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The Might of Rome
on June 7, 2000
I rushed out to order a copy of the Gladiator soundtrack online as soon as I saw the movie. I only regret that they didn't sell this CD at the movie theatre because I would have bought it immediately after watching the movie. The music in this soundtrack is utterly amazing, inspirational and beautiful. As I was listening to it, I could vividly see the images of the movie, floating around my head. "The Battle" and the "Barbarian Horde" scores are exhilarating and very herculean- as much as I really didn't want to relive the bloody battle scene- I could see General Maximus swooping down on his horse to create mayhem in the battle field. Or the beautiful music in "The Wheat" and others such as "Elysium" where I can see Maximus walking in the field of wheat, reminiscing of his home and his family...which is simply soul-wrenching.
Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard work together (composed by and arranged by these two) in this soundtrack to bring a myriad of heart-pumping brass and percussion and ethereal ancient (or old-style) sounding music. The contrasting music of these two work magnificiently in the score, weaving the two types together fluidly into one another... I was most impressed with the four scores (The Wheat, Sorrow, Reunion and Elysium) written and sung by Gerrard, which sets the mood for the movie from the very beginning to the final scene. These scores deeply reflect the sorrow and loss of life and the earning for something one can't have. Her dreamy and woeful voice captures just that. Heitor Pereira on the solo Spanish guitar in "The Battle" adds to the old-style. Zimmer's orchestral and dramatic scores sincerely tell the heart of the movie, which is vastly memorable. "The Might of Rome", which is very reminiscent of the movie, is also one of my favorites.
This 61 minutes of Gladiator soundtrack is heartfelt and majestic, very equal to the epic masterpiece of the movie itself. And very very Oscar worthy.