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Enemy At The Gates (2001 Film) [Soundtrack]

James HornerAudio CD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 13, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: March 16, 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00005A8H2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,837 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The River Crossing To Stalingrad
2. The Hunter Becomes The Hunted
3. Vassili's Fame Spreads
4. Koulikov
5. The Dream
6. Bitter News
7. The Tractor Factory
8. A Sniper's War
9. Sacha's Risk
10. Betrayal
11. Danilov's Confession
12. Tania

Editorial Reviews

For many an armchair history buff, the Allied invasion of Europe on D day in 1944 is seen as the decisive European battle of World War II. In reality, the war's turning point may well have been the German army's defeat at Stalingrad in the bitterly cold early months of 1943 after one of history's bloodiest sieges. Director Sergio Leone had planned an epic film version of those events, but he died before he could proceed. A decade later, French director Jean-Jacques Annaud's Enemy at the Gates has brought the saga to the screen in what's said to be the most expensive European production ever mounted. Annaud frames his epic with human dimensions by telling the true tale of dueling German and Soviet snipers, and James Horner's truly epic orchestral and choral soundtrack gives the story its sense of place, both geographically and historically. With nods toward some 20th-century Russian composers, Horner's music is by turns romantic, ominous, and modern, imbuing the drama of Shostakovich and Prokofiev with his own masterful sense of color and tension. He is still best known to general audiences for his hugely successful work on Titanic, but the sheer sweep and power of this score makes that work seem almost like a student's exercise by comparison. Enemy at the Gates is perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime assignment, and Horner admirably rises to the challenge. --Jerry McCulley

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
Enemy at the Gates, the movie and the soundtrack, hasn't been getting very many good reviews, and I don't understand why because I thought it was a great movie and a great soundtrack. Maybe its just too far above the heads of the juvinile minds of the cretics who want a movie with lots of noise and fake stuff exploding and dumb actors. .. . Well, anwyways on with the review!Horner seems to be a cheap composer in the fact that he copies a lot of his previous works. Believe it or not, and only a true soundtrack fan like myself would notice this, but in the sountrack to Enemy at the Gates, Horner takes a lot from his 1980's Star Trek Two: The Wrath of Kahn. The light background music played a lot during the film is directly from Star Trek Two. However, the Russian choral parts in the battle scenes are totally wonderful. I thought that this was a great movie, and this is great soundtrack.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent cd, but not an ORIGINAL score March 2, 2005
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James Horner's score for Enemy At The Gates is not a bad cd. It has some moments that are dark, and others that are contemplative. His love theme is decent and his chorale pieces are very good and very original. The rest is not. There are parts of this cd that can be interchanged with Horner's scores for the recent Troy or the not so recent Mask of Zorro. When Horner sticks to sounding Russian he does a good job unfortunately he doesn't and like much of his work after Breveheart, his music is recycled. That doesn't mean it's necessarily bad, because it is not. What it does mean is that outside the movie, the listener feels like they've heard the music before and in many cases they have.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite original. June 4, 2001
Format:Audio CD
"Enemy at the Gates" is a competent soundtrack by James Horner. But, haven't you heard its main theme before? Yes, it reminds a lot of John Williams original score for "Schindler's List". One more soundtrack for the list of masquerade ones. What is happening to great "original score" composers?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I really like listening to this soundtrack, which reminds me of the terrific movie. I listen to it while I read the "Enemy at the Gates," book by William Craig. So it is a fun experience. I also have it playing all the time, at home, like background music, which it technically is.
The music has a nice, military and Russian influence, so this really has a cool atmosphere about it.
The only thing that I don't like about this CD is that the music goes from VERY quiet to VERY loud. To listen at a normal volume means that some passages are so quiet that you think there is no music playing for long stretches, (usually the start of most songs). To set you stereo volume to be able to hear the quiet stuff means that you will be jumping for the volume knob, in shock, when the loud passages come in. Most of the CD is at the loud volume, so I put up with not hearing the quiet stuff. It's a bit hard to find a decent, comfortable listening volume, until you get used to expecting this BIG variation in volume.
If you liked the movie, then this CD does a good job of reminding you of the film, and the overall atmosphere and ambience of the tense fighting in Stalingrad scenes. Buy it, if you please, Comrade Commissar!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Horner does it again! It seems like every time another of his scores comes out the great debate begins anew in earnest: Is Horner a masterfull, soulfull composer prone to bring out the emotion in the listener like no other composer, even though he does re-use various parts of his scores over and over again; or is he an overrated, copycat composer, who isn't worth the discs his music is printed on. These are the two sides, and let the debates begin!
I must begin my opinion by stating that I am a BIG Horner fan, and that he is my favorite composer, and I look forward to every new score he comes out with in anticipation. I have almost 50 Horner scores in my growing soundtrack collection, and have heard over 150 scores. This said, I still feel the way I do about Horner and his music. I've said it before on my other reviews here for Horner's scores, so I won't belabor the point again. But I don't think there is another composer out there who can evoke the emotions of a person as much as Horner does. His music just bleeds emotion and heart. Yes, at times it's familier, and at times it's loud, but it is still so powerfull and moving. Whether it's happiness, sadness, a mixture of both, power, granduer, or pain, Horner's got it covered with his music. He may use parts of his music over again, but it's always the good parts. He goes with what works, and often improves on his older theme. That's Horner, and that's why I love his music.
Having said all that, I will now weigh in on "Enemy at the Gates", which I'm sad to say, is not on a whole, a great improvement over some of his more recent scores. I tend to prefer the Horner scores that are bigger on heart, not on sound, and this one is sure big on sound for the majority of the 70+ minutes.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Score's a bullseye! April 29, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Like the film itself, James Horner's soundtrack for "Enemy at the Gates" contains elements of several previous works. I detected segments from other Horner favorites, particularly "Braveheart" and the early "Star Trek" films. That in no way detracts from my enjoyment of this soundtrack. I've seen the film four times already, and I'm convinced the music complements the action perfectly. In fact, Horner's score consistently outshines the screenplay. The film's mood is repeatedly disrupted by banal dialogue, but the powerful and emotional soundtrack successfully maintains the suspense of the sniper duel. Horner's most original composition contains balalaika accompaniment, which conveys needed Russian "feeling" to a film whose characters are played (rather unconvincingly) by Cockney actors. I love the CD. I've played it already a hundred times without tiring of it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Horner is always good if you're looking for some nice soundtracks!
Published 1 month ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Enemy At the Gates CD
I am a James Horner fan, and if you love his music, I bet that you will enjoy this
CD. Music preferences are a matter of individual taste, so if you are not
familiar... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Daniel Rich
5.0 out of 5 stars No glamor, just war
A very realistic portrayal of war. No glamor, just dirt, blood, and suffering at all levels. Throughout this dark setting runs a thread of duty done under the most extreme... Read more
Published 9 months ago by G. P. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Glorious tone colors of variations on theme
The great composer shows his mettle here by scoring multiple variations on one theme. About half martial/choral/percussion mostly in modalities you will like, other half sort of... Read more
Published on June 10, 2012 by Dr. J
4.0 out of 5 stars Russian to the core plus Horner
If I am going to write a review on this if, of course, to add something different to the proceedings. Read more
Published on January 4, 2012 by Laszlo
4.0 out of 5 stars CD
In being a Cd the product was just what I was looking for. Cd case was all in place as well as a non-scratched Cd.
Published on October 7, 2011 by SGA11
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Soundtrack From A Great Movie
James Horner did a great job bringing together all the right elements to compose this soundtrack.

The soundtrack evokes suspense, drama, sorrow and happiness... Read more
Published on December 28, 2010 by Jason Madruga
3.0 out of 5 stars MIX
This is a good soundtrack overall, but if you listen carefully it's a mix of Horner's previous soundtracks of Balto and his new soundtrack of Troy. Read more
Published on April 12, 2007 by Ji H. Chon
2.0 out of 5 stars What a pity.
Yes, what a pity this is nothing more than a recycling of 'Willow', with bits of Titanic thrown in for good measure. Read more
Published on January 10, 2007 by Marco
5.0 out of 5 stars Derivative or not, a good soundtrack
I see many reviews of this soundtrack that bash Horner for copying himself and perhaps others. I'm not familiar with most of Horner's scores, except for "A Beautiful Mind" so I'm... Read more
Published on February 22, 2006 by Mark Sowul
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