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Hidalgo [Soundtrack]

James Newton Howard Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Main Title (Score) 3:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Don't Waste Our Money (Score) 2:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Arriving In The Desert (Score) 2:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Morning Of The Race (Score) 2:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The Race Begins (Score) 2:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Second Half (Score) 2:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Sandstorm (Score) 1:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Frank Pushes On (Score) 1:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Katib (Score) 2:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Montage (Score) 6:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. The Trap (Score) 3:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. The Last Push (Score) 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. The Final Three (Score) 5:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Let 'Er Buck (Score) 4:54$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Composer: James Newton Howard
  • Audio CD (March 2, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • ASIN: B0001GF29M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,099 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Director Joe Johnston's tale of a half-Indian Pony Express rider (Vigo Mortenson) and the horse (the titular Hidalgo) he enters in a grueling race across the punishing Saudi desert is an energetic throwback to the adventurous swashbucklers of a bygone era. James Newton Howard's rousing orchestral score echoes those sentiments perfectly, evoking musical moods that are variously American and Arabian--and, in its best moments, a skillful fusion of both. "Main Title" and "Don't Waste Our Money" hearken back to the dynamic, driving rhythms of Copland and Elmer Bernstein to conjure an American western classicism that ranges from the pastoral to the epic in its sweep. If Howard's Arabian motifs are initially somewhat of a caricature, once established they gracefully shift into evocative passages of impressive dynamic and emotional range. There's the obligatory action film thunder, of course, but those cliches mostly take a welcome backseat to the haunting, worldbeat allure of "Montage" and the triumphant, melodic warmth of "The Final Three" and "Let 'Er Buck." --Jerry McCulley

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
James Newton Howard has risen over the past five years to become one of finest composers of movie music. With scores such as "Wyatt Earp," "Unbreakable," "Signs," and "Peter Pan," he's shown a very creative approach to film music that is superior to most of the young composers today who rely on boring rhythms and electronic laziness to the point that they are all starting to sound alike. In addition to his creativity, Howard also has a lyrical gift that sounds similar to the master of the lyrical soundtrack, John Barry.
"Hidalgo" is one of Howard's best scores yet. The film offers a challenge for any composer: combine American Western-themed music with Middle Eastern influences, and a dash of Native American rhythms. That's a tough assignment for any composer, but Howard dazzles with his brilliant weave of different cultures. Jerry Goldsmith faced a similar challenge on his knock-out score to "The Wind and the Lion" in 1975, and if James Newton Howard doesn't quite attain the heights of that classic score, he nonetheless gives us an excellent work that sweeps the listener away into the romance of the Arabian deserts, the thrill of horses pounding through the sand, and the wide-open sounds of the American west. This CD captures the music in a wonderful package that will thrill fans of film music and anyone who enjoyed the film.
Native American tinged melodies open the score in "Main Title," and then the Hidalgo theme is introduced, a piece of pure Americana that owes quite a bit to legendary composer Aaron Copeland. The sprightly music of the next track, "Don't Waste Our Money" is also a pure slice of the Old West.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable September 1, 2004
By Erin
Format:Audio CD
I really feel that this sountrack is quite enjoyable. There are a few composers out there that consistantly can put out scores that not only suit the movie it is written for, but then can have it stand on it's own merits. I think this gentleman can join them. This soundtrack was refreshing, yet at the same time, reminiscient of great movie music from a past era.

I was greatly suprised to read several of the other reviews. Actually, kind of flabbergasted. Many of my favorite composers have been repeating themselves in their scores, of late. I have been having no reason to pay attention to the soundtracks while watching a movie they have written for, since, I have heard it all before. This is a new voice, yet of the same wonderful quality! I didn't have to be reminded of a totally different movie while a passage played, as it had been used before, in some other movie. While watching Hidalgo, my ears perked up and I began looking forward to purchasing the soundtrack afterwards so that I might listen to it in more depth. I haven't been dissappointed. In this soundtrack at least. The other reviews, related, are another story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hidalgo June 5, 2008
Format:Audio CD
If you loved the movie,you will love the soundtrack,the music takes you to most scenes in the movie and you can remember all that is happening,gives you the adventure all over again.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars East meets West for musical splendor! March 7, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I really enjoyed the music in the Hidalgo trailer and website, so I preordered this cd and receieved it a day before that I saw Hidalgo on opening night. I listened to it four times in a row before I saw the movie, which really helped me get into the mood. At first, I didn't like it that much and there didn't appear to be a central theme that seems to be a staple of so many of the great soundtracks of our time. Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson always knew that Howard Shore had the score done correctly when PJ found himself humming bits of it. After a few listens, it turned out that the cd is indeed hummable! It hasn't left my cd player since I received it four days ago.
It's rare that one can find the sweep of Western adventure music side by side with melodious exotic tunes. The music really transports you to a different time and place. Even if you haven't seen the movie, the music can paint the action in your mind. If you have already watched it, then it helps to perfectly recreate the actions and feeling of Frank and his horse Hidalgo as they traverse the sands together. The score starts out in the Wild West and seemlessly flows into the 3,000 mile race across the Arabian desert and finally comes full circle again by the end of the cd. My only complaint is that it may take a few listens in order to truly get into it.
Kudos to James Howard for a job well done!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars has a value of it's own June 20, 2004
By B.P.
Format:Audio CD
Saw the movie and liked it, bought the soundtrack and like it just as well. Simple as that, nothing too hard to figure out there. I do agree with other reviewers that the score is not extremely memorable in the sense that it doesn't get stuck in your head easily, but yet I can tell you that it has a special place. There are times when I have come to crave the supple, heroic, meditative, and engaging sounds of this soundtrack. Flows magically well with a creative mind at work, very reflective, but still very activating, daring and dashing.
There isn't a single track that I hugely disapprove of. I enjoy Arriving In The Dessert, track number three for it's steady progressive movements that create an explorative sense of new wonder. That sums up the entire soundtrack to a degree. I also particularly enjoy Montage, track number ten for it's haunty emotion presented in a mix of Arabian vocal, traditional instruments and strings. The following track, number eleven, The Trap comes alive with playful excitement, then we come back again to the reflective tension in number twelve: The Last Push. For the individual cultural differences the songs are arranged extremely well. I love how the soundtrack returns to the opening theme in the final track. It puts a grand, finishing touch on the musical journey, making it come out ahead of the crowd.
In my opinion it is a masterful combination of strings, woods, brass & percussion, timeless and exotic, a classic adventure piece slightly reminiscent of Indiana Jones. No matter how close you evaluate it, the Hidalgo film score is still distinguishably different. It is a note worthy soundtrack that can rate up there with the best, even though it's bound to easily get overlooked and pushed aside regardless. If you've enjoyed the film and do enjoy collection film scores, than this CD is one to have.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie and music
The movie is one our all time favorites, and the music is excellent. We really enjoy listening while we travel
Published 5 months ago by jan bailes
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor mp3 rip for an outstanding score
I give the overall quality of this rip 2 stars and was leaning towards 3 but the skip occurs one to many times. My rating of the music itself is a 5. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jyde
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Choice
Recently, we watched the movie and my wife loved the music. When I looked up "Hidalgo" on Amazon, I had two choices -- buy a CD for $40 or download an MP3 version for... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jim in San Jose
5.0 out of 5 stars Music That Makes You Think
This CD has all the components for great music, that makes you relive the adventure. The opening is the soft music that indicates the race is going at a slow pace. Read more
Published on April 26, 2012 by April Washington
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice soundtrack for an underappreciated movie
James Newton Howard's score is a dramatic music accompaniment to a good film that critics and the general public didn't take to, for the most part. Read more
Published on August 8, 2010 by New England Pat
4.0 out of 5 stars Energetic and Inspiring!
This soundtrack, while not James Newton Howard's best soundtrack, has a charm about it that not many other soundtracks posses. Read more
Published on March 11, 2005 by Media Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Howard adds to his great score resume with another winner!
James Newton Howard, composer of the scores to films like Treasure Planet, Peter Pan, Atlantis, Dinosaur and of course The Fugitive wins again with the score to Hidalgo. Read more
Published on February 15, 2005 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Composed and Fitting
I quite enjoy this soundtrack and do believe that it is one of the best fitting scores that ties to its movie. From the opening, the sense of the movie is captured. Read more
Published on December 30, 2004 by Mrs. Hamilton
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best, but still good
James Newton Howard, to me, breaks down into three categories: Action, Children, and M. Night Shyamalan. Read more
Published on April 29, 2004 by William Smith
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