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Kingdom of Heaven [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
When Ridley Scott's Gladiator singularly revived the old Hollywood "Sword & Sandals" genre in 2000, it also propelled composer Hans Zimmer's rousing score onto every movie trailer that followed in its wake, so it's surprising to find the prolific -- but relatively unknown -- Harry Gregson-Williams taking the reins on Scott's similarly themed 12th century Crusades epic Kingdom of Heaven. Williams approaches the era with a far more delicate touch than Zimmer, utilizing period and regional instrumentation, as well as lush choral arrangements to accentuate the film's romance and religiosity. While there are plenty of instances where thunderous percussion and ...
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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
When Ridley Scott's Gladiator singularly revived the old Hollywood "Sword & Sandals" genre in 2000, it also propelled composer Hans Zimmer's rousing score onto every movie trailer that followed in its wake, so it's surprising to find the prolific -- but relatively unknown -- Harry Gregson-Williams taking the reins on Scott's similarly themed 12th century Crusades epic Kingdom of Heaven. Williams approaches the era with a far more delicate touch than Zimmer, utilizing period and regional instrumentation, as well as lush choral arrangements to accentuate the film's romance and religiosity. While there are plenty of instances where thunderous percussion and sweeping brass paint gallant images of galloping horses and tattered flags, there are more moments that effectively portray the bloody fields and pious ruminations of war.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/26/2005
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969441923
  • Catalog Number: 94419

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Burning the Past (2:48)
  2. 2 Crusaders (1:41)
  3. 3 Swordplay (2:01)
  4. 4 A New World (4:21)
  5. 5 To Jerusalem (1:38)
  6. 6 Sibylla (1:49)
  7. 7 Ibelin (2:05)
  8. 8 Rise a Knight (2:43)
  9. 9 The King (5:45)
  10. 10 The Battle of Kerak (5:36)
  11. 11 Terms (4:29)
  12. 12 Better Man (3:29)
  13. 13 Coronation (3:03)
  14. 14 An Understanding (4:13)
  15. 15 Wall Breached (3:43)
  16. 16 The Pilgrim Road (4:07)
  17. 17 Saladin (4:44)
  18. 18 Path to Heaven (1:38)
  19. 19 Light of Life (Ibelin Reprise) (2:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Harry Gregson-Williams Primary Artist, Conductor
Richard Harvey Woodwind
Fretwork Ensemble
Hugh Marsh Electric Guitar, Electric Violin
Bach Choir Choir, Chorus
Natacha Atlas Vocals
Catherine Bott Soprano, Soprano (Vocal)
Nigel Eaton Hurdy-Gurdy
Brian Gulland Vocals
The London Session Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Frank Ricotti Drums, Ethnic Percussion
Martin Tillman Cello, Electric Cello
Robert King Conductor
Paul Clarvis Drums, Ethnic Percussion
Tim Garside Drums, Ethnic Percussion
Jacob Heringman Lute
Lisbeth Scott Vocals
Mercan Dede Drums, Ethnic Percussion
Iestyn Davies Counter Tenor (Vocal)
Göksel Baktagir Quanun
Neva Ozgen Kemence
Yurdal Tokan Oud
Nicole Tibbles Soprano (Vocal)
Natasha Atlas Vocals
Abdelkader Harir Vocals
Hussein Zahawy Drums, Ethnic Percussion
Kardes Turkuler Ensemble
King's Consort Choir Choir, Chorus
Dawson Miller Drums, Ethnic Percussion
Technical Credits
Natacha Atlas Composer
Peter Cobbin Producer, Engineer, Engineering
Gavyn Wright Orchestra Leader
Becky Bentham Score Coordinator
Harry Gregson-Williams Composer, Producer, Orchestration, Audio Production
Simon Gibson Mastering
Paul Cremo Soundtrack Executive Producer
Simon Changer Digital Editing
Rebecca Morellato Score Production Coordinator
Stephen Barton Additional Music
Lauren Dooreck Camara Art Direction
Dale Melidosian Music Business Affairs
Lance Grode Music Business Affairs
Natasha Atlas Lyricist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great score for a great movie

    Hans Zimmer usually scores Ridley Scott's movies, but Harry Gregson-Williams keeps it from becoming a gladiator retread. Great as that movie and score was, HGW gives it an entirely different treatment. And to great effect.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of Hans Zimmer's many Masterpieces

    I have never even seen this movie and I was drawn into this soundtrack. The music is amazing! The best soundtrack that I have listened to in a while. My favorite by far, I would recommend it to any soundtrack lover. I only listen to soundtracks, and this was superb. Hans Zimmer's masterpiece!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Way worth your time!!!!!!

    This soundtrack was absolutley beautiful. I saw the movie and just knew i had to get the soundtrack. This is another one of William's works of art!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely Beautiful!

    I haven't yet purchased this soundtrack, but I know I'm going to. I fell in love with it when I saw the movie, and when I listened to it, it just seemed to get better. I could picture each scene of the movie as I heard the songs. It is just so moving, and the instruments used create such an out of this world sound. One of my favorites is the last track, "Light of Life." Natacha Atlas adds a great touch to it with her outstanding voice. (I'm going to look into her too, after hearing her on this soundtrack! She's awesome!) My only criticism is that there should have been more of her on the album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Missing Piece

    This soundtrack was great, but there's a missing piece. I was disappointed when I listened to the soundtrack and didn't hear "Vide Cor Meum", which was used in another Ridley Scott film called Hannibal. The movie used this touching track to glorify a funeral scene in the movie, which should have been included. Thus, leaving this soundtrack a little short of being a wonderful representation of the film.

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