The Da Vinci Code

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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
The popularity of Dan Brown's bestselling novel is bound to make the film version of The Da Vinci Code into an instant box-office hit, but let's make sure to give due credit to the composer, Hans Zimmer. One of Hollywood's favorite blockbuster collaborators of recent years -- especially since the success of Gladiator in 2000 -- Zimmer's orchestral and often choral score weaves back and forth between the convincingly medieval and the dramatically modern. He has a full supply of ominous sonic tricks up his sleeve, which he uses to sustain the musical suspense over the full course of this soundtrack album, but he manages to skirt the usual cinematic clichés: There's some ...
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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
The popularity of Dan Brown's bestselling novel is bound to make the film version of The Da Vinci Code into an instant box-office hit, but let's make sure to give due credit to the composer, Hans Zimmer. One of Hollywood's favorite blockbuster collaborators of recent years -- especially since the success of Gladiator in 2000 -- Zimmer's orchestral and often choral score weaves back and forth between the convincingly medieval and the dramatically modern. He has a full supply of ominous sonic tricks up his sleeve, which he uses to sustain the musical suspense over the full course of this soundtrack album, but he manages to skirt the usual cinematic clichés: There's some creepy choral chanting, but it's not the typical plagiarism from Carmina Burana. More characteristic are the eerie reverb treatment on the solo soprano in "Poisoned Chalice" and the minimalism of "The Paschal Spiral," which seems to borrow from the spiritual style of contemporary composer Arvo Pärt. The melodic bells that open "The Citrine Cross" provide another memorable effect, and well-informed listeners should also notice a quotation of the ancient Dies irae chant on that track. In contrast, "Daniel's 9th Chapter" unfolds with an expressively subdued theme, providing a lengthy, lyrical respite at the album's center. The Da Vinci Code isn't one of those action-packed soundtracks that tells a movie's whole story through the music alone; rather, it's more thoughtful and thought-provoking, and a thoroughly successful essay in the atmosphere of mysticism and mystery.
Gramophone - Adrian Edwards
An auspicious score that deserves the popular success that the same composer's Gladiator received.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/11/2006
  • Label: Wonderful Music Of
  • EAN: 8712177050192
  • Catalog Number: 90405

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dies Mercurii i Martius - Global Stage Orchestra (4:24)
  2. 2 The Paschal Spiral - Global Stage Orchestra (2:37)
  3. 3 L'esprit des Gabriel - Global Stage Orchestra (3:04)
  4. 4 Ad Arcana - Global Stage Orchestra (3:44)
  5. 5 Fructus Gravis - Global Stage Orchestra (2:56)
  6. 6 Malleus Maleficarum - Global Stage Orchestra (2:28)
  7. 7 The Citrine Cross - Global Stage Orchestra (3:07)
  8. 8 Daniel's 9th Cipher - Global Stage Orchestra (5:50)
  9. 9 Rose of Arimatea - Global Stage Orchestra (6:30)
  10. 10 Chevaliers de Sangreal - Global Stage Orchestra (4:11)
  11. 11 Beneath Alrischa - Global Stage Orchestra (3:10)
  12. 12 Kyrie for the Magdalene - Global Stage Orchestra (2:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Global Stage Orchestra Primary Artist
Nicholas Bucknail Clarinet
Jonathan Snowden Flute
Gary Kettel Percussion
Frank Ricotti Percussion
Paul Clarvis Percussion
Hila Plitmann Soprano
Hugh Marsh Violin
Tom Bowes Violin
Julie Andrews Bassoon
Anthony Pleeth Cello
Martin Tillman Cello
Richard Harvey Conductor
Richard Watkins Horn
Gavyn Wright Leader
David Theodore Oboe
Peter Lale Viola
Delores Clay Vocals
Mary Scully Double Bass
Mel Wesson Ambience
Michael Price Readings
Skaila Kanga Harp
Nick Glennie-Smith Choir Conductor
Hans Zimmer Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Graham Preskett Arranger
Hans Zimmer Arranger, Producer
Henry Jackman Arranger
Lorne Balfe Arranger
Brian Grazer Executive Producer
Ron Howard Executive Producer
John Calley Executive Producer
Louie Teran Mastering
Abhay Manusmare Text
Geoff Foster Engineering
Becky Bentham Score Coordinator
Jennie O'Grady Choir Contractor
Nick Glennie-Smith Arranger
Steven Kofsky Production Service
Robert King Choir Contractor
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