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  • 1.  	The River Crossing to Stalingrad (15:04) 2.  	The Hunter Becomes the Hunted (05:53) 3.  	Vassili's Fame Spreads (03:40) 4.  	Koulikov (05:13) 5.  	The Dream (02:35) 6.  	Bitter News (02:38) 7.  	The Tractor Factory (06:43) 8.  	A Sniper's War (03:25) 9.  	Sacha's Risk (05:37) 10.  	Betrayal (11:28) 11.  	Danilov's Confession (07:13) 12.  	Tania (06:53)


  • Recording Dates: 24 october – 1st november 2000
    Studio: Abbey Road Studios, London
    Orchestrations: James Horner, J.A.C Redford
    Sound engineer: Simon Rhodes

    Supervising music editor: Jim Henrikson
    Music editor: Joe E. Rand
    Assistant music editor: Nancy Fogarty and Barbara McDermott
    Music contractorIsobel Griffiths
    French horn: James Thatcher

    Jean-Jacques Annaud :

    "It's a dream of a lifetime to be understood by a composer this way"
    Source : Sony Classical

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