Gladiator [Music from the Motion Picture]

Gladiator [Music from the Motion Picture]

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by Hans Zimmer

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Set amid the splendor and the barbarity of Rome, A.D. 180, Ridley Scott's "Gladiator" is the first major sword-'n'-sandals epic since Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus (1960). Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer (The Lion King, The Thin Red Line) and Dead Can…  See more details below


Set amid the splendor and the barbarity of Rome, A.D. 180, Ridley Scott's "Gladiator" is the first major sword-'n'-sandals epic since Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus (1960). Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer (The Lion King, The Thin Red Line) and Dead Can Dance vocalist Lisa Gerrard collaborated on Gladiator's stunning, Golden Globe Award-winning score, full of rousing symphonics and ensnaring melodies. Gerrard contributes throaty, wordless vocals as violins, brass, and percussion build to crescendos as exciting as the film's fight scenes. Grand but not bombastic, this is a richly textured score that will reward repeated listenings. While Gladiator's orchestral heft is occasionally broken by lighter, Mediterranean-style rhythms -- Heitor Perreira's guitar playing and reeds from Peter Gabriel collaborator Djivan Gasparyan stand out -- the score's overarching feel is as vast and unforgiving as the Roman arena and as pulse-quickening and steely as the men who fought there.

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
The original soundtrack to Ridley Scott's Gladiator features an original score composed by Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer and Golden Globe nominee and former Dead Can Dance member Lisa Gerrard. The duo's dramatic music incorporates traditional orchestral elements, ancient and indigenous instruments, and Gerrard's haunting vocals to create a timeless and evocative backdrop for Scott's tale of an avenging gladiator in ancient Rome.

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Decca U.S.


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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hans Zimmer   Primary Artist
Djivan Gasparyan   Duduk
Lisa Gerrard   Vocals
Gavin Greenaway   Conductor
Maurice Murphy   Trumpet
Tony Pleeth   Cello

Technical Credits

Ladd McIntosh   Orchestration
Jack Smalley   Orchestration
Gavyn Wright   Orchestra Leader
Ridley Scott   Producer
Penny Bennett   Art Direction
Slamm Andrews   Engineer
Kevin Globerman   Engineer
Bruno Roussel   Engineer
Bruce Fowler   Orchestration
Walt Fowler   Orchestration
Lisa Gerrard   Arranger
Alan Meyerson   Engineer
Yvonne S. Moriarty   Orchestration
Hans Zimmer   Arranger
Elizabeth Finch   Orchestration
Nick Wollage   Engineer
Jake Jackson   Engineer
Klaus Badelt   Producer

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Gladiator [Music from the Motion Picture] 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Zimmer does it again. Keeping the adrenaline going and enhancing the emotion of Gladiator, Without him, the movie wouldn't be what it is!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The music is just so-so. I must say I was a little disappointed however, because the music in the trailers is better than the music on the soundtrack.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The composer and the musicians did a supurb job, everytime i here the strenght & Honor track i get goose bumps
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great movie, great soundtrak. Many of the songs that heard in the background of the movie are in this score. Can remember specific scenes to the songs that are played.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This soundtrack was incredible. Zimmer has a great feel for creating instense emotional moments.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This soundtrack is EXCELLENT!!! I especially liked 'The Battle,' and 'Elysium.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Gladiator cd is excellent! The music flowed evenly with the movie! The third track, Battle, and the 17th track, Now We are Free, are the best! I hope you enjoy it as much as did!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like classical music, this is the best cd to buy! My favorite song is 'Slaves to Rome.' #1 recommendation!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is right now my favorite soundtrack to date. The disc combinds sounds of battle and hope, which gives the hole think a mystical ethnic taste to it. track three, and track seven are my favorite. If you have seen the film, this will leave the same impact as the movie itself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the soundtrack is just as good as the movie. It follows it scene for scene, and it doesn't get old. The beginning of of the Battle track, Earth, Strength and Honour, Honour Him and the final track are awesome. If you loved the movie, get the cd. It's even better than the Rock or Braveheart soundtracks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A splendid soundtrack. Saw the movie 3 times. And the soundtrack is as good as the movie. Especially 'Battle,' its about 10 mins long. Any body who liked the movie, and that would mean everyone, should buy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The vivid emotion displayed in this score is amazing. The Gladiator the film itself is complex, I sometimes wonder how Han Zimmer could capture the mood of the film, and yet keep such a flow. I'd have to say that my personal choice of all the tracks would be the last three, which fluently brings the film to its eye popping conclusion. I would strongly reccomend this album!!! This is a must hear!! Two ears up!-Siskel and Earbert
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was EXELLENT!! i recomended, all the movie time my husband and i were paralize for the emotion. We never move from our seats. and the music was just GREAT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For all you that like the movie GLADIATOR, you should get the soundtrack. The starts out soft then gets more climactic. One of the better soundtracks
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the movie so much I went out and bought the soundtrack album not relizing how glorious the music really is! Zimmer and Gerrard have created a masterpiece!!! Haunting, dramatic, beautiful, what other adjective other than GLORIOUS can I use. Oscar bound and well deserving of it. I can see every scene of the film as I listen to the album with my eyes closed. A must for every music lover!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Despite knowing the reputations of Hans Zimmerand Ridley Scott, I expected the movie and soundtrack to be overly hyped up. As it turns out, I was pleasantly surprised -- this is a VERY well done movie and soundtrack. The music is intense at times, rising to pulsating crescendos, but it is also subtle and cleverly arranged. I would not recommend ''The Battle'' or ''Barbarian Horde'' for bedtime music, but if film score soundtracks can ever be used in the weightroom or gym, these tracks would really get the heart pumping! My favorite track of all was the track featuring the most collaboration -- Now We Are Free. Gerrard's vocals really complement Zimmer's orchestration superbly. If you liked the movie and enjoy soundtracks, this is a must-have!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Almost as good as the movie (nothing could be that good), but it transports in the same was as Last of the Mohicans. First rate,genius job.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I went to see the movies 9 time and each time for a different reasons, the battle scene, and the music which is kind of a mix . I really like the ''battle'' and the'' progeny'' . I listen to it everytime i go play tennis.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every time I hear this soundtrack, tears come to my eyes. If you loved this movie, the album is definitely a gotta-have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think gladiator is one of the best action (drama) movies I have ever seen. I have seen him 8 times and I am still touched by the fantastic music and the fabulous acting prestations of Russell Crowe.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it is beautiful and haunting, the kind of track that stays with you for hours after you listen to it. you close your eyes and you are on the hillside of rome.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really like this cd. I have been buying movie score cds for a long time now and I would have to say that this is one of the best ones that I own! Great Job Mr. Zimmer!!!! I think that this cd is worth 10 stars!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What wonderful music to a wondrous picture. I saw this movie many times in the theater and the music grabbed my spirit and stirred my heart. Great movies are always marked by a tremendous score. Take for instance, Titanic, Braveheart, Forrest Gump, and The Thin Red Line. All strong movies that had a score that ranged from somber to exciting to uplifting and spiritual. The titles ''Earth'', ''Strength and Honor'', ''I will see you again'' are all wonderful in their own way. Pretty much the whole CD. I applaud that Hans Zimmer, he made the movie for me. He is masterful at capturing the essence of a strong film. Lisa Gerrard also wonderful with her strong voice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you liked Lisa Gerrards voice, you should check into Dead Can Dance and their album Spitchaser.