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Gladiator: More Music From the Motion Picture
     

Gladiator: More Music From the Motion Picture

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by 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),

Overview

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

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Evan Cater
This second soundtrack compilation for Ridley Scott's sword and toga epic, Gladiator, hit stores nine months after the movie's initial release. It was timed to capitalize on the film's front-runner status in the 2000 Oscar horse race, but it would be shortsighted to dismiss the disc as a wholly mercenary attempt to milk the Gladiator cash cow. Perhaps such claims would be warranted if Gladiator: More Music From the Motion Picture were what its title implies: a collection of excerpts from the film's original soundtrack that were left off of the first album. The initial album, Gladiator: Music From the Motion Picture, remains more than adequate as a summary of a highly eclectic and effective score which is not only Hans Zimmer's finest composition (thanks in large part to contributions by former Dead Can Dance vocalist Lisa Gerrard) but also one of the most original facets of an otherwise overblown and overrated blockbuster action flick. Thankfully, the second Gladiator CD is not merely an accumulation of leftover scraps of music. Rather, it is a fascinating audio diary, an inside look at the process of composing a film score. Zimmer's liner notes provide detailed accounts of the stories behind each discarded outtake and incomplete draft. One track is a fabulous vodka-inspired late-night jam between Zimmer's synthesizers and strings, Djivan Gasparyan's duduk, and Heitor Periera's Spanish guitar. Another is a faster, African-influenced version of Gerrard's stirring end credit theme, "Now We Are Free," that was abandoned for being too cheerful. It is clear from listening to the CD that these recordings were not rejected because the music was of an inferior quality to the final versions. In fact, some of these pieces are more inventive and listenable than anything on the soundtrack. They were cut simply because they did not meet the requirements of the narrative. Gladiator: More Music From the Motion Picture demonstrates strikingly not only how creative but also how exacting, meticulous, practical, and utilitarian a film composer must be.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/27/2001
Label:
Decca U.S.
UPC:
0044001319228
catalogNumber:
013192

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hans 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 Credits

Bruce 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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Gladiator: More Music From the Motion Picture 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!