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Release Date: 2005-05-02
Publication Date: 2000-01-01
Media Type: Audio CD
Artists: John Williams
Publishers / Manufacturers: Sony Classical
Star Wars And The Revenge Of The Sith Medley
Battle Of The Heroes
Grievous And The Droids
Anakin Vs Obi-Wan
Anakin's Dark Deeds
Enter Lord Vader
The Immolation Scene
Grievous Speaks To Lord Sidious
The Birth Of The Twins And Padme's Destiny
A New Hope And End Credits
Chapter 1: A Long Time Ago - 20th Century Fox Fanfare / Star Wars Main Title [From All Films]
Chapter 2: Dark Forces Conspire - Duel Of The Fates [From Star Wars Episode 1 'The Phantom Menace']
Chapter 3: A Hero Rises - Anakin's Theme [From Star Wars Episode I 'The Phantom Menace']
Chapter 4: A Fateful Love - Across The Stars [From Star Wars Episode II 'Attack Of The Clones']
Chapter 5: A Hero Falls - Battle Of The Heroes [From Star Wars Episode III 'Revenge Of The Sith']
Chapter 6: An Empire Is Forged - The Imperial March [From Star Wars Episode V 'The Empire Strikes Back']
Chapter 7: A Planet That Is Farthest From - The Dune Sea Of Tatooine / Jawa Sandcrawler [From Star Wars Episode IV 'A New Hope']
Chapter 8: An Unlikely Alliance - Binary Sunset / Cantina Band [From Star Wars Episode IV 'A New Hope']
Chapter 9: A Defender Emerges - Princess Leia's Theme [From Star Wars Episode IV 'A New Hope']
Chapter 10: A Daring Rescue - Ben's Death / The Fighter Attack [From Star Wars Episode IV 'A New Hope']
Chapter 11: A Jedi Is Trained - Yoda's Theme [From Star Wars Episode V 'The Empire Strikes Back']
Chapter 12: A Narrow Escape - The Asteroid Field [From Star Wars Episode V 'The Empire Strikes Back']
Chapter 13: A Bond Unbroken - Luke And Leia [From Star Wars Episode VI 'Return Of The Jedi']
Chapter 14: A Sanctuary Moon - The Forest Battle (Concert Suite) [From Star Wars Episode VI 'Return Of The Jedi']
Chapter 15: A Life Redeemed - Light Of The Force [From Star Wars Episode VI 'Return Of The Jedi']
Chapter 16: A New Day Dawns [From Star Wars Episode IV 'A New Hope']
Not Found - Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sit
Completes my set
For years we've been hearing that Episode III is going to be the darkest chapter of the Star Wars saga, and if the soundtrack is anything to go by, that promise is about to be fulfilled in spectacular style.
John Williams' score is a far more sombre affair this time. Of course, there are still the rousing battle themes such as 'The Revenge of the Sith' and 'Grievous and the Droids', but the majority of the material here is shot through with a mixture of overwhelming evil and tragic despair. The main new theme, 'Battle of the Heroes', is a perfect example; menacing and exciting, but with more than a hint of sadness running through it. For those like me who love 'Duel of the Fates' from Episode I, there's plenty of the same spine-chilling choral work, and the emotive 'Across the Stars' also appears in some of the more melancholy moments. As this film forms the link to the original Star Wars trilogy, it's good to see some old favourites making a reappearance, most notably 'The Force...
Easily being the most anticipated soundtrack of the year, Revenge of the Sith was at the top of the list of my must-buys. Battle of the Heroes obviously stands out as the new theme of the movie (not as accomplished as 'Duel of the Fates' in my opinion) and its phrases of choir and good old-fashioned Williams' brass carry quite a bit of power. However, this and most of the disc's other themes seem to appear briefly and kept to a few tracks so there's quite a bit of non-thematic variety here, especially 'Palpatine's Teachings' and 'Padme's Ruminations', which feature lots of continuous droning, quite unlike previous Star Wars scores.
One of the highlights is 'Anakin's Betrayal', a track similar to 'You are the Pan' from 'Hook' that is full of tragedy and endlessly playable. There is plenty of sorrow in this soundtrack such as 'Anakin's Dream', 'The Immolation Scene' and 'Padme's Destiny' and it really does give you the sense that things are looking bleak. The CD then ends full...
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