The Last Samurai

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Set in Japan during the 1870s, The Last Samurai tells the story of Captain Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise), an American military officer hired by the Emperor of Japan to train the country's army in the art of modern warfare. The music to the epic film was composed by Academy Award-winner Hans Zimmer (The Lion King, Gladiator), marking his 100th film score.
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Hans Zimmer's score for Edward Zwick's samurai epic The Last Samurai mixes his own densely composed style with Japanese instruments and melodies, resulting in a brooding, atmospheric collection of music. Shakuhachi and other flutes, koto, and taiko drums make their ...
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Set in Japan during the 1870s, The Last Samurai tells the story of Captain Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise), an American military officer hired by the Emperor of Japan to train the country's army in the art of modern warfare. The music to the epic film was composed by Academy Award-winner Hans Zimmer (The Lion King, Gladiator), marking his 100th film score.
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Hans Zimmer's score for Edward Zwick's samurai epic The Last Samurai mixes his own densely composed style with Japanese instruments and melodies, resulting in a brooding, atmospheric collection of music. Shakuhachi and other flutes, koto, and taiko drums make their presence known throughout the score, most effectively on compositions like "A Way of Life," which begins as a reflective duet for flute and strings before swelling into an ominous but majestic melody. "Spectres in the Fog" is another compelling mix of beauty and violence, starting with a delicate koto melody and rolling drums before crashing percussion and sawing strings turn the mood from bittersweet to battle-ready. These drums of war and battle cries increase as the score unfolds, making tracks such as "Safe Passage," "Ronin," and "Red Warrior" nearly as tense and striking outside of the film's context as they are in it. The score's quieter moments are just as thoughtfully crafted, with "Taken," "A Hard Teacher," and "Idyll's End" adding restraint and balancing the more explosive tracks. The Last Samurai flows from track to track seamlessly; indeed, its lengthy, multi-part compositions give it the feel of one long, shifting composition. Its Asian melodies and emphasis on percussion are reminiscent of Tan Dun's score for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, but this score is both more somber and more lush, particularly on its closing pieces, "The Way of the Sword" and "A Small Measure of Peace." Both of these tracks mix gravity and hope into a somber conclusion to a somber but expertly crafted score that ranks among Zimmer's finest work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/25/2003
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 075596293228
  • Catalog Number: 62932
  • Sales rank: 2,472

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Way of Life - Hollywood Studio Symphony (8:03)
  2. 2 Spectres in the Fog - Hollywood Studio Symphony (4:08)
  3. 3 Taken - Hollywood Studio Symphony (3:36)
  4. 4 A Hard Teacher - Hollywood Studio Symphony (5:44)
  5. 5 To Know My Enemy - Hollywood Studio Symphony (4:49)
  6. 6 Idyll's End - Hollywood Studio Symphony (6:41)
  7. 7 Safe Passage - Hollywood Studio Symphony (4:57)
  8. 8 Ronin - Hollywood Studio Symphony (1:53)
  9. 9 Red Warrior - Hollywood Studio Symphony (3:56)
  10. 10 The Way of the Sword - Hollywood Studio Symphony (7:59)
  11. 11 A Small Measure of Peace - Hollywood Studio Symphony (8:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hans Zimmer Primary Artist, Synthesizer
Sue Raney Bass
Bruce Dukov Violin
Sid Page Violin, Concert Master
Richard Todd Bass
Richard Altenbach Violin
Mari Tsumura Violin
Mathew Cooker Viola
Larry Corbett Viola
Douglas Davis Viola
Joel Derouin Violin
Stephen Erdody Cello, Soloist
Christine Ermacoff Viola
Endre Granat Violin, Concert Master
Alan Grunfeld Violin
Clayton Haslop Violin
Todd Hemmenway Viola
Bill Hendrickson Sampling
Paula Hochhalter Viola
Dennis Karmazyn Viola
Armen Ksadjikian Viola
June Kuramoto Koto, Soloist
Roger Lebow Viola
Dimitrie Leivici Violin
Dane Little Viola
David Low Viola
Rene Mandel Violin
Edward Meares Bass
Bruce Morgenthaler Bass
Suzette Moriarty Bass
Robin Olson Violin
Katia Popov Violin
Emil Richards taiko, Soloist
Mark Robertson Violin
Anatoly Rosinsky Violin
Kurt Snyder Bass
Kevan Torfeh Viola
Cecilia Tsan Viola
Miwako Watanabe Violin
Roger Wilkie Violin
Ken Yerke Violin
Bill Schultz Shakuhachi, Soloist
Fred Selden Flute, Wind Instruments, Soloist
Andrew Shulman Viola
Sebastian Toettcher Viola
John Walz Viola
Drew Dembowski Bass
Lisa Sutton Violin
Tommy Johnson Tuba
Craig Eastman Fiddle, Soloist
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Rowena Hamil Viola
Christian Kollgaard Bass
Timothy Landauer Viola
Rafael Rishik Violin
Al Hershberger Violin
Alexander Isles Trombone
Eun Mee Ahn Violin
Roberto Cani Violin
Michael Valerio Bass
Trevor Handy Viola
Oscar Hidalgo Bass
Blake Neely Conductor
Fred W. Greene Tuba
Liane Mautner Violin
Sarah Thornblade Violin
Erika Duke Viola
Nico Abandolo Bass
Trevor Morris Group Member
Mark Wherry Group Member
Melissa "Tortuga Wench" Muik Group Member
Eric J. Hosler Violin
Phillip Yao Bass
Ana Landauer Violin
Sungil Lee Violin
Hollywood Studio Symphony Performing Ensemble
Delores Clay Vocals, Soloist
Chris Loper Trombone
David Duke Bass
Benjamin Hale Vocals, Chant, Soloist
Steve Richards Viola
Steven Holtman Trombone
John Reynolds Bass
Phillip Teele Trombone
James Thatcher Bass
Phillip Levy Violin
Paul Cohen Viola
Franklyn D'Antonio Violin
Steven Becknell Bass
Tamara Hatwan Violin
David H. Speltz Viola
Technical Credits
Bruce Fowler Orchestration
Ladd McIntosh Orchestration
Alan Meyerson Engineering
Suzette Moriarty Orchestration
John Rodd Stage Engineer
Bill Talbott Stage Engineer
Hans Zimmer Arranger, Composer, Producer
Danny Bramson Executive Producer
Tom Steel Stage Engineer
Slamm Andrews Engineer, Engineering
Bruce Maddocks Mastering
Geoff Zanelli Arranger, Programming
Blake Neely Arranger, Programming
Keith Zajic Business Consultant
Trevor Morris Arranger, Programming
Damon Tedesco Stage Engineer
Peter Rotter Cover Composition
Slan Meverson Engineer
Jason Murakawa Art Direction
Edward Zwick Executive Producer
Debi Streeter Music Administrator
Bart Hendrickson Sample Editing
Dirk Hebert Business Consultant
Charles Lozow Business Consultant
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    the score that made the movie

    In the east you generally get the feeling of peace and tranquility. You feel that the wisdom of ages of dedication of a people who set out everyday and be the best. A sense of nobility is what I get when I watch the film, the score is just as moving, it paints a vivid picture of an age long gone just by itself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    As breathtaking as the movie

    This is my favorite of Hans Zimmer's soundtracks. It is by turns soothing and peaceful and achingly sad and poignant. I am 17 and I like to listen to it when I paint and sketch because it's so calming and never fails to inspire me. Even if you didn't like the movie you will love the soundtrack. The blend of the grand Western-style symphony with the Japanese taiko, koto, and shakuhachi is exquisite and perfect. Not to be missed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I'm 14 and I like it

    I usually like listening to rock music like Coheed and Cambra, UnderOath, and P.O.D.. I really love this music. After watching The Last Samurai, I have a new appretiation for Japan and Hans Zimmer music. Every song is great and really powerful especially the last song, "A Small Measure of Peace." This CD is recommended for everybody. This music really sets you at peace.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing!!!

    I love the music from "The Last Samurai"! Hans Zimmer just does the best job any one could do! It is such a good soundtrack and once you listen to the samples you'll want the soundtrack!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AHHHHH! (cough, gag.)

    HAN ZIMMER IS AMAZING! I love his music. The Last Samurai is amazing music just like the movie! He blends history and music together in this soundtrack! I deserves five stars!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Magnificent!!!

    "Spirited Away" is the only word that comes to mind when you listen to this soundtrack. It sound even better if you've already watched the movie so I highly recommend it. All of the tracks are equally awesome in their own way so there isn't any "bad" track. My personal favorites are "Spectres in the Fog", and "A Small Measure of Peace". On a whole, this soundtrack is 95/100

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Magnificent

    Best!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hans Zimmer does it again!

    Hans Zimmer is a genius *the orchestra is to thank as well* This movie's soundtrack is unbelievable. I think and it is said sometimes that music can make peoples emotions come out from the deapths of their hearts. The Last Samurai is a beautifully written epic that has emotions throughout the movie. This soundtrack makes the movie and its emotions. It is like a samurai. A samurai must wield a sword to be complete and to do battle. A movie must have music to be complete as a story for without music it would be boring and pathetic. I recommend this album to anyone who enjoys Japanese type mythical music to swing your sword to and jump around to. Or hey you can even relax to it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A masterpiece in musical scores!

    After I saw "The Last Samurai", I just had to buy the soundtrack. It is worth every penny. The music is epic, yet quite relaxing. Buy this disc, and experience Han Zimmer's latest achievment in music.

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    Posted October 15, 2010

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