The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight

by James Newton Howard


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The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack returns with the ASCAP winning composers from Batman Begins -- Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer and seven time Oscar nominee James Newton Howard -- for a powerful orchestral score.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/15/2008
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0093624986003
catalogNumber: 511101
Rank: 45332

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Newton Howard   Primary Artist,Piano
Bruce Fowler   Conductor
Ryeland Allison   Vocals
Simon Chamberlain   Piano
Gary Kettel   Percussion
Michael Levine   Vocals
Anthony Pleeth   Cello
Frank Ricotti   Percussion
Martin Tillman   Vocals
Mel Wesson   Ambience
Hans Zimmer   Synthesizer
Maurice Murphy   Trumpet
Mary Scully   Bass
Peter Lale   Viola
Peter Davies   Trombone
Matt Dunkley   Conductor
Gavin Greenaway   Conductor
Richard Watkins   Horn
Satnam Ramgotra   Vocals
Owen Slade   Tuba
Paul Clarivs   Percussion
Rose Warren-Green   Concert Master
Heitor Pereira   Vocals

Technical Credits

Bruce Fowler   Orchestration
James Newton Howard   Composer,Producer
Walt Fowler   Orchestration
Randy Kerber   Orchestration
Alan Meyerson   Score Mixer
Suzette Moriarty   Orchestration
Hans Zimmer   Composer,Producer
Geoff Foster   Engineer
Brad Dechter   Orchestration
Jeff Atmajian   Orchestration
Steven R. Gilmore   Art Direction
Becky Bentham   Score Coordinator
Elizabeth Finch   Orchestration
Henry Jackman   Arranger
Lisa Margolis   Album Administrator
Keith Zajic   Album Administrator
Jeff "Bucko" Biggers   Engineering
Debi Streeter   Music Administrator
Thomas Broderick   Sequencing Programmer
Lorne Balfe   Producer,Additional Music
Christopher Nolan   Liner Notes
Kevin Kaska   Orchestration
Steven Kofsky   Musical Producer
Pamela Sollie   Score Coordinator
Alex Gibson   Producer
Czarina Russell   Studio Manager
Jacob Shea   Sequencing Programmer
Noah Sorota   Sequencing Programmer
Jeff Biggers   Engineering
Charlotte Matthew   Assistant Contractor
Marc Cimino   Album Administrator

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Dark Knight [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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One of the most highly anticipated film scores of the summer season is finally on store shelves as we have finally reached the eve of the premier of the new Batman film &quot The Dark Knight.&quot The innovative score to &quot Batman Begins&quot brought James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer together for a rare collaborative effort that only added to the success and drama of that film, so it was no wonder that director Christopher Nolan would ask the two back for another look into the darker side of Batman. &quot Batman Begins&quot brought in a new era to the Batman film genre by taking a darker look at Batman in both film and music, making batman look like more of a graphic novel rather than a comic book. The music was especially innovative in the sense of there not being a clear, stereotypical hero theme like the famed Danny Elfman them of the 1989 &quot Batman&quot movie. Instead, Hans and James created a more texture and feeling based theme for Batman that only consisted of two notes! However, the moment that you here those two note, you know without seeing the character, who he is and what he represents. These musical elements easily carry over into the &quot Dark Knight&quot were we see an even more dynamic look at the use of texture and feeling which make these scores so unique. &quot The Dark Knight&quot is a triumphant return for the dynamic Duo of these composers as we get to look into the especially dark and perverse character of the joker. Going along with the idea of the score being texture and feeling, Hans went to extraordinary lengths to make the joker theme surprising simple, narrowing it down to one note. The perversion and bizarreness of this note, however, creates a very dramatic and uncomfortable feeling in the listeners ear, only adding to the complexities of the character. As Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard have discussed, Hans wrote the &quot dark music&quot for the films and James wrote the &quot elegant music.&quot Now where is this more present than in James' look at the character of Harvey Dent. 'Harvey Two-Face' is as you would expect: a dynamic musical sound base to the two distinct sides of Harvey Dent. James does a spectacular job of contrasting beautiful melodic strains with rhythmic pulsations to give you a sense of the two sides of this character. He finally climaxes with the beautiful, heart throbbing melody in the strings that he used in &quot Batman Begins&quot that just leaves you aching for more of this truly dynamic music. If you would like to read more about the composition of the score to &quot The Dark Knight,&quot check out these interviews with Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard: SoundtrackNet - Anarchy and Justice: Two Sides of a Coin &amp Tracksounds! - Return of the Dynamic Duo. If you would like to read more about film scores, visit my blog at
Guest More than 1 year ago
Love the entire soundtrack but have to say &quot Why So Serious&quot is my favorite. Just a very different sound.Plus I can't hear that song without thinking of the Joker :)
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