The Music of Hans Zimmer Vol. 2
Music Composed By Hans Zimmer
Performed By The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted By James Fitzpatrick
Produced By Rick Clark & James Fitzpatrick
Silva Screen Records SILCD1362
Disc One – 11 Tracks Running Time:51:14
Disc Two – 12 Tracks Running Time: 50:55
Released on August 16, 2011
Hans Zimmer is one of Hollywoods busiest and most reliable composers around. Zimmer who made a major splash with his memorable World score for the hit film, Rain Man in 1988 has since produced a legacy of memorable scores that would follow that include Driving Miss Daisy, Days of Thunder, Black Rain, Bird On A Wire, Thelma And Louise, The Lion King, True Romance, Crimson Tide, Gladiator and I can go on and on. i had opportunity to meet him in person when he was here in New York promoting his brilliant The Dark Knight score with James Newton Howard, is easily one of the wittiest and enjoyable composers I’ve met. His music is as infectious as his personality and that is always a great thing in the profession that he’s in. To have sheer joy in what you do is how you make greater music. With that in mind, Silva Screen has produced a second volume dedicate to the composer of music from his most recent scores which include Pirates of the Caribbean:On Stranger Tides to his earliest score on this compilation anyway, The Peacemaker, which was the theatrical debut film for Dreamworks Pictures, Steven Spielberg’s company in 1997 and was also the head of the music department for the studio.
Since that time, Zimmer has scored every genre with great success and this second volume of music features his headliner scores from 1997 to the present. While all the majority of the material that is on this album is still widely available, it is a good compilation as well as the first one to get acquinted with Zimmer’s music if you’re just starting out collecting. The trick and the problem with Zimmer’s music is that the majority of his scores are mostly synthesizer based and is the orchestra itself.Trying to convert that into an orchestrial setting is a daunting task which isn’t always successful and at times comes out rather flat. The City of Prague Philharmonic does a very good job with the scores compiled here and they’ve gotten better and better in over the last ten years with their good re-recordings.
The most important scores that make up this compliation in my opinion are the exciting Inception, the flamboyant score to Sherlock Holmes, The Dark Knight, Jack Sparrow’s Theme from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, KIng Arthur The Prince of Egypt and The Peacemaker. The other choices represented here are also very good, but some how lacking in a way. Mission Impossible 2, I felt was the weakest score of the series to date and The Ring, while it’s creepy like the film just wasn’t all that memorable for me. The Lion King has been featured in way too many compliations to really enjoy the score that much anymore. Granted it’s Zimmer’s lone Academy Award win to date, but it would be nice to see some more of his obscure scores or themes. i also wish that they put his unreleased music for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides which was an album that was botched and surely wouldn’t have been short of material to re-record.
Missed opportunity there.
Like I reviewed James Horner’s compliation, this one is definitely in the same league as the Horner one. However, it’s major weakness is that there should’ve been a little more of scores added like The Simpsons Movie, Something’s Gotta Give,The Holiday, Frost/Nixon, The Dilemma and It’s Complicated. The majority of those aren’t released and if they were on this compilation, I would definitely say it’s a great reason to get it. This set is essentially for die hard fans of Zimmer’s music who wants everything that comes out with his name on it, which is fine. However for collectors who already have the albums, there isn’t really a special need to get it. It’s not terrible by any means or by far, but it just lacks more of the material that I mentioned which definitely would’ve made a huge difference in the album’s diversity of material and adding something entirely new that hasn’t been heard before. The orchestra does a great job keeping up with everything they’re given and they should be commended because Zimmer’s material isn’t exactly all that easy to translate into a simple orchestral canvas.
The Music of Hans Zimmer Vol.2 is a fair representation of the excellent career of the composer and an excellent starter set along with Vol.1 for those who want to hear the scores represented and eventually want to own them. For those who already have his scores, it’s non essential but regardless it’s still very good and shouldn’t be overlooked.
The Music of Hans Zimmer Vol.2 is available locally at Barnes and Noble and at J&R Music & Computer World in Lower Manhattan as well as online on Amazon and Silva Screen Records.
3. Dream Is Collapsing
7. 160 Bpm
8. Aggressive Expansion
9. Why So Serious?
10. Up Is Down
11. Drink Up, Me Hearties
1. Davy Jones
2. Jack Sparrow
4. Zoosters Breakout
5. Woad To Ruin
6. This Is Going To Hurt
8. Leave No Man Behind
10. Red Sea
11. End Titles
12. This Land
– Danny Gonzalez
Film Music Examiner New York-NYC