Wings of A Film: The Music of Hans Zimmer

Wings of A Film: The Music of Hans Zimmer

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by Hans Zimmer
     
 

"Hans understands the impact of music on moving images as well as any composer past or present" -- mighty big words coming from noted director Barry Levinson (Diner, Good Morning Vietnam), who worked with the innovative composer on Rain Man. Recorded live at the Flanders InternationalSee more details below

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"Hans understands the impact of music on moving images as well as any composer past or present" -- mighty big words coming from noted director Barry Levinson (Diner, Good Morning Vietnam), who worked with the innovative composer on Rain Man. Recorded live at the Flanders International Film Festival 2000 -- with Zimmer's Gladiator collaborator Lisa Gerrard among the featured soloists -- The Wings of a Film: The Music of Hans Zimmer features a dozen tantalizing selections spanning Zimmer's career. Removed from the context of the Oscar-winning film, the opening passages from Gladiator sound even grander, emphasizing their larger-than-life sonics. In marked contrast, "Driving," from Driving Miss Daisy, blends a poignantly nostalgic intimacy with down-home, thumping piano. Other standout selections include the Spanish guitar-accented "Nyah and Ethan" from Mission Impossible 2 (Score), the bluegrass guitar-laced "Thunderbird" from Thelma & Louise, and the African rhythms of "Busa" and "Lea Halalela" from the Oscar-winning The Lion King. Maestro Zimmer also shines as a conductor; leading an orchestra through his work, he eloquently affirms the power of his music both in its own terms and as an enhancement to film.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This is an album of excerpts from Hans Zimmer's film scores, performed at a concert at the Flanders International Film Festival by Zimmer with the VRO Flemish Radio Orchestra conducted by Dirk Brossé and featuring many guest soloists. Zimmer, a German-born veteran of the 1970s and '80s British rock scene (he was a member of the Buggles of "Video Killed the Radio Star" fame), broke into film scoring in the early '80s, and by late in the decade had become a prolific A list movie composer, eventually taking home an Oscar for The Lion King. He is responsible for dragging film composing into the synthesizer and computer era, but is equally capable of writing sweeping orchestral music, as is apparent here in the orchestra's performances of portions of his scores for Gladiator, Nine Months, and True Romance. Still, his most characteristic writing may be his minimalist work on Rain Man, which brought him his first Academy Award nomination, and which he performs here. His work on The Lion King, here featuring co-composer Lebo M, seems less impressive in retrospect, a pale imitation of South African mbaqanga music, though it certainly worked well in the film and on the Broadway stage. The music from Driving Miss Daisy remains attractive and melodic, even if one is reminded that it was noticeably anachronistic in the film itself. But perhaps a real sense of Zimmer's roots is provided in "Thunderbird" from Thelma & Louise, an orchestral setting for an extended electric guitar solo played by Pete Haycock, which is drenched in British progressive rock and sounds like it could have come from a Pink Floyd album. The excerpts add up to a clear portrait of a musician with the versatility and talent to be what he is: one of the world's top film composers.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/19/2001
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028946774922
catalogNumber:
467749
Rank:
73674

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hans Zimmer   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards
Bruce Fowler   Trombone
Peter Haycock   Electric Guitar
Lisa Gerrard   Vocals,Yang Chin
Luis Jardim   Percussion
Andy Pask   Bass
Ralph Salmins   Percussion,Drums
Lebo M.   Vocals
Gavin Greenaway   Keyboards,Leader
Rupert Gregson-Williams   Keyboards
John Powell   Percussion
Heitor Teixeira Pereira   Acoustic Guitar

Technical Credits

Bruce Fowler   Arranger,Orchestration
Ladd McIntosh   Orchestration
Peter Brandt   Engineer
Walt Fowler   Orchestration
Alan Meyerson   Producer
Suzette Moriarty   Orchestration
Jim Levine   Arranger
Carla Leighton   Art Direction
Slamm Andrews   Engineer
Elizabeth Finch   Orchestration
Gregg W. Silk   Engineer
Kevin Globerman   Engineer
Geoff Zanelli   Arranger
Booker White   Supervising Copyist

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