Van Helsing [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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Barnes & Noble - Scott D. Paulin
A wild sonic ride to Transylvania -- and more than a few eerie thrills upon arriving there -- is what's in store for the unsuspecting Hugh Jackman fan who tunes in to the soundtrack to the vampire slayer blockbuster Van Helsing. Alan Silvestri's vivid orchestral score seems even more densely action-packed than the thrilling film itself. The driving rhythms gallop forward while a creepy chanting chorus looms overhead like a bad omen. As for the battle scenes, they scarcely need any visuals to convey whether the heroes or villains are winning. Best of all is the inventive orchestration: The string section sounds like buzzing insects one minute, skeletal scratchings on ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Scott D. Paulin
A wild sonic ride to Transylvania -- and more than a few eerie thrills upon arriving there -- is what's in store for the unsuspecting Hugh Jackman fan who tunes in to the soundtrack to the vampire slayer blockbuster Van Helsing. Alan Silvestri's vivid orchestral score seems even more densely action-packed than the thrilling film itself. The driving rhythms gallop forward while a creepy chanting chorus looms overhead like a bad omen. As for the battle scenes, they scarcely need any visuals to convey whether the heroes or villains are winning. Best of all is the inventive orchestration: The string section sounds like buzzing insects one minute, skeletal scratchings on a windowpane the next. With its distorted, spectral waltz theme, the comically grotesque "All Hallow's Eve Ball" offers a brief respite from all the mayhem -- and a disc highlight. Van Helsing is everything a blockbuster soundtrack should be: equal parts adventure, suspense, and just plain fun.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/4/2004
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 602498619995
  • Catalog Number: 000233112
  • Sales rank: 83,321

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alan Silvestri Primary Artist, Conductor
Walt Harrah Choir, Chorus
Morgan Ames Choir, Chorus
Joan Beal Choir, Chorus
Dick Bolks Choir, Chorus
Susan Boyd Choir, Chorus
Amick Byram Choir, Chorus
Alvin Chea Choir, Chorus
Randy Crenshaw Choir, Chorus
Clydene Jackson Edwards Choir, Chorus
Steve Grimm Choir, Chorus
Linda Harmon Choir, Chorus
Terry Harrington Choir, Chorus
Sheri Izzard Choir, Chorus
David Joyce Choir, Chorus
Jon Joyce Choir, Chorus
Rick Logan Choir, Chorus
Melissa MacKay Choir, Chorus
Gene Merlino Choir, Chorus
Michael Mishaw Choir, Chorus
Andrea Robinson Choir, Chorus
Sally Stevens Choir, Chorus
Gary Stockdale Choir, Chorus
Maurita Phillips Thornburgh Choir, Chorus
Carmen Twillie Choir, Chorus
Maxine Willard Waters Choir, Chorus
John West Choir, Chorus
Ann White Choir, Chorus
Jerry Whitman Choir, Chorus
Elin Carlson Choir, Chorus
Susie Stevens Logan Choir, Chorus
Steve Amerson Choir, Chorus
Bob Joyce Choir, Chorus
Ron Colward Choir, Chorus
John Duykers Choir, Chorus
Kerry Katz Choir, Chorus
Guy Maeda Choir, Chorus
Kerry Walsh Choir, Chorus
Dwayne Condon Choir, Chorus
Mike Geiger Choir, Chorus
Debbie Diedrich Soloist
Samela Beasom Choir, Chorus
Edie Lehmann Boddicker Choir, Chorus
Sean McDermott Choir, Chorus
Jeannine Wagner Choir, Chorus
Bill Edwards Choir, Chorus
Dick Wells Choir, Chorus
Reid Bruton Choir, Chorus
George Stern Choir, Chorus
Laura Bohn Choir, Chorus
Cindy Bourquin Choir, Chorus
Virenia Lind Choir, Chorus
Jonathan Mack Choir, Chorus
Steven Dunham Choir, Chorus
Jody Golightly Choir, Chorus
Donna Davidson Medine Choir, Chorus
John Beeney Choir, Chorus
Kenneth Knight Choir, Chorus
Christie Lawrence Choir, Chorus
Agostino Castagnola Choir, Chorus
Debbie Hall Gleason Choir, Chorus
Hollywood Film Chorale Vocals
Diane Freiman Reynolds Choir, Chorus
Jenny Graham Choir, Chorus
Sandie Hall Brooks Choir, Chorus
Mary Hylan Cain Choir, Chorus
Chris Saranec Choir, Chorus
Gerald White Choir, Chorus
Terri Koide Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
David Bifano Producer, Audio Production
Harry Garfield Music Executive
Mark McKenzie Orchestration
Dennis Sands Engineer, Engineering
Alan Silvestri Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Kathy Nelson Music Executive
William Ross Orchestration
David Slonaker Orchestration
Carla Leighton Art Direction
Patricia Weber Stage Engineer
Patricia Sullivan Fourstar Mastering
Adam Michalak Engineering
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Horrifically beautiful!!!

    I LOVE the vocalizations in some of the main theme, the entire CD is incredible and well done.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this is awesome!!!!

    I loved the music to the movie.i usually don't like this kind of music,but this time i did. i could really feel it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just plain fun

    Alan Silvestri has churned out an enjoyable, bombastic, catchy, memorable - at times OTT - but always fun to listen too score. Well worth it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another outstanding entry from Silvestri

    Once I heard that filmmusic powerhouse Alan Silvestri was going to score the Stephen Sommers film "Van Helsing", I knew that it was going to be a mind-blowing score. He had done a brilliant job on Sommers' previous film, "The Mummy Returns", and has such an incredible knack for adventure scores. And when I finally got to hear this score, I wasn't disappointed in the least. Great brassy fanfares, a fantastic villain theme, and much more make this a CD for any fan of adventure scores.

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