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David Arnold Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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1. Stargate Overture
2. Giza
3. Unstable
4. The Coverstones
5. Orion
6. The Stargate Opens
7. You're On The Team
8. Entering The Stargate
9. The Other Side
10. Mastadge Drag
11. The Mining Pit
12. King Of The Slaves
13. Caravan To Nagada
14. Daniel and Shauri
15. Symbol Discovery
16. Sarcophagus Opens
17. Daniel's Mastadge
18. Leaving Nagada
19. Ra - The Sun God
20. The Destruction of Nagada
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply incredible Feb. 22 2003
Format:Audio CD
This was David Arnold's score that got him into the big time. In short, it is absolutely outstanding. "Stargate Overture" begins with ominous sounding orchestral music, leading to an epic 7 note motif, which leads into a chorus chanting in a language that I can't understand. "Giza, 1928" begins with Egyptian-like sounds and tom-toms, reminding me somewhat of Jerry Goldsmith's The Mummy. This then leads to an incredible choral section, which is one of those film music moments that really stands out. "Orion" and "You're On The Team" contains military march based strings and percussion. "The Stargate Opens" is another incredible cue with lots of great orchestral things going on. "Entering the Stargate" starts out lovely and then segues into ominous string passages, leading up to going in the stargate. "Mastadge Drag" is a quick tempo version of the main theme that is fun and adventurous at the same time. "The Mining Pit" contains a great male voice choir and "Caravan to Nagada" contains a wonderful rendition of the main theme after a huge gong crash. "Leaving Nagada" contains heavy percussion and "Battle At The Pyramid" is a great action cue. "Going Home" ends the score with one, final rendition of the main theme ending in a powerful fashion. The first half of the score really stands out, while the middle section drags somewhat, and the finale is tremendous. A highly recommended score!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Give my regards to King Tut! Nov. 17 2002
Format:Audio CD
The tracks herein correspond exactly to those in the Special Edition DVD version of the film - none of that 're-recorded to get a musically superior version' nonsense. The tracks correspond to their order in the film, with one exception. A few isolated musical passages are omitted as separate tracks, usually because they're extracts from longer sequences elsewhere. I'll indicate which parts of the film correspond to each track, to help people decide for themselves what they'll be getting out of this CD.
"Stargate Overture" - The opening credits, complete with the 'growling' FX.
"Giza, 1928" - In the theatrical release, this immediately follows the overture, but with the volume so low that initially it's hard to hear. It ends with the cut from Giza to Daniel's lecture.
"Unstable" covers O'Neil's introduction, but begins in the preceding scene with the cheerful 5-note ripple as Catherine hands Daniel his travel plans.
"The Coverstones" skips the march as the camera first pans up to Creek Mountain, but begins as Daniel first enters the coverstones' room during the meet & greet, ending as he spots the chalkboard translation (omitting the little flourish accompanying his corrections).
"Orion" omits the short, isolated musical phrase covering the cut to Daniel's taped notes, beginning when Daniel marks up the 'borrowed' newspaper's star chart, ending as Catherine introduces West.
"The Stargate Opens" begins with West's "Show him", ending as the probe is sent through (not including the creepy passage as the robot approaches the gate).
"You're On the Team" begins as West adds Daniel to the team, ending as his travel allergies kick in again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best soundtrack ever? Nov. 30 1999
Format:Audio CD
Possibly the most amazing thing about this score is that it was only David Arnold's second major movie, and the first time he ever scored a movie for a large orchestra. What an achievement! As a composer myself, I marvel at the way he effectively captured the Egyptian flavor of the movie, all the while successfully supporting the movie's storyline. I listen to this score more than any others, and I consider it one of the 10 best movie scores ever (up there along with John Williams' "Schindler's List" and "Jurassic Park"; Nino Rota's "The Godfather"; Bernard Herrman's "Citizen Kane", "Cape Fear", "Vertigo", and "Psycho"; Miklos Rozsa's "Ben Hur"; and Sergei Prokofiev's "Alexander Nevsky".)
Unfortunately, Arnold has as-of-yet been unable to duplicate the genius and originality he showed in Stargate. His score to "Independence Day" seemed largely to be a rehash of Stargate. I anxiously await hearing his score to "The World is Not Enough".
This soundtrack is definitely a must have for all fans of movie scores.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Ben-Hur" meets "Star Wars" Oct. 3 2001
Format:Audio CD
One of the best parts of the sci-fi adventure film "Stargate" was David Arnold's superb musical score. Arnold's music is true to the film's concept, which blends science fiction gadgetry with motifs inspired by ancient Egypt; the music thus combines the flavor of classic space opera scores (like "Star Wars") with great biblical epic scores (like "Ben-Hur" or "The Ten Commandments").
The CD opens with the outstanding "Stargate Overture," a rich, romantic composition with ominous shadings. The CD as a whole is an excellent balance of militaristic, gentle, rousing, exotic, and just plain fun passages. Particularly impressive is "Ra -- The Sun God," which builds to a seductive yet horrific crescendo. Highly recommended for fans of great film scoring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A memorable soundtrack
A lot of the success of the feature film should be attributed to this soundtrack. It ends up more memorable than the film itself. A must have! Read more
Published on March 10 2004 by David Hepworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Something to listen to...
Since I first heard this soundtrack, I can't stop listening to it. Amazing music! Also the TV series' music is very good (same theme)!
Published on June 12 2003 by "thracia"
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than the composer's "Bond" work
Having been the composer for all of the Pierce Bronson "Bond" films, it appears that Arnold has taken John Barry's place. Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2003 by Reginald D. Garrard
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing
This soundtrack was simply amazing, I doubt the movie would have been very great had this magnificent score not intertwined with the plot and action scenes so fluidly. Read more
Published on Oct. 26 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have!
One of the best Motion Picture Soundtrack, every track is filled with power, you cannot help but get chills when you hear the oveture on track one at it's peak. Read more
Published on Aug. 16 2002 by Taisei Fuma
4.0 out of 5 stars All right, so it's a silly movie....
There are plot holes in *Stargate* through which you could pilot a fleet of galumphing great Doc-Smithian space dreadnaughts, and I know I *should* be making snotty comments left,... Read more
Published on Dec 21 2001 by Dr. van der Linden
4.0 out of 5 stars All right, so it's a silly movie....
There are plot holes in *Stargate* through which you could pilot a fleet of galumphing great Doc-Smithian space dreadnaughts, and I know I *should* be making snotty comments left,... Read more
Published on Dec 21 2001 by Dr. van der Linden
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Powerful, stirring, and romantic. A cross between Star Wars and Lawrence of Arabia. I don't own many many movie scores, but I'm so glad I bought this one. Play it LOUD!
Published on Feb. 5 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars ten stars indeed!
a work which reaches the limit,a miracle in the history of filmmusic.
Published on Feb. 2 2001 by Zhiyi Wang
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best scores composed by David Arnold
Stargate is David's first score for a hollywood film and does a good job at it as well. Stargate is very much like Independence Day with its brassy action sequences but isn't... Read more
Published on Aug. 6 2000 by Robert Pollock
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