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Hero (Music From the Original Soundtrack) Soundtrack


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Tan Dun straddles the very different worlds of concert music and film scores, winning admirers in both. He's perhaps best known for his score to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which shares with Hero a visual poetry that transcends the sword-filled action film genre. In Crouching Tiger, Tan Dun's music was often striking. In Hero he often lapses into repetition and cliché, a failing compensated for by several appealing cues. The Overture, for example, begins with the mournful wail of ancient Chinese instruments set against pounding drums, a promising start that evokes ancient China and the struggles to come. There's a mournful soprano vocalise in "Gone With the Leaves," and the "Warriors" cue recalls Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky. The plucking of the ancient Chinese lute in "In the Chess Court" evokes a timeless, peaceful mood, contrasting with the thrilling kodo drummers showcased in "Swift Sword." Itzhak Perlman gets cover billing for violin solos any competent studio fiddler could have handled. Tan Dun's admirers will want this, and audiophiles will love those kodo drummers. --Dan Davis

1. Hero: Overture
2. For the World - Theme Music
3. Warriors
4. Gone with Leaves
5. Longing
6. At Emperor's Palace
7. In the Chess Court
8. Love in Distance
9. Spirit Fight
10. Swift Sword
11. Farewell, Hero
12. Sorrow in Desert
13. Home
14. Above Water
15. Snow
16. Yearning for the Peace

Product Details

  • Performer: Itzhak Perlman
  • Conductor: Tan Dun
  • Composer: Tan Dun
  • Audio CD (August 24, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony Classical / Sony Music Soundtrax
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • ASIN: B0002S945W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,779 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By JCS on September 17, 2004
Format: Audio CD
While "Hero" has ghostly tendrils of familiarity to Tan Dun's prior work, I believe this soundtrack is unique, stunning and a wonderful auditory companion to the striking visual imagery left in the minds of the cinematic eye.
Prior to becoming an owner of this particular soundtrack, I did my research on the internet, as the international import soundtrack had been released in Asia 2 years prior. One of the largest complaints from most reviewers was the startling similarity to the renowned score of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon". What most people fail to notice with most soundtrack composers is that with each composer, there is a signature "je ne sais crois" in each separate film score that is composed. To the well-listened ear, the works of Hans Zimmer and John Williams (to name a few) can easily be picked up by their unique melodic estuaries or powerfully moving symphonic tidal movements.
One must also remember that Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, is Asia's most prominent international export, and one of the first to be globally recognized. Tan Dun's "Hero" already suffers a bias in that to most, the different nuances in cultural music is overshadowed by it's lone representation of the asian soundtrack music genre. The instrumental work of Itzhak Perlman is, as always, a world class musician's touch to an exotic canvas. The use of traditional drumming and oriental instrumentation in combination with symphonic vocals is absolutely breath taking.
While these opinions are mine alone, I urge you to approach this soundtrack with open senses and soak up the sounds of silk flowing in the wind, or sword play dancing in the rain.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Niall McCarten on January 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This soundtrack stands alone as a music CD. You don't need to see the movie which is a work of art itself to appreciate the music. Having seen the movies several times the CD brings back the imaging instantly partiucularly pieces like track 4 "Gone with the leaves" which is the the Golden Forest scene in the movie.

If you liked Tan Dun's soundtrack for Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon I would be surprised if you don't like this equally if not more. The sensations you get from Itzhak Perlman's violin surprise me everytime I listen and amazingly they are even more inspiring than Yo-Yo Ma's cello in CTHD. The two soundtracks share common musical themes but after a few listens to each the differences are great and appreciable.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. N. Mendivel on May 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
A kalediscopic medley of gorgeous sounds mixed with soothing waves of ancient music. This album tells a story of bravery, honor and pure emotion. This is one of those CD's that make you feel good and want to conquer whatever is ahead with confidence and light. Powerful, gorgeous and forever. Hero is a rare gem that will be treasured for centuries to come. You will become submerged in the gracious masterpiece and be amazed that people have the ability to create something so magnificent. Treat yourself and everyone you know to this rich blessing.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By pb109 on September 5, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Tan Dun is wonderful !

If you love Crouching Tiger soundtrack you will love this - in fact one song on this CD has the exact drum beat as one from CTHD. It is a little on the short side but a fitting score to an aewsome movie.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Walker on February 24, 2006
Format: Audio CD
When I want to reconnect with my inner self and take a "time out" from my rat race life, I play either this CD or the sound track from "The Last Samurai". The theme from this CD stays in your head all day. If you like soundtracks, asian style muusic, classical music, and beauty, this CD has it all. I sometimes end up watching the movie again later in the week. I collect movie soundtracks and this is in my top ten.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
After seeing Hero, one of the (many) things that stuck with me was the evocative soundtrack. It set a perfect backdrop to the artistry and beauty of the story.

After purchasing the soundtrack, I was reminded of many of the scenes I enjoy, especially the tracks for the fight in the chess house ("In the Chess Court"), and in the yellow wood ("Gone with Leaves"). "Longing" is one of the most hauntingly serene pieces of film music I have heard.

This is not, obviously, a CD to listen to while you do step aerobics.

The theme is repeated and varied often, evoking the way the film's story is repeated from different perspectives, but those with short attention spans may perceive it as merely repetitive.

Beyond its association with the film, this soundtrack is an incredibly calming work of art. To be enjoyed with a good cup of hot tea.

5 stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hesper23 on December 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This soundtrack will appeal to people who love the movie Hero, or who is interested in traditional chinese music mixed with classical western sounds. One or two themes are picked up and reworked for other songs, so what you get from listening is a layering effect of repetition and reinterpretation. If you want a CD that has many different songs, then maybe this isn't for you. Personally, I think the soundtrack is gorgeous. Hearing a song like "Hero Overture" brings me back instantly to the world of the movie.

Tan Dun also wrote the score to *Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon*, so it's interesting to compare the two soundtracks. Personally, I think the main tune in the Hero OST is more beautiful, but the variations upon themes in *Crouching Tiger*, more interesting.
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