Batman Begins [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Director Christopher Nolan's brooding attempt at resurrecting the ailing Batman franchise is met head-on by two of film music's most prolific and recognizable characters. The ultra-serious tone that permeates Batman Begins is not limited to its gothic narrative and brooding visuals. Oscar-winning composers Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard have crafted an atmosphere that relies less on the dynamics of Danny Elfman and more on the rain-soaked soundscapes of Brian Eno and Blade Runner-era Vangelis. With over 60 minutes of music, Batman Begins' glacial pace makes for a challenging listen, and its insistence on remaining unabashedly nocturnal -- each track is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Director Christopher Nolan's brooding attempt at resurrecting the ailing Batman franchise is met head-on by two of film music's most prolific and recognizable characters. The ultra-serious tone that permeates Batman Begins is not limited to its gothic narrative and brooding visuals. Oscar-winning composers Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard have crafted an atmosphere that relies less on the dynamics of Danny Elfman and more on the rain-soaked soundscapes of Brian Eno and Blade Runner-era Vangelis. With over 60 minutes of music, Batman Begins' glacial pace makes for a challenging listen, and its insistence on remaining unabashedly nocturnal -- each track is named for a specific species of bat -- is both admirable and frustrating, as the main theme doesn't truly appear until nearly four tracks in. Though each composer shares a co-writing credit, listeners who are familiar with their work will recognize the signatures -- Howard's bleak and pastoral string and piano cues keep the film grounded, while Zimmer utilizes the thunderous percussion and Soviet-bloc chord structures that fueled both Crimson Tide and Gladiator. For those who were hoping for an audio repeat of the 1989 original, Batman Begins may prove to be a disappointment, but for longtime fans of the caped crusader's darker past, the lack of a traditional "summer blockbuster popcorn" score will come as a welcome surprise.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/7/2010
  • Label: Watertower Music
  • UPC: 794043917721
  • Catalog Number: 39177
  • Sales rank: 2,023

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Vespertilio (2:52)
  2. 2 Eptesicus (4:20)
  3. 3 Myotis (5:46)
  4. 4 Barbastella (4:45)
  5. 5 Artibeus (4:19)
  6. 6 Tadarida (5:05)
  7. 7 Macrotus (7:35)
  8. 8 Antrozous (3:59)
  9. 9 Nycteris (4:25)
  10. 10 Molossus (4:49)
  11. 11 Corynorhinus (5:04)
  12. 12 Lasiurus (7:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Newton Howard Primary Artist
Gary Kettel Percussion
Frank Ricotti Percussion
Martin Tillman Electric Cello
Gavin Greenaway Conductor
Thomas Jesty Treble Vocals
Technical Credits
Bruce Fowler Orchestration
James Newton Howard Composer, Producer
Mel Wesson Additional Music
Gavyn Wright Orchestra Leader
Hans Zimmer Composer, Producer
Geoff Foster Engineering
Brad Dechter Orchestration
Becky Bentham Score Coordinator
Bruce Maddocks Mastering
Lisa Margolis Music Business Affairs
Keith Zajic Music Business Affairs
Ramin Djawadi Additional Music
Mark Wherry Engineer
Debi Streeter Music Administrator
Lorne Balfe Music Program
Abhay Manusmare Engineer
Alastair King Score Reader
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