CHARLIE BRIGDEN IS A WRITER AND JOURNALIST BASED IN SOUTH WALES WHO SPECIALISES IN FILM AND FILM MUSIC WRITING. HE HAS A REPUTATION FOR AN INCISIVELY ANALYTIC AND ENTERTAINING STYLE AND CAN BE FOUND AT SUCH PLACES AS THE QUIETUS AND ROGER EBERT AS WELL AS WORKING FOR CLIENTS LIKE MONDO AND INDICATOR.

Music From The Star Wars Saga

By Charlie Brigden swsaga

Title: Music From The Star Wars Saga

Composer: John Williams; performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

The Film: Six large-scale space opera films, about three good ones.

The Score: Another compilation of music from the saga,arranged in order of release. Episodes I, IV, and V all get four tracks each, with the rest only receiving one. All but one tracks are recorded by the reliable CoPPO, albeit with different conductors. It makes a difference too, with the best-sounding tracks conducted by the brilliant Nic Raine.

Distinguishing Features: The excellent if sometimes off-tempo 'The Throne Room', the beautiful 'Princess Leia' and 'Across The Stars'. The lovely 'Anakin's Theme'.

Final Thoughts: Somewhat of a mixed bag. Ideal perhaps for introducing someone to the music of the saga, and the album features the tracks you'd imagine. Perhaps it should have been a 2-CD set as Return of the Jedi is woefully underrepresented. It works better for me in a different program arrangement, if you want to try mine arrange/program the tracks as follows:  1,3,13,10,5,8,6,2,11,14,9,12,7,15,4.

Music From The Star Wars Saga is out now on CD and digital from Silva Screen

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