Gladiator: More Music From the Motion Pictureby Hans Zimmer
Sometimes more is more. It's rare that a movie score merits a sequel, but then again, not every film has accompanying music as riveting as the Academy Award-nominated Gladiator. Cowritten by Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer and Aussie musician and composer Lisa Gerrard (The Insider), Gladiator: More Music from the Motion Picture radiates both genuine grandeur and lyrical beauty. A worthy companion to the previous release, Gladiator, this companion release is enhanced by the use of the an ancient Armenian reed instrument called the duduk on several tracks. The opening passage, "Duduk of the North," resonates with a richly haunting and lonely sound fitting for this Roman epic. Other selections, such as "Now We Are Free" and Zimmer's original synthesizer demo of "The Gladiator Waltz," didn't make it into the film's final score and are heard here for the first time. Many of the tracks are enhanced by snippets of dialogue from the film spoken by 2001 Academy Award nominees Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix as well as fellow cast members Oliver Reed and Richard Harris, injecting an element of drama into the score's varied musical textures. Throughout Gladiator: More Music from the Motion Picture, echoes of Stravinsky and Mussorgsky are interwoven with fresh melodies, tribal-sounding chanting, and exotic instrumentation. Once again, musical wizards Zimmer and Gerrard have waved their wands and recaptured the pride and passion of the ancient Roman Empire. Andrew Velez
- Release Date:
- Decca U.S.
- Duduk of the North
- Now We Are Free
- The Protector of Rome
- The General Who Became a Slave
- The Slave Who Became a Gladiator
- Rome is the Light
- All that Remains
- Marrakesh Marketplace (for movie Gladiator)
- The Gladiator Waltz
- Figurines (Yan Ching)
- The Mob
- Busy Little Bee
- Death Smiles At Us All
- Not yet
- Now We Are Free (Maximus Mix)
Performance CreditsHans Zimmer Primary Artist,Synthesizer
Richard Harris Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part,Track Performer
Djivan Gasparyan Duduk
Lisa Gerrard Vocals,Yang Chin
Oliver Reed Track Performer
Jeff Rona Flute
Slamm Andrews Recorder
Gavin Greenaway Conductor
Klaus Badelt Synthesizer
Heitor Teixeira Pereira Guitar
Technical CreditsBruce Fowler Orchestration
Ladd McIntosh Orchestration
Walt Fowler Orchestration
Lisa Gerrard Arranger,Liner Notes
Alan Mayerson Producer,Engineer
Alan Meyerson Engineering
Yvonne S. Moriarty Orchestration
Jack Smalley Orchestration
Gavyn Wright Orchestra Leader
Hans Zimmer Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Eric Calvi Remixing
Ridley Scott Executive Producer,Executive Soundtrack Producer
Penny Bennett Art Direction
Slamm Andrews Engineer
Elizabeth Finch Orchestration
Kevin Globerman Engineer
Fred Jorio Remixing
Klaus Badelt Producer,Additional Music
Pietro Scalia Executive Producer,Executive Soundtrack Producer
Gregg Silk Engineer
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This is a very enjoyable soundtrack. Though, not quite as good as the first, it is very good because of the music that wasn't on the first is now available. Some people don't much care for the dialogue, but I rather like it. If you loved the first one then you'll want to pick up a copy of this one.
I own both CDs of the soundtrack and I am very pleased with both of them. I was a little disappointed with the first one because it didn't have a song on it that I liked. But when I bought the second CD I was overjoyed to find that the missing song was on that CD. I especially like the second song on the second CD because it just makes you feel good. I particularly like the dialogue and because I have listened to it so often I now have it memorized. I have always loved movie soundtracks and this is definitely one to add to your collection.
This CD is the best ever made. There is no comparison. I do believe is the best seller of the Century!!! My favourite song is "Rome is the Light" (I wish I knew what Ms Lisa is singing about, since it seems so sad. I would love to know where I could find the lyrics of this song, if it is ever possible. I have search for it but no luck.)I recommend this music to all those fans who have seen the movie. It is amazing. The sounds, guitar, voices etc. The best ever!
I think that this CD is great! If you don't have it, you should seriously think about buying it. Once you have it... enjoy!
I love this score just as much as the first one. The addition of quotes from the actual movie is a nice touch (same charateristic can be found in More Music from Braveheart). Another nice addition to the cd is that there is a screen saver for your computer on it. There is not a song on it that I didn't like. If you have the original score this is a must buy!
I couldn't believe how much I actually enjoyed this CD. I knew I'd like it,but not this much. Great vocals,cool percussion,tense dialogue. What more could you want? I give this CD two thumbs up!