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Henri 4
(2010)
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Composed and Produced by:

Additional Music by:
Hans Zimmer

Conducted by:
Gavin Greenaway

Orchestrated by:
Stephen Coleman

Traditional Arrangements by:
Jordi Savall
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Classical (Europe)
(March 16th, 2010)
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Regular commercial release in Europe, available in America as an import.
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Buy it... if you seek five minutes of music that reprises "CheValiers de Sangreal" from The Da Vinci Code and little more of substantive value.

Avoid it... if you mistakenly believe that Hans Zimmer actually wrote most of this underachieving, uncoordinated, and generic period score simply because his name is misleadingly listed first on the album's packaging.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,710
WRITTEN 7/6/11
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Henri 4: (Henry Jackman/Hans Zimmer) When in doubt, add more explosive sex scenes. That was seemingly the directive of choice for Jo Baier's biographical movie about France's Henry of Navarre. The script for Henri 4 was based upon two novels about the French king's years preceding the throne, including the bloody warfare between Catholics and Protestants that was so fierce that it even invaded his own wedding. Plenty of religious killings throughout the film are balanced by interludes of tense court gamesmanship and a multitude of raunchy sex scenes with plenty of nudity to keep the room entertained. Since Henri 4 was initially conceived as a two-part television picture, its bloated length caused trouble for many critics, most of whom predicted the doom that the movie did indeed experience. Although it was financed by several European nations, its only wide release came in Germany in early 2010, after which it breezed in and out of arthouse theatres around the world during the following year. To compensate for its adequate but underwhelming prowess in the technical departments, Henri 4 needed a score of significant oomph to propel the future king through treacherous circumstances to fulfill his destiny. Who better to turn to than Hans Zimmer for such a topic from German hands? Well, actually, when you hire Zimmer for your less-than-mainstream projects these days, you actually will be sent one of his many Remote Control minions, and you might get a theme from the overlord of that studio if you're lucky. Such was seemingly the case with Henri 4, which ultimately received a score from regular Zimmer associate Henry Jackman but apparently contained enough bars of music from Zimmer to allow the advertising and merchandising for the product to use the more famous name more prominently. What few international reviews exist for Henri 4 do mention the music, but they typically describe it as overbearing or simplistic. Not surprisingly, they're referring to a generic Remote Control score that does little than toil in the background for much of its length and only occasionally burst forth with standard ominous string figures and brooding, melodramatic bass-dwelling tonality for scenes of amplified glory. There is speculation that Zimmer didn't actually write, arrange, and recording anything himself for Henri 4, though the opening and closing cues would suggest that he at least stopped by briefly enough to throw a bone to fans of The Da Vinci Code. Unfortunately, the remainder by Jackman completely loses any sense of narrative development, handling each scene with various tones appropriate to the 16th Century but sometimes inserting bland synthetic filler for no good reason other than cost and time.



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Does this mean a Gulliver's Travels review is forthcoming?
Edmund Meinerts - August 27, 2011, at 10:28 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 61:02
• 1. A Destiny Revealed (3:46)
• 2. The Huguenots (5:36)
• 3. Belle Qui Tiens Ma Vie (traditional) - composed by Thoinot Arbeau (1:11)
• 4. Journey to Paris (1:53)
• 5. The Louvre (5:52)
• 6. Margot de Valois (2:19)
• 7. Bourree D'Avignonez (traditional) - composed by Philidor (1:18)
• 8. The Wedding (2:27)
• 9. The Massacre (1:32)
• 10. Mortal Tristura (traditional) - composed by Anonymous (1:45)
• 11. Henri's Escape (2:15)
• 12. Man if the People (1:09)
• 13. The Edict of Nantes (5:11)
• 14. Te Deum - composed by Jordi Savall (1:34)
• 15. Gabrielle D'Estrees (2:57)
• 16. The Murder of Guise (2:24)
• 17. Freedom Regained (2:08)
• 18. Sarabande & Tambourin (traditional) - composed by Kassel (1:17)
• 19. The King is Dead, Long Live the King (2:36)
• 20. Farewell to a Friend (2:07)
• 21. Rosny's Confession (1:50)
• 22. Requiem Sequentia (traditional) - composed by Christobal De Morales (1:39)
• 23. Let Reason Rule (2:22)
• 24. Marie de Medici (1:10)
• 25. A Prophecy Fulfilled (3:01)

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