Tag Archives: Hans Zimmer

Kung Fu Piano: Cello Ascends (The Piano Guys)

I love the Piano Guys. I love pretty much everything they’ve ever done. But I think I love this video most of all. Maybe because I’m so stinking happy to see them cover a piece by Hans Zimmer and John Powell. And because they put a grand piano on the Great Wall of China.

THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA, PEOPLE. I MEAN, SERIOUSLY.

Last I checked, this thing had 574 dislikes on YouTube. Funny. Now we know how many deaf people watched the video.

Soundtrack Review: Man Of Steel

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(Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Deluxe Edition]
Composer: Hans Zimmer
Running Time: 1 hr. 58 min.
Released: 2013
Opinon Stars: ★★★★★

I know you probably get tired of hearing me say this, but it’s the truth: Hans Florian Zimmer is a flipping music wizard. Seriously. He’s one of the best there is at what he does, and on a scale of one to ten with regard to Sheer Epic Magnificence, his latest work – Man Of Steel – is a rock solid eleven. Emotion, grit, and grandeur collide in superheroic measures for nearly two hours; if that doesn’t put a smile on your face, I don’t know what will. You want heart? Here you go. You want excitement? Gotcha covered. A robust and memorable theme worthy of the Last Son of Krypton? It’s right here. As one fellow put it,

MARVEL: “We have a Hulk.”
DC: “We have Hans Zimmer.”

Standout Tracks:
– DNA
– Goodbye My Son
– If You Love These People
– Terraforming
– This Is Clark Kent
– Flight
– What Are You Going to Do When You Are Not Saving the World?
– Man Of Steel (Hans’ Original Sketchbook)
– General Zod
– This Is Madness!
– Arcade

A postscript, as my attempt to answer some questions you might possibly have:

Q. “How does it compare to John Williams’ score for the original Superman?”
A. I think I’ve decided it’s unfair to compare the two. Admittedly, I’m not the biggest fan of Williams’ work there, but it fit Donner’s style well enough. Zimmer’s take is darker and more muscular, and if the previews we’ve seen are any indication, that’s precisely the kind of score Man Of Steel needs.

Q. “Does it sound like a rehash of The Dark Knight scores?”
A. No. Absolutely not. It sounds like Zimmer, of course – if you’re a hater, get lost – but there’s very little similarity between this and his other work for the DC Universe. One major difference is that Man Of Steel sounds far more enthusiastic and hopeful overall – which is good, since an uber-intense and moody score wouldn’t work for Supes the way it does for Bats.

Q. “Is the Deluxe Edition worth the extra moolah?”
A. Heck yes. You get half an hour’s worth of extra music. Do it.

Soundtrack Review: The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises
(Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Composer: Hans Zimmer
Running Time: 50 min.
Released: 2012
Opinion Stars: ★★★★★

I’ve been a Zimmer fan boy for years now, and if you ask me why, I might just punch you in the face; because contrary to popular opinion, there is such a thing as a stupid question, and that is one. Now, moving on… To say that I eagerly awaited the release of this score would be an understatement of staggering proportions. I was counting down the weeks, the days, the hours and the minutes. Well, the waiting is over now. It’s finally here. Finally. No more waiting. The score for The Dark Knight Rises has been unleashed on the world – and it’s bigger, bolder, and better than I could ever have imagined. Let’s see if I still know how to spell masterpiece

A Storm Is Coming starts the album off in a suitably ominous fashion, and is followed shortly by Gotham’s Reckoning, a track dominated by driving percussion, dissonant strings, and chanting choir – Bane’s theme, I’m guessing, and a memorable one at that. The Fire Rises is an explosive action queue with a heavy layer of electronica toward the end, hearkening back to Zimmer’s work on InceptionWhy Do We Fall? is purely stunning, a magnificent crescendo of strings and drums that culminates in a stirring rendition of the Batman theme. Then there’s Imagine the Fire, which is so dang epic it defies description. It is, without a doubt, one of the best pieces of action music I’ve ever heard. Ever. The seven-minute Rise ends the score on a heroic, but undeniably tragic note. Feel free to let your imagination run wild as you consider what that means for the conclusion of Nolan’s film.

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Soundtrack Review: A Game of Shadows

Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows
(Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Composer: Hans Zimmer
Running Time: 57 min.
Released: 2011

 

 

In 2009, Hans Zimmer blew listeners away with his musical contribution to Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes. Fresh, exciting, and genuinely inventive, it remains one of his best scores to date. Now, two years later, Ritchie has released a sequel, and it should come as no surprise that Zimmer has written the music for it. What does come as a surprise is the quality of that music: not only does it match the brilliant innovation of the first score, it exceeds it. But of course, this is Hans Zimmer we’re talking about – one of the greatest film composers of all time. It seems that, like a fine wine, he keeps getting better with age.

Matching the style of the film, Zimmer’s score is by turns subtle, mysterious, thrilling, and even humorous. I See Everything opens the album on an eerie note, and is followed shortly by the grand and exciting Tick Tock. Smile-inducing comedy features prominently in It’s So Overt It’s Covert and the aggressively playful Romanian Wind. The tone of the score changes suddenly with To The Opera!, a magnificent piece marked by a stunning array of strings, brass, percussion, and operatic vocals. The relentless pace of The Red Book makes it a ridiculously fun cue to listen to, while The End? treats the listener to a fabulous reworking of the iconic Sherlock theme established by Zimmer in the first score.

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