As a Hans Zimmer fan, I eagerly count the days till the release of a Zimmer score, or any Media Ventures score for that matter. Zimmer's work on The Da Vinci Code reunites him for the second time with director Ron Howard. It strikes me odd that Ron Howard didn't develop a continuing collaboration with Zimmer after Backdraft considering the success of that film. Hans Zimmer is known for establishing great working relationships with directors such as Ridley Scott, John Woo, Antoine Fuqua, Gore Verbinski, and Penny Marshall.
The score is unique and borrows elements from his previous scores to Hannibal, The Ring, and Batman Begins. It's not the bombastic action score we've come to expect from Zimmer, then again this is not a bombastic action movie. Zimmer creates tension with most of the tracks, and he adds a Latin choir to some tracks to set the religious tone of the film. In fact, the British Film censors said that the filmmakers had to tone down Zimmer's score in the film if they wanted to get a 12A rating versus a 15. I've never heard of a film's score affecting the rating of a film. Track 7, "Salvete Virgines", is a perfect example of the choir even though it is not used in the film. Another highlight of the album is track 10, "The Citrine Cross", where we get a little glimpse of trademark Zimmer in probably the most "action" oriented track. The second to last track, "Chevaliers De Sangreal", is my favorite cue on the album. Any Zimmer fan could pick that track out of a lineup and say 'that's Hans Zimmer'. It reminded me of "Journey To The Line" from his score to The Thin Red Line, not in tone but in structure. It builds slowly and continues to build into a full blown beautiful mixture of orchestration and digital synthesization. When I first listened to that track it sent chills down my spine, it did the same thing to me in the film.
Hans Zimmer is my favorite composer of all time, he is truly a gifted artist who continues to be the leader in modern film music composition. Zimmer's first score for 2006 is a beautiful subtle piece of music, and it will please Zimmer fans till we get his score release for Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest in July.