Composed By: John Williams

Distributed by: Sony Classical

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                Lincoln, Steven Spielberg's latest historical film, stars Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role as Abraham Lincoln.  The movie focuses on the final  months of office of the 16th President, a time in which the country was at war with itself and a proclamation was about to change the face of the war and the nation as a whole.

                The musical score of Lincoln was created by award winning composer John Williams.  With over five decades of film scoring under his belt, John Williams is one of the most recognized and respected names in the industry.  Some of his most well-known film scores include the music for all of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones films, the first three Harry Potter movies, E.T., Jaws, Superman, Schindler's List, Memoirs of a Geisha, War Horse, Munich, The Adventures of Tintin and more.

                Performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Chorus, the music of Lincoln perfectly represents the time period with a sound that feels as if it belongs to the 1860s.  The music is most often somber, reflecting the seriousness of the times, but there are a couple of tracks in which "the hair is let down" so to speak.  Getting out the Vote and The Race to the House are a whole lot of fun with fast-paced tracks rife with fiddles and banjos.  Call to Muster and Battle Cry of Freedom are lyrical tracks that offer the listener an idea of what it was like to be around during the attempts to persuade more men to fight for the union. 

                While I loved the faster-paced music, some of the most poignant tracks feature a much slower, more dramatic pace with piano or trumpet solos as in The People's House, The Peterson House and Finale and "With Malice Toward None."

                John Williams does it once again, creating a musical score that places the listener directly into the time period of the film, offering a feel as to what it must have been like to live during this tumultuous moment in American history.  The Lincoln Soundtrack is a terrific accompaniment to the visuals of the film but also makes an excellent stand alone album, featuring some very elegant orchestral pieces worth taking a listen to.


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