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John Williams - Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Number of Discs
2
Release Date
08/26/1997
Artist
John Williams
Format
CD / Album
Label / Studio
RCA Victor / RCA
Duration
02:04:21

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Widely regarded as the finest film in the series, The Empire Strikes Back found composer John Williams in complete control of the Star Wars universe. Having already established a wide berth of memorable character motifs and notable hero/villain cues, he fleshed out the old and brought in the new with special attention paid to the movie's darker themes, resulting in one of the most cohesive and fully realized scores of his career. Beginning with the unmistakable main titles, Williams launches into "The Ice Planet Hoth," a peerless battle theme that utilizes the composer's vast orchestral arsenal to great effect. Pounding percussion, brass, and the intricate weaving in and out of familiar themes from the previous installment engage the audience from the very first note. All of this cacophony is really just a setup for the introduction of the series' most coveted piece of music, "The Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme)." Williams had hinted at this Prokofiev-meets-Mars, the Bringer of War death march throughout portions of A New Hope, and to hear it in its completed form is exhilarating. Also notable are the romantic cues for Han Solo and Princess Leia ("Han & the Princess") and the expansion of the wistful "Jedi" melody, which is used to great effect on "Yoda's Theme" and "The Training of a Jedi Knight/Magic Tree." The Empire Strikes Back is epic, romantic, and powerful. It is George Lucas' world at its most uncompromising, and Williams' score treats its themes of heroism and betrayal like the Shakespearian tragedy that it is. ~ James Christopher Monger

Disc 1:
1) 20th Century Fox Fanfare (00:22)
2) Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back~Main Title/The Ice Planet Hoth (08:08)
3) Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back~The Wampa's Lair/Vision of Obi-Wan/SnowSpeeders Take Flight (08:48)
4) Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back~The Imperial Probe/Aboard the Executor (04:24)
5) Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back~The Battle of Hoth: Ion Cannon/Imperial Walkers/Beneath the ... (14:48)
6) Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back~The Asteroid Field (04:15)
7) Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back~Arrival of Dagobah (04:52)
8) Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back~Luke's Nocturnal Visitor (02:35)
9) Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back~Han Solo and the Princess (03:26)
10) Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back~Jedi Master Revealed/Mynock Cave (05:43)
11) Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back~The Training of a Jedi Knight/The Magic Tree (05:15)

Disc 2:
1) Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back~The Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme) (03:03)
2) Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back~Yoda's Theme (03:29)
3) Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back~Attacking a Star Destroyer (03:04)
4) Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back~Yoda and the Force (04:02)
5) Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back~Imperial Starfleet Depyoed/City in the Clouds (06:03)
6) Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back~Lando's Palace (03:53)
7) Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back~Betrayal at Bespin (03:46)
8) Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back~Deal With the Dark Lord (02:36)
9) Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back~Carbon Freeze/Darth Vader's Trap/Departure of Boba Fett (11:50)
10) Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back~The Clash of Lightsabers (04:17)
11) Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back~Rescue from Cloud City/Hyperspace (09:08)
12) Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back~The Rebel Fleet/End Title (06:27)

Album
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
Publisher
BMG
Main Format
CD
Explicit Lyrics
No
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Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] | John Williams