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Troy [Soundtrack]

James Horner Audio CD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
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1. 3200 Years Ago
2. Troy
3. Achilles Leads The Myrmidons
4. The Temple Of Poseidon
5. The Night Before
6. The Greek Army And Its Defeat
7. Briseis And Achilles
8. The Trojans Attack
9. Hector’s 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

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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

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Troy Soundtrack July 5 2004
Format:Audio CD
I purchased this CD solely for the purpose of hearing the touching "Remember Me" by Josh Groden without even seeing the motion picture itself. Josh has a spectacular voice and it was a shame he didn't have more minutes to share it with us. I thought the rest of the music basically was "ok" but I heard bits and pieces of "Titanic" coming though. Horner is a musical genius for sure but I felt that this soundtrack should have had more "drums" and french horns to relate the sheer excitement exploding from the music that would make the listener sit up and take notice. I hope when I see the movie it will do so. I have always felt that music can make or break the mood of a motion picture and Titanic being one of the best I have ever heard still moves me. I play "Remember Me" over and over again, it has a lasting beauty that lingers with the listener and relates so much to the imagination even tho I do not know to whom this song is meant for in the movie but I imagine it to be for Achillies and his lover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hey, War is Jarring July 4 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the most spectacular orchestrations imaginable. It accurately represents to feel of steel, the flash of bronze, the dash of bodies down those sandy hills to the beach or up those walls. The songs of the eastern European women are typical of scenes when the war dead are being cleared away. Hey, it's not a joyful occasion. I think there are many features about this movie and its presentation that are European in flavor and difficult for some Americans to get a handle on.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars i love the soundtrack June 26 2004
Format:Audio CD
I loved the movie, amazing indeed, and the soundtract is plus 5stars, in fact i give it a 10+ james horner did an excellent job, also Josh Groban, he's outstanding, if u havent heard of this young man then go out and buy this cd plus his latest cd closer, which he sings in 4 langauges....Remember Me, is brillant, as well as tanya....i cant spell her last name, but her vocals to the song, outstanding,....
I cannot say enough great things about this cd!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's Plain Perfect June 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
Reading all the other reviews, I can't understand why everyone claims that the music was "jarring" and "annoying", amongst other things. Listening to it, I could really relive the battle scenes, the triumph, the glory, the desolation, all of it.
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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Star Vehicle II: The Wrath of Hans Zimmer June 14 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I'm not even going to start on the way the movie butchers the Illiad, reducing it to a bunch of modern platitudes about the power of love, with poorly developed and schizophrenic themes about greatness vs. domestic happieness and selfishness vs. service. But the way the movie mumbles without saying anything reminds me an awful lot of the score.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally I get it and man do I enjoy it. Great price and no damage
Been wanting this soundtrack for years. Finally I get it and man do I enjoy it. Great price and no damage.
Published 1 month ago by Levi
1.0 out of 5 stars Lousy
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 more
Published on June 23 2004 by John Sears
1.0 out of 5 stars Save your money for Yared!
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 more
Published on June 16 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars For the time it was written in, WOW
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 more
Published on June 15 2004 by M.B.
3.0 out of 5 stars missing what i got it for
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 more
Published on June 14 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Unforgivable Treason
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 more
Published on June 14 2004 by Noel Grima
1.0 out of 5 stars Gladiator Lite
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 more
Published on June 14 2004 by J. McCrackan
5.0 out of 5 stars One of James Horner's best scores!
Being a big fan of epic scores (like Ben-Hur and Gladiator), I was very interested in how this one would turn out, given that James Horner was given about two weeks to compose it... Read more
Published on June 13 2004
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