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Comments about the soundtrack for The Da Vinci Code (Hans Zimmer)

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Surprisingly good
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• Posted by: Sheridan   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2006, at 5:34 a.m.
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I think is surprisingly good,which is mainly because it does not only features the usual composing techniques used by Zimmer in most of his socres (synthetised music with lot of percussion - see Rock,accompanied by Harry-Gregson Williams or Nick Glennie-Smith,or ultimately - both),but here he uses different composing patterns as well.And for that,everyone - Zimmeriads and Non-Zimmeriads might be grateful.Zimmer use women choir with great effect - I suppose in order to illustrate sacred femininity,and furthermore,he write and use a surprisingly high number of Latin lyrics which are truly necessary to illustrate the religious background of the film.The album features nice string play,excellent choir work and some action,thriller and mysterious music that is,in my opinion,even better than usual.As I have said before,there are less percussion,and more choir work,although there are some real some really enjoyable music parts where choir,percussion,synths and symphonic music are present at the same time with great effect:check this out in L' Esprit Des Gabriel and at The Citrine Cross.There are cues with complex orchestartions such as Daniel' s 9th Cipher, Poisoned Chalice and Rose Of Arimathea.There are extremely good string play in the album.There are some scary and real good action music at the end of Fructus Gravis.There is also a good scary music at the end of The Paschal Spiral.There is letdown in the album,called Beneath Alrischa,which is made up of little irritating violin noises.Che Valiers De Sangreal,in my opinion,is the best cue that is ever written by Zimmer,features choir,excellent string play and symphonic music,and even cymbal crashes,and extremely good percussion sections.Kyrie For The Magdalene is a nice Latin Catholic Church music sample.I think that soundtrack is the best of Zimmer' s career so far,and I hope he will given assigments to write musical underscore for more serious films than just simple action films.
And finally,because some of the track titles are in Latin,an I was learning Latin,I think that I should translate some cues which I can:
L' Esprit Des Gabriel - The Spirit Of Gabriel
Fructus Gravis - The Fruit Of Pain
Che Valiers De Sangreal - The Truth About The Bloodline
Kyrie For The Magdalene - Mercy For The Magdalene

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