Empire of the Sun
John Williams

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After entering the Movie Music Hall of Fame last year at 83, Empire of the Sun climbs a further four places in 2014.

On the rebound from blockbuster success, John Williams's Empire of the Sun soundtrack keeps it simple and effective. With its almost ghostly reliance on child singers and religious overtones, there's something incredibly poignant about the music of Steven Spielberg's epic war drama, adapted from the J. G. Ballard novel. The story is told from a child's perspective, and it is this innocent viewpoint that informs the score, deceptively simple yet incredibly powerful.

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