John Williams “Memoirs of a Geisha”

Album Reviews | Nov 22nd, 2005

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Record Label: Sony Classical
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With the year that John Williams is having, he could be potentially running
against himself in the majority of 2005-06 Best Film Score category for
the Oscars. First, Star Wars Episode III, Memoirs of a Geisha and possibly
Munich, Williams is on a role. With the help of famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma,
Memoirs of a Geisha is a great record filled with beautiful music, and
pieces that resemble that time period in Japan. Not to mention, Williams
has called on help from famed Violin soloist, Itzhak Perlman. Some may
remember his extraordinary work on the Schindler’s List. Critics may say
that Williams’ score is similar to his work on Seven Days in Tibet and
Schindler’s List but I think it varies in that it has that Asian element to

Most of the tracks are light, subtle pieces that I am sure go well with
the picture. Better than that as well. If that’s one thing John Williams
does great, is incorporate feelings and emotions in his music, and draws
that out of the viewers as they watch the film. You can bet Memoirs of a
Geisha will be out in the running for many Oscars, and best score is going
to be one of them. Williams has turned in a excellent score, and with great
musicians like Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, to pitch in and strengthen the
score and movie.

Bottom Line: Film score fans and John Williams fanatics will enjoy
Notable Tracks: Sayuri’s Theme, Chiyo’s Prayer, Becoming a Geisha,
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