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Kingdom of Heaven Soundtrack

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listen  1. Burning The PastHarry Gregson-Williams 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. CrusadersHarry Gregson-Williams 1:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. SwordplayHarry Gregson-Williams 2:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. A New WorldHarry Gregson-Williams 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. To JerusalemHarry Gregson-Williams 1:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. SibyllaHarry Gregson-Williams 1:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. IbelinHarry Gregson-Williams 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Rise A KnightHarry Gregson-Williams 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. The KingHarry Gregson-Williams 5:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. The Battle Of KerakHarry Gregson-Williams 5:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. TermsHarry Gregson-Williams 4:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Better ManHarry Gregson-Williams 3:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. CoronationHarry Gregson-Williams 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. An UnderstandingHarry Gregson-Williams 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Wall BreachedHarry Gregson-Williams 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. The Pilgrim RoadHarry Gregson-Williams 4:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. SaladinHarry Gregson-Williams 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Path To HeavenHarry Gregson-Williams 1:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Light Of Life (Ibelin Reprise)Natacha Atlas;Harry Gregson-Williams 2:10$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Composer: Harry Gregson-Williams
  • Audio CD (April 26, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • ASIN: B00080EUN0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,198 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Filmmaker Ridley Scott has long been intrigued by historical events and their contemporary echoes, a fascination that evinces itself again here in the violent tale of Balian of Ibelin (Orlando Bloom), a Jerusalem blacksmith who rallies his people against foreign invaders during the Crusades of the 12th century. Breaking with a successful modern collaboration with Hans Zimmer that yielded such eclectic riches as Gladiator, Hannibal, Black Hawk Down, and Matchstick Men, Scott turned here to fellow Englishman/former Zimmer associate Harry Gregson-Williams for his new film's music. The composer, perhaps weary of the electronica-suffused action film cliches he's so often been associated with, rises admirably to the occasion with a sweeping orchestral score that masterfully trades on a wealth of disparate historical and stylistic influences. Gregson-Williams echoes the film's religious and cultural conflicts via the tense musical axis at the soundtrack's core, one that sets the invading Church's medieval choral ecclesiastics on a collision course with the ancient Arabic modalities of the film's hero. The resulting score may occasionally trade on hoary Hollywood romantic traditions, but the composer infuses them with such bracing doses of historical/ethnic antecedents—and his own decidedly contemporary instincts—as to create a compelling new whole. Even the obligatory, pop-oriented version of Ibellin's Theme ("Light of Life") by Natacha Atlas shimmers with Middle Eastern-inflected enticement. --Jerry McCulley

Customer Reviews

It's beautiful, exciting, passionate, amazing music.
S. Mcferren
Either way, Harry Gregson-Williams' score for the film is far superior to the music from Gladiator, and is the rising composer's best work to date.
I definitely recommend this CD to anyone who enjoyed the movie, for this soundtrack is just as enjoyable.
M. Downey

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By W. Noshie on June 20, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I am into Rock and Jazz music and not a classic listener at all.
Kingdom of Heaven is a different story with different sounds. Living in the Middle East,
The music in this CD was born from the greatest movie I have ever seen.
The sound is a blend of Classical and little Arabic which could not fit any better in the Region I am living in.
Jerusalem, Beirut, Tripoli, the land of the Crusades and the Arabs. The music of this album is the perfect atmosphere this region creates.
Watch the Movie; (The Director's Cut) then choose a relaxing day; put this CD in your CD player and enjoy.
A 5 star CD. A 5 star Movie
I have later bought The Music of "Alexander" and the music of "The 13th Warrior", that is After reading many reviews on Amazon about them as well;
After listening all these CD's; They are good music to buy but.... my personal opinion: Nothing Comes close to the music of "Kingdom of Heaven"

1 Great soundtrack recommendation : The thin red line.
Just Added Recently: I have just heard a new album that could be nicely compared to Kingdom of Heavens, titled: "An Ancient Muse" by Loreena McKennitt. This one is another great CD.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 15, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Kingdom of Heaven has a fantastically understated score that is completely enjoyable. Harry Gregson-Williams has crafted perhaps his best score for the Ridley Scott epic. Although I am a huge fan of Gladiator, Scott's choice of Gregson-Williams seems inspired after listening to the finished score. He combines light European choirs with traditional Middle Eastern music, powerful and ethereal at the same time. What makes a score great, is the ability of the composer to musically relate to the characters of the movie and become not necessarily a separate element, but a part of the whole. If the score says just as much as the characters than it is successful and Harry Gregson-Williams' Kingdom of Heaven score is a real character in this epic film.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Arizona Score Reviewer on May 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
First off, I'd like to explain the title. Harry Gregsom-Williams already proved himself to be quite the composer with Shrek and Shrek 2. However, they are Shrek and Shrek 2. Not exactly the most respected genre of scores. So to pull off such a dramatic piece as Kingdom of Heaven should really propel him, especially with his role in the Chronicles of Narnia movie(s).

Now to the actual score. It was a real pleasure to listen to as it contains a wide variety of music. You have a "Heavenly" choir whose involved in basically half the score. Then you've got a mix of both contemporary scored music (John Williams, Hans Zimmer, etc.) and Arabian wood music. Williams was also thee producer of the album along with Peter Cobbin, and they made sure that we got enough of both types of music to be satsisfied, but not too much as we would get tired of it.

There is no particular style that you would be reminded of while listening to Kindom of Heaven, but a large mixture of them. Certainly the most influential style to this score would be Hans Zimmer (who was originally picked by Ridley Scott, who worked with Zimmer on Gladiator). But there is also some pieces that might remind people of Carter Burwell's "Alamo." Williams and Shore types could also be heard here.

A guide to these great tracks:

1. Burning the Past--Well people with experience with scores know how the first track always sounds. Afterall, they need to put a slow paced score in order to fit well witht he credits and title. However, this is one of the best opening scores I've ever heard. It's got a very heaven;y feel to it as the chorus sings like mourners. Sometimes I get the chills listening to it. Very unique instrument use, too. Don't know what it is exactly.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By G M. Stathis on May 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Music for Ridley Scott's films seems always to have some element of controversy. His latest, a very good, and accurate treatment of the Crusades, "Kingdom of Heaven," is not completely immune from this. First and above all Harry Gregson-Williams has done a wonderful musical score for this film. Avoiding cliches, but interweaving interesting Middle Eastern motifs, this is a score that enriches the portrait of another age and a new world. The soundtrack album is representative of this achievement and works well on its own (a capable production by Sony). Still, this writer was stunned when, during a highlight scene, music by Jerry Goldsmith from "13th Warrior" emerged. Granted it is fine music, and it worked very well in this scene, but usually in the past Goldsmith suffered the indignity of having his music cut or replaced in several of Scott's film subjects. This puts a bit of a cloud over Harry Gregson-Williams' efforts here, and that is really too bad because he produced a very good score that will not disappoint.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Annaleise Ferreira on November 21, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I've reviewed this album once already, but when I did I'd just bought it and hadn't really listened to it all the way through. Reading over it now I realize there's lots I could have said but didn't because I was upset that Vide Cor Meum hadn't been included. Now I accept that the soundtrack only has pieces that were composed for the film by Gregson-Williams, and that makes sense. So while I'm still annoyed that certain key pieces weren't included, I understand why. So I'd like to review it based on its own merits, not what else I thought should have been there.

The first track, "Burning The Past", is one of my favorites. It's slow, pretty and solemn and sets the tone for the rest of the album very well. It's also easy to sing along with.

"Crusaders" is a lovely vocal piece that is heard several times in the movie, and is more the kind of "epic action music" you like to hear in these kinds of films, but definitely doesn't have a generic feel to it. It's the kind of thing you can listen to outside of the context of the movie.

"A New World" and "To Jerusalem" are some beautiful instrumentals, one slow and one with a catchy beat. They have an obviously modern sound but don't feel out of place in an ancient setting.

"Ibelin" is a happy, busy tune that sort of makes you want to dance or some other strenuous activity. It's fun.

"Sibylla" is really more about Ibelin than Sibylla, but is very soft and beautiful and can work for both.

"The King" is my favorite from the album. It sometimes plays over battle scenes but it's mostly King Baldwin's personal theme and marks his presence in the movie quite well. It's simple but beautiful and effective like a good motif should be.
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