Now before you scream at me for liking this score, let me tell you I am an AVID fan of Manhunter. I love every part of it, and I really don't mind this remake since it will be more about madman Francis Dolarhyde and his love interest Reba McClane than FBI Agent Will Graham (Dolarhyde and Reba being my favorite characters who did NOT get enough screen time in Manhunter, although they put on the best performances in the movie).
The score is one of Danny Elfman's voice, and I proudly say it's superior to Silence of the Lambs' score. The violins make sooth little sounds and then out of nowhere come violently shrieking up and down, creating intense imagination. The piano whispers like a softly spoken lullaby; listen to the first track, Logos - it is perfect for this gothic cinematic pleasure.
I won't deny at all that Manhunter had one of the best soundtracks ever - I own the soundtrack and listen to it a lot. You cannot compare Red Dragon's score to Manhunter, though. Manhunter's score is very atmospheric and features a lot of Enya-type tunes and good rock songs fit to every scene (This Big Hush was brilliantly picked for Francis and Reba's love scene), but Red Dragon's score is pure orchestral beauty. The music does have a huge "I KNEW Danny Elfman scored this" mark to it, but it is very different from his other works. This, Batman Returns and The Nightmare Before Christmas are his best works. I can barely wait to go see Red Dragon in theatres now considering how grand of a score this is.