Dark Knight Rises [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Dark Knight Rises [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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by Hans Zimmer
     
 

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While Hans Zimmer's music for Christopher Nolan's Batman movies aren't as high-concept as some of his other scores, such as Inception or Gladiator, they're just as artfully done, and The Dark Knight Rises is no exception. Zimmer ties the music for the final installment of Nolan'sSee more details below

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While Hans Zimmer's music for Christopher Nolan's Batman movies aren't as high-concept as some of his other scores, such as Inception or Gladiator, they're just as artfully done, and The Dark Knight Rises is no exception. Zimmer ties the music for the final installment of Nolan's Batman trilogy to his previous scores, but allows these pieces to have their own flourishes as well: "A Storm Is Coming" nods to the churning strings of the theme used since Batman Begins, but "Nothing Out There" adds an almost subliminal pulsing synth that grows stronger as the score unfolds, peaking with "Imagine the Fire"'s climax of choral vocals and strings. Meanwhile, heavy brass cuts through most tracks like a bat signal piercing through the clouds, nowhere more clearly than on "Gotham's Reckoning." Yet Zimmer doesn't just pile on the drama; he knows when to have his cues crash into a scene and when they should get out of the way. The drums, brass, and strings reach near-claustrophobic levels on "The Fire Rises," but they also retreat, roil, and then thunder to a close in malevolent and majestic fashion. Zimmer also finds room for some more experimental touches, as on "Despair," where the whooshing percussion sounds like a cape sweeping through the air or something bursting into flames. And while most of these cues tower like Gotham skyscrapers, "Mind If I Cut In?" is just as remarkable for its delicate melody and subtle percussion. Fittingly for the last installment of Nolan's -- and thus Zimmer's -- interpretation of Batman, many of the track titles wax philosophical ("Why Do We Fall?"), and the score's emotional range is narrow but deep, spanning the mournful "Born in Darkness" and the somber "Necessary Evil," and culminating with "Rise," which mingles haunting strings and vocals with formidable rhythms as the credits roll. While The Dark Knight Rises closes the book on Batman for Zimmer and Nolan, it's just another chapter in their thriving creative partnership.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/17/2012
Label:
Watertower Music
UPC:
0794043160417
catalogNumber:
39313
Rank:
25843

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hans Zimmer   Primary Artist,Synthesizer
Richard Edwards   Trombone
Gary Kettel   Percussion
Anthony Pleeth   Cello
Frank Ricotti   Percussion
Martin Tillman   Cello
Mel Wesson   Ambience
Mary Scully   Bass
Peter Lale   Viola
Matt Dunkley   Conductor
Gavin Greenaway   Conductor
Richard Watkins   Horn
Paul Clavis   Percussion
Owen Slade   Tuba
Ann Marie Calhoun   Violin
Thomas Jesty   Vocals
C.J. Sing   Chant Conductor

Technical Credits

Walt Fowler   Orchestration
Alan Meyerson   Score Mixer
Yvonne S. Moriarty   Orchestration
Ed Neumeister   Orchestration
Geoff Stradling   Orchestration
Hans Zimmer   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Geoff Foster   Engineering
Pat Sullivan   Mastering
Elizabeth Finch   Orchestration
Jill Streater   Music Librarian
Daniel Kresco   Score Mixer
Andrew Kinney   Orchestration
Lisa Margolis   Music Business Affairs
Ramin Djawadi   Arranger
Mark Wherry   Instrument Design
Sandeep Sriram   Art Direction
Rick Giovinazzo   Orchestration
Andrew Zack   Score Coordinator
Lorne Balfe   Additional Music
Christopher Nolan   Producer,Liner Notes
Kevin Kaska   Orchestration
Perry Montague-Mason   Orchestra Leader
Alex Gibson   Producer
Czarina Russell   Studio Manager
Andrew Kawczynski   Arranger
Carl Rydlund   Orchestration
Michael Hobe   Sample Preparation
Sam Estes   Sample Preparation
Claudius Brüse   Sample Preparation
Stephen Lipson   Producer,Score Mixer
Charlotte Matthews   Assistant Contractor
Steve Mazzaro   Arranger
Jasha Klebe   Arranger
Tom Farnon   Score Reader
Tom Holkenborg   Additional Music

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