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The Wings of A Film: The Music of Hans Zimmer

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Velez
"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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Andrew Velez
"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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/19/2001
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028946774922
  • Catalog Number: 467749
  • Sales rank: 62,940

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Now We Are Free (5:13)
  2. 2 Am I Not Merciful (6:47)
  3. 3 Driving Miss Daisy (encore version) (5:40)
  4. 4 Thunderbird (7:46)
  5. 5 Journey to the Line (9:53)
  6. 6 Nyah & Ethan - Heitor Teixeira Pereira (6:47)
  7. 7 Lea Halalela (5:59)
  8. 8 Mother Africa (5:46)
  9. 9 Excerpt (5:13)
  10. 10 Excerpt (5:05)
  11. 11 Excerpt (3:31)
  12. 12 Busa (4:09)
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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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