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Schindler's List
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Composed, Conducted, Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Violin Solos by:
Itzhak Perlman

Performed by:
The Boston Symphony Orchestra

The Li-Ron Herzeliya Children's Choir

The Ramat Gan Chamber Choir
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MCA Records/Universal
(December 7th, 1993)

MCA Records
(August 29th, 1995)
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Regular U.S. release. A remastered "gold" edition was issued in 1995 with the exact same contents, similar to the concurrent gold Apollo 13 release.
Winner of an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, and a Grammy Award. Nominated for a Golden Globe.
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Buy it... if you're not afraid of being moved by an emotional, artistic masterpiece, a more subtle triumph in the career of John Williams.

Avoid it... only if the subject matter bothers you too greatly to enjoy its powerful musical accompaniment.
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WRITTEN 9/24/96, REVISED 8/27/06
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1995 Album

1993 Album (5.99)

Schindler's List: (John Williams) Based on the novel by Thomas Keneally and a screenplay by Steven Zaillian, Schindler's List is the powerful story of factory owner Oskar Schindler and his evolving plight to save Jews during Nazi Germany, first for the purposes of the profits of his own factory, and eventually for the sake of saving as many people from extermination as possible. Shot mostly in black and white, the film's balance between audacious presence and passionate restraint is the mastery of Steven Spielberg, who maintains that Schindler's List was his most emotionally charged professional directorial project. The film swept the Academy Awards (among other ceremonies) for 1993, giving Spielberg his overdue statuette and proving that any terrible and vivid madness, no matter how horrifying, can be elegantly portrayed in a dignified fashion on film. One crucial element in the success of Schindler's List was the score by John Williams; Spielberg and Williams together had just completed Jurassic Park, a film score that had brought endless riches and popularity throughout the year. As much of a success as Jurassic Park was (and Williams was already doing the concert rounds and showing if off at the end of his shows), Schindler's List would ultimately overshadow the previous score with such an enormous memorable punch that Jurassic Park has come dangerously close to being classified as a "forgotten" or "underrated" score a dozen years later. It has been argued that Schindler's List's is Williams' greatest score in his lengthy career, and while nobody with a decent film score collection will dispute its title as Williams' best "artistic" effort, it's really difficult to compare it to the classic horror and adventure scores for which Williams had earned his previous Academy Awards. Regardless of context, though, Schindler's List is a force to be reckoned with, and its success on screen and album exists in Williams' ability to precisely mirror Spielberg's own passionate restraint in the production process.

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Total Time: 64:36
• 1. Theme from Schindler's List (4:14)
• 2. Jewish Town (Krakow Ghetto - Winter '41) (4:40)
• 3. Immolation (With Our Lives, We Give Life) (4:43)
• 4. Rememberances (4:20)
• 5. Schindler's Workforce (9:08)
• 6. OYF'N Pripetshok and Nacht Aktion (2:56)
• 7. I Could Have Done More (5:52)
• 8. Auschwitz-Birkenau (3:40)
• 9. Stolen Memories (4:20)
• 10. Making the List (5:10)
• 11. Give Me Your Names (4:54)
• 12. Yeroushalaim Chel Zahav (Jerusalem of Gold) (2:17)
• 13. Rememberances (with Itzhak Perlman) (5:16)
• 14. Theme from Schindler's List (Reprise) (2:59)
(most track times on the 1993 packaging are incorrect)

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The packaging includes the following note from Steven Spielberg:

"With dignity and compassion, John Williams has composed original and stunningly classical music for Schindler's List in a collection of themes and orchestral remembrances that will haunt you. The antihuman events beginning with Kristallnacht (1938) to the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau (1944) posed a deliberate challenge to both John and me: how to make the unimaginable factual, and how to create not so much a motion picture but a document of those intolerable times.

The choice John Williams made was gentle simplicity. Most of our films together have required an almost operatic accompaniment, which is fitting for Indiana Jones, Close Encounters, or Jaws. Each of us had to depart from our characteristic styles and begin again. This is certainly an album to be attended with closed eyes and unsequestered hearts.

Joining John in honoring the memory of the Shoah is the world renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman. His and John's contribution to the musical literature of this project is significant. I want to thank them both for making Schindler's List the most deeply moving filmmaking experience of my life."
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