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Gladiator [Soundtrack]

Hans Zimmer , Lisa Gerrard Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (340 customer reviews)
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1. Progeny
2. The Wheat
3. The Battle
4. Earth
5. Sorrow
6. To Zucchabar
7. Patricide
8. The Emperor Is Dead
9. The Might Of Rome
10. Strength And Honor
11. Reunion
12. Slaves To Rome
13. Barbarian Horde
14. Am I Not Merciful?
15. Elysium
16. Honor Him
17. Now We Are Free

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Back in the Golden Age of the Hollywood epic, composer Miklós Rózsa lavished much scholarly research on his scores for Quo Vadis (1951), Ben-Hur (1959), El Cid (1961) and others, gracing those movies with music that had as its wellspring authentic (or at least authentic-sounding) melodies from the period. For Ridley Scott's revival of the Roman epic, Gladiator, Hans Zimmer eschews such learned academia in favour of his own more contemporary, wall-of-sound approach (honed to perfection on movies like Tony Scott's Crimson Tide). In truth, no one is quite sure what Roman music sounded like, and Zimmer's unscholarly rock music background is temperamentally better suited to Scott's all-action movie anyway.

Gladiator's score is a stylistic conflation of some audacity, incorporating lavish synthesised, percussive action sequences (a Zimmer trademark), "ethnic" instrumentation including Spanish guitar, Chinese dulcimer and Armenian duduk, and--most suprisingly of all for Zimmer--unabashed plagiarism of Wagner (his cue "The Might of Rome" is "Siegfried's Funeral March" in all but name) and Holst ("The Battle" and "The Barbarian Horde" lean heavily on "Mars"). Vocalist and co-composer Lisa Gerrard (fresh from working on The Insider, coincidentally also starring fellow-Australian Russell Crowe) adds her ethereal vocalisms to the music's more intimate scenes ("Sorrow" and "Elysium" for example). Her contribution brings an exotic, Oriental flavour to a score that in its broad musical canvas reflects the movie's depiction of the vast scope of the Roman Empire. If not the equal of Zimmer's career best work on The Thin Red Line (1998), this is still a hugely entertaining and diverse soundtrack. --Mark Walker

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 8 2014
Format:Audio CD
its good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alright Hans Zimmer and Enya! Nov. 2 2003
Format:Audio CD
The music is inspirational and I love all of them.The last one, Now We Are Free, is DEFINATELY my favorite (Which was by Enya...).I think I can acually feel the music and I want to merge with it...(sounds crazy but its true)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not too original Oct. 21 2000
Format:Audio CD
I may be the only person on the planet who thinks Zimmer ripped of Gustav Holst's Mars and his scoring partner ripped off Yanni. The sound quality is stupendous, but if the Planets wasn't a public domain work, Zimmer would have his rear end sued for copyright infringement. Overwrought. One or two cuts will do ya. For folks who'll never listen to classical music, go ahead. I know I'll get hate mail, but I'm just stating an opinion here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great soundtrack June 4 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I think that this is one of only a handful of soundtracks that should appeal to just about everybody whether or not they liked the movie. I didn't particularly care for the film myself, but I love the soundtrack. This score is reminiscent of other Zimmer works like the Rock and Crimson Tide in parts, but possesses a powerful emotional underpinning. I would recommend this soundtrack highly, along with Badelt's Pirates of the Caribbean which is also excellent although perhaps less reflective and more action oriented.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seamlessly Entrancing May 31 2004
By Emil^
Format:Audio CD
Of all my favorite classical soundtracks from the movies - Zimmer's & Garrard's Gladiator disk is hands-down my all-time favorite. More epic in scope that William's Jurassic Park and more hypnotic than Mansell's Requiem for a Dream. For me this is the epitome of modern movie/classical music that I can sink into while allowing my mind to fantasize.
I learned of this disk while visiting a handful of high quality/elite audio stores a few years back, many of which by default used this soundtrack as a showcase to demonstrate the range, depth, clarity and overall quality of their high-end sound systems & speakers.
As an audio connoisseur of the classical genera I was blown away by the quality and dynamics of this compilation. Yet, even on the mediocre system I have, the dynamics, range of emotion & character this album exhibits are sublime - this IS a model showcase soundtrack. It's kind of like an educational amusement park ride in the Roman Era in my eyes - full of adrenaline, hype, tragedy, love and entertainment and war - yet amazingly, not cheesy in the slightest.
I learned of this album well before seeing the movie, and in fact - after seeing Gladiator the movie, I was disappointed that it did not deliver what my imagination could while listening and focusing on this soundtrack.
From dramatic orchestral movements to soft and emotional sounds of drama and tension and beyond, the music of this album tells a complex story which does not require pictures to illustrate. Let your imagination be the canvas and paint while listening to this story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Motion Picture Soundtrack May 24 2004
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Format:Audio CD
This is definately one of the best scores to any movie I have ever heard. It absolutely never gets old or tiring. Hans Zimmer is a real master at this, and I love this album. Go buy it, you won't regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible May 11 2004
By Mobius
Format:Audio CD
This score is quite possibly the most fitting for a movie, as well as the most emotional one I've heard. I absolutely love this CD. I absolutely love "Sorrow," "The Wheat," and "Now We Are Free." I recommend this to anyone who loved the movie, loves powerful/emotional songs, and anyone who has an open ear to this kind of music (neo-classical I'd say) and hasn't seen the movie (check out the DVD if you fall into this category ;) ). Wonderful CD. Much love. A+
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely the best! May 7 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I can't say enough about this CD. Just buy it. You won't be disappointed.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Intestinal Distress of Lisa Gerrard
Ridley Scott's 'Gladiator', a modern quasi-remake of 'Spartacus' and 'The Fall of the Roman Empire', undoubtedly had the potential of a great score, one must only imagine what an... Read more
Published on April 15 2004 by J. Eric Dietrich
5.0 out of 5 stars As impressive as I thought it would be..
Just beautiful..absolutely beautiful. Nothing like getting awesome music to your favorite movie and being able to see in your mind every scene of the movie as the music plays out. Read more
Published on March 5 2004 by "beachloafer"
5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspiring and All-Around Beautiful Composition!
I saw the movie, Gladiator a few years ago in theaters with my dad. Although I loved the movie and thought it was amazing, nothing "stuck with me" more than the haunting... Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2004 by R. A. Van Nuys
5.0 out of 5 stars so this is love...
AMAZING score!!!! of course though, I never expect anything less from Hans Zimmer :) Great variety, original. My favorite movie as well. Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Now We Are Free
As much as I enjoyed the music on "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", the Oscar for best original score really should have gone to "Gladiator" but at least it won best movie. Read more
Published on Jan. 7 2004 by Clarissa
3.0 out of 5 stars Great action music, but the rest falters.
It is incorrect to call "Gladiator" an action movie; the drama outlasts the action by several times. Read more
Published on Sept. 8 2003 by N. Lencioni
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