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Gladiator [Music from the Motion Picture]
     

Gladiator [Music from the Motion Picture]

4.7 39
by Hans Zimmer
 
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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/25/2000
Label:
Decca U.S.
UPC:
0028946709429
catalogNumber:
467094
Rank:
19980

Tracks

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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 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
This soundtrack was incredible. Zimmer has a great feel for creating instense emotional moments.
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great CD. It is a true score: there are no breaks between songs. As you listen you can visualize the scenes from the film. Some tracks are relatively short, about one minute; and some are long such as ''The Battle,'' which was about ten minutes. It encompasses all of the battles in the film, and if you listen closely you can actually hear the waltz-like meter. Although all the tracks are evocative, ''The Battle,'' ''Honor Him,'' and ''Now We are Free'' can give you goosebumps. These are, in no particular order, the best tracks on the album in my opinion. The CD runs about 61 minutues, and is well worth the money. It is thoroughly enjoyable time and again.
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
Maybe some of the captivating themes from the movie are missing so you will buy vol. 2. I find this disgusting. Remember the arabian style music before his first gladiator gig? NOT HERE! Also the main Battle music is clearly ripped off from Gustav Holst's The Planets (MARS the bringer of War) Also the battle music seems overlay equalized and to rephrase the king in Amadeus, TOO FAT, just cut a few horns and it will be perfect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This soundtrack is by far the best I've heard, and quickly has become my favorite CD - you never get tired of listening to it! Zimmer does an amazing job of capturing the feeling behing the scenes of the movie. Favorites include The Battle, The Might of Rome, Barbarian Horde, and Now We Are Free, but there isn't a single track I don't fully enjoy. I definitely recommend purchasing this soundtrack, especially for those who have watched the movie, which is great as well.
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
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 abesolutley loved this soundtrack, the music makes you want to watch the movie over and over again. It's really awesome i've listened to it everynight for the past 5 months and i am not yet sick of it i dont think i ever will be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is wonderful although I was a little disappointed that one of the songs in the movie was not on this soundtrack but other than that the CD is filled with songs that captivated and inspired me. The music is as entertaining as the movie. If you like movie soundtracks than you will definitely love this.
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 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
Excellent mood music for an excellent film. However, even if You haven't seen the film (what Planet are You from?), the different treatments of the theme in ''Elysium'', ''Honor Him'', and ''Now We Are Free'' should fill Your eyes with tears and Your heart with pain. If not, then You are NOT of this Earth.... Hans Zimmer's music and Lisa Gerrard's vocals create an emotional tour de force. Too bad there are only 5 stars.
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
It's all in the title! This one is a beauty and deserves an honoured place in the halls of the greatest epic soundtracks of all time. Or something like that!
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
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
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
This soundtrack was exquisite. The emotions of the movie scenes are expressed in poignant detail in the notes Zimmer's songs. I recommend it to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i have no words to appriciate these soundtracks...they are THE BEST i've ever heard...whoever is thinking to buy this, dont think any more...just get it and enjoy...i bet you'll like it as much as i do
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.