King Arthur [Original Score]by Hans Zimmer
For this historically accurate telling of the King Arthur story set in the waning days of the Roman Empire, Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer has crafted a score with broad, dramatic strokes that brings to mind the grand-scale pieces comprising his score for Gladiator. The German-born composer -- who achieved a starling effect by employing the haunting vocals of Enya on his score for the Robin Williams vehicle Toys -- repeats the formula here by drawing on the talents of the new age chanteuse's sister, Clannad's Moya Brennan, who lends her hushed vocals to the ethereal opening cut, "Tell Me Now (What You See)." Brennan's wispy harmonies are also heard amid the swelling brass and operatic fanfare of the solemn "Hold the Ice." The seven lengthy tracks here allow Zimmer plenty of room to weave the kind of epic passages befitting a plot packed with swashbuckling and medieval skirmishes. Amid the bluster that comes with a score for a Jerry Bruckheimer blockbuster, Zimmer injects his hearty arrangements with hints of pathos -- the mournful violin passage towards the end of "Another Brick in Hadrian's Wall," for example, and the eerie flute stanzas peering from the shadows in "All of Them!" Hans Zimmer masterfully conjures the kind of swaggering sentiment needed for this testosterone-driven adventure, once again proving his mettle as film score royalty.
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- Hollywood Records
Performance CreditsHans Zimmer Primary Artist
Nick Glennie-Smith Conductor,Musician
Gavyn Wright Leader
Rupert Gregson-Williams Conductor,Choir Conductor,Musician
Metro Voices Choir, Chorus
Moya Brennan Vocals
Jenny O'Grady Choir Master
Technical CreditsNick Glennie-Smith Additional Music
Mel Wesson drum programming
Gavyn Wright Orchestra Leader
Hans Zimmer Composer
Geoff Foster Engineer,Engineering
Bob Badami Producer,Audio Production
Mitchell Leib Music Executive
Jerry Bruckheimer Executive Soundtrack Producer
Rupert Gregson-Williams Choir Arrangement,Additional Music
Nick Wollage Engineer
Trevor Morris Producer,Audio Production
Moya Brennan Composer
Alistair King Choir Arrangement
Nick Woollage Engineering
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This score is truly spectacular. As a stand-alone musical work it is truly inspirational. Whether its the heavy battle sound of "Budget Meeting" or the inspirational sound at the ending of "Woad to Ruin" or "All of Them", the soundtrack has a great feel and is my personal favorite.
It's a really good CD and worth your money if you enjoy listening to classical and inspirational music. The first song is really pretty!
The movie is great but the soundtrack is truly mesmerizing. It starts almost religiously then carries you through an exhilarating ride to the end. I used to listen to Rocky soundtracks to exercise to now I use this. But seriously, if you want to listen to a truly intoxicating experiemce that will have you listening again and again, this CD is for you!
Hans Zimmer caters exactly for the film's requirements - i.e. let's rip off the 'Gladiator' score! It is so blatantly a clone of Zimmer's 2000 masterpiece that it makes this score quite enjoyable?! Zimmer utilises his full orchestra like a speeding locomotive out of control: mixing percussion-heavy and horn-rich action-cues with lush and engaging string-dominated arrangements. Even though Zimmer has apparently resorted to autopilot recently, at least its a damn good autopilot!