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|1. 3200 Years Ago|
|3. Achilles Leads The Myrmidons|
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|5. The Night Before|
|6. The Greek Army And Its Defeat|
|7. Briseis And Achilles|
|8. The Trojans Attack|
|9. Hectors Death|
|10. The Wooden Horse And The Sacking Of Troy|
|11. Through The Fires, Achilles . . . And Immortality|
|12. Remember - Performed by Josh Groban with Tanja Tzarovska|
Director Wolfgang Peterson took Homer's The Iliad, excerpted the epic Trojan Wars, ditched those troublesome Greek gods, and largely hung his film's fortunes on copious amount of CGI wizardry and Brad Pitt. Immersing himself in the sword 'n' sandal genre largely revived by Gladiator composer James Horner (whose work here replaced the original score of Gabriel Yared) faced some challenging musical choices: Employ the dark synthetic goth textures of Hans Zimmer, or evoke a more traditional, heroic orchestral tack? The veteran scorer's "3200 Years Ago" arguably goes Zimmer one better, its dissonance-laced textures and dark percussion evoking an ancient, frightening world. There are similar intrigues ("The Temple of Poseidon," "Hector's Death," "The Wooden Horse...") elsewhere, but whether because of the haste with which he composed the score or other filmmaking pressures, Horner also dispenses some cliched, orchestral heroism more worthy of Steve Reeves or Ah-nold. Aficionados often accuse the composer of repeating himself, and the repetitive brass arpeggios he uses as frequent punctuation here do seem straight from the playbook, not to mention Enemy at the Gates; at least he's thematically apropos. There's a closing nod to Jarre's Lawrence of Arabia lyricism, and then Josh Groban gets to burnish his career with a suitably melodramatic take on David Foster's bathetic, neo-exotica ballad Remember Me. -- Jerry McCulley
Top Customer Reviews
I liked the music so much I bought the soundtrack I can't remember ever having done that since a hundred years ago for "Somewhere in Time".
It's like an opera, each character has his own theme. The music as the Greeks (Achaeans) move toward the walls of Troy for the first time is dissonant and unresolved, like ... hey ... war itself.
Th love music for Briseis and Achilles is really beautiful. I love this album and recommend it highly for careful listening as to how the themes match the epic actions.
I cannot say enough great things about this cd!!!
Whoever complained about the lack of romantic elements, the Iliad ISN'T supposed to be about romance. It's about war.
So what if its a Gladiator rip-off? (which I don't think so, by the way)
The music is beautifully apt, especially Achilles Leads the Myrmidons. My only complaint is the contant repetition of the eerie woman singing in the background. It can get on your nerves after a while.
Other than that, the tracks do tell the story well.
The grandeur to returning to Troy, in Track 2.
The bravery of Achilles in Track 3.
Briseis and Achilles's love in the Track with that title.
Reliving Hector and Achilles' struggle in Hector's Death.
And last but not least, the mournful reminiscence of Troy with Josh Groban's Enchanting "Remember".
What I can say is, all those who dissed this soundtrack are philistines.
The pounding action music is powerful, but nothing Zimmer didn't do better in 'Gladiator'. More than enough reviewers have pointed this out.
The thematic music suffers from a severe split personality. On the one hand significant parts of the movie are scored with the 'wordless female wailing' that is popular in period movies today ('Mists of Avalon' and 'Gladiator' again are two examples where it works). On the other, half the movie is done in huge brassy orchestral cues that combine classic Horner self-plagarism with homage to the 'Ben Hur' type of ancient-times soundtrack. The driving, fluttery trumpet fanfare as the ships make landfall comes straight from the theme for the Klingons in the Star Trek movies he scored in the 80s.
The bottom line: buy the 'Gladiator' sountrack instead. It covers most of the same ground but is much more mature. Horner's score to 'Troy' scores few points as art but is at least effectivey accompanies a movie whose only real purpose is to keep teenagers glued to their seats with thousands of clashing CGI soldiers for the guys and Brad Pitt's (...) and the crease by Orlando Bloom's junk for the girls.
Most recent customer reviews
Been wanting this soundtrack for years. Finally I get it and man do I enjoy it. Great price and no damage.Published 18 months ago by Pilon
Horner's score is a pastiche of themes he's used in countless other film scores. While his work during the 80's was still fresh and interesting, his recycling of those same... Read morePublished on June 23 2004 by John Sears
If you want to hear the inklings of Horner's "Braveheart" then buy this soundtrack. It only tells the story of war and not of the many love stories that coincide. Read morePublished on June 16 2004
I can't understand why they dumped Gabriel Yared's original score, which you can hear at [...] but I can understand why they hired James Horner. Read morePublished on June 15 2004 by M.B.
Ok, the only reason bought this soundtrack was because i saw the trailer and i loved the music in it. Normally, i wouldn't have gotten soundtracks just because of the trailer. Read morePublished on June 14 2004
Originally, the soundtrack was written by Gabriel Yared. His music was also used in the trailers. But one month before public screening this music was thrown out of the window on... Read morePublished on June 14 2004 by Noel Grima
Given that the film's poster uses the same colors as 'Gladiator,' I expected there to be some echoes of Hans Zimmer's influence--but not a total rip-off! Read morePublished on June 14 2004 by J. McCrackan