themes, like "Remembrances" and "Jewish Town". But I hardly ever play SCHINDLER'S LIST; I have to be in a certain kind of mood.

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1 minute ago, Thor said:

But I hardly ever play SCHINDLER'S LIST; I have to be in a certain kind of mood.

 

Me neither even though I'm really impressed with what Williams came up with. Hearing a street musician play it makes you understand how strong it really is. 

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Trying to think of composers I'd listen to all of their works but one.

 

1. Williams - listen to everything

2. Borodin - listen to everything

3. Uematsu - listen to everything. won't include some older synthesized, as every live remake has been passable with some quality ie.

4. [Insert more composers... will go on forever, Prokofiev, Sugiyama, Glazunov, etc.]

5. Grieg? - aha. everything except Hall of the Mountain King. so overplayed and overrated it drives me nuts now :banghead:

 

 

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