James Horner; how can a white man make music of such rich Flamenco flavor? Horner is a person who can write anything from anywhere around the world.
James has not only expanded his score to The Mask of Zorro; he has done so with great style and plenty of fun cues; like the one where the strings play five high notes on move onto a chromatic scale down as one of the people stealing the votes got nailed in the balls and fell over into the water.
Another great thing is how he combined love themes and action themes together as one. The Train is one heck of a ride as Horner builds up his momentum until 6:44, then lets loose with a high paced string fury, followed by the trumpets; then he softly goes into the love theme with care; by 7:50 it builds up again; and the train is speeding down the track again at 8:00, then goes into a moment where the kid is abandonded in the middle of no-where. Then it builds again as the kid takes the horse and races to save his parents. This song does not let up for the entire 11:11.
Now at 10:00, it sounds like a Star Wars piece Horner stole from Williams; but I bet you it was a special request by Steven Spieldsburg, the executive producer.
Horner deserves 5 out of 5 stars for his balance of the two love themes with the many action themes. The trumpet is a great tool for the music, the strings are a great tool for breath taking moments, on "Statehood Proclaimed, 1:21 has a beautiful guitar solo, letting us breathe; it represents the love connected between Zorro and his wife after a close break up.
Horner scores big on this one, and I am really looking forward to see how he will score for the Apocolyto movie involving the Aztecs (If I spelled that right, lol).