Empire of the Sun

Warner Bros. Records (0075992566827)
Warner Bros. Germany (0075992566827)
Movie | Released: 1987 | Format: CD, Download

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# Track Artist/Composer Duration
1.Suo GanThe Ambrosian Junior Choir2:19
2.Cadillac Of The Skies3:48
3.Jim's New Life2:33
4.Lost In The Crowd5:39
5.Imaginary Air Battle2:35
6.The Return To The City7:45
7.Liberation: Exsultate Justi1:46
8.The British Greadiers2:25
9.Toy Planes, Home And HearthChopin Mazurka Opus 17 No.44:37
10.The Streets Of Shanghai5:11
11.The Pheasant Hunt4:24
12.No Road Home/Seeing The Bomb6:10
13.Exsultate Justi4:59
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Empire of the Sun - 08/10 - Review of Tom Daish, submitted at
As the first 'adult' film (in terms of content) that Spielberg and Williams did together, the result is some excellent choral work and a musical treat from start to finish. Ironically, one of the highlights of the score is the hymn Sao Gan, a Welsh traditional hymn not composed by John Williams. This is a very beautiful hymn, superbly sung by the Ambrosian Junior Choir with a treble soloist. The Williams choral work Exsultate Justi, is inspired, at Spielberg's request, by the choral work of Morricone's The Mission. The similarity is fairly superficial really and Williams' music is distinct on its own. In fact it is more similar to a classical choral piece by Haydn or Mozart, but it still retains Williams' style to characterise it as his. There are some soaring parts to this score, particularly in Cadillac of the Skies where the music really does take you up into the clouds with the 'planes depicted in the film. There is much 'adult' action music such as Lost in the Crowd in which the hero, Jim, gets lost from his parents in their attempt to escape the war. On the other hand the delightful scherzo, Jim's New Life is one of those jolly little pieces that can often get lost in the midst of Williams' stunning output, but it none the less adds a delightful child-like touch to the score. The orchestral and choral performances are all first rate.
Golden Globes: Best Original Score (Nominee)
Oscars: Best Original Score (Nominee)
The music of this soundtrack was used in:

Waterworld (Trailer)

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