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Hidalgo
(2004)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Co-Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Co-Conducted by:
Mike Nowak

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jeff Atmajian
Brad Dechter
Jon Kull

Co-Produced by:
Jim Weidman
James T. Hill
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Hollywood Records
(March 2nd, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you appreciate all the variations of predictable high desert adventure music with Western themes and occasional interludes of ethnic beauty.

Avoid it... if you sometimes enjoy James Newton Howard's adventure music upon a casual listen but often find his work for this genre to be functionally anonymous in its character.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #312
WRITTEN 3/11/04, REVISED 4/8/09
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Hidalgo: (James Newton Howard) With a winter and early spring season of 2004 dominated at every moment by Mel Gibson's controversial The Passion of the Christ, the horse-racing adventure film Hidalgo was another attempt by Hollywood to unseat the religious juggernaut from its immensely popular position atop the box office. While the production's advertising hailed Hidalgo as being based on a true story, there is debate and speculation about how truthful the memoirs of rider Frank T. Hopkins really were, and many critics have agreed that the film is a bit preposterous and, predictably, a tad racist. The story involves the centuries-old 3,000 mile survival race across the Arabian Desert and the first American invited to compete in that race in 1890. The American rider (played by the recently crowned Viggo Mortensen of The Lord of the Rings) fulfills the storybook ending despite attacks from Arabian competitors and spectacular natural obstacles. A supporting role for bouncer-punching Omar Sharif is a nice connection to an era long past. It's the perfect kind of eye candy project for film score enthusiasts, allowing the composer to unleash an Indiana Jones style of old fashioned adventure with a large orchestral ensemble. James Newton Howard was no stranger to adventure in 2004, becoming a regular composer for other fast-paced, relatively innocent films, including Disney's recent animated tales. His output for these films was very consistent, even through the previous year's Peter Pan, and yet criticism had rightfully arisen about Howard's inability to kick his scores from that three and four-star level up to full-fledged classics for the cinema. A safe choice for any project, Howard continued to write strong scores that service their films well, but his music teased film score enthusiasts who awaited the composer's evolution into one of the top few artists in the industry (a move that would come just two years later). In ways very similar to Peter Pan and half a dozen other Howard works, Hidalgo is a very good, rousing score, but it stops just short of having a truly memorable personality. Howard impressively incorporates instrumentation and vocals appropriate to the Arabian region, however, and he combines these flavors with a traditional Western orchestra that romps with spirit throughout the score. The music may very well be remembered, though, with the same mixed appreciation that the film has garnered from critics and viewers.



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Brass Section (Hollywood Studio Symphony)
N.R.Q. - April 28, 2007, at 5:29 p.m.
1 comment  (2017 views)
A Bit Disappointed
Tom - December 9, 2005, at 8:19 a.m.
1 comment  (2384 views)
Howard's Hidalgo
JMG - August 12, 2005, at 11:52 a.m.
1 comment  (2501 views)
Poorly rendered musical development for a controversial idea
Julio Gomez - April 7, 2005, at 7:21 a.m.
1 comment  (1897 views)
Super
Lucifer - December 5, 2004, at 9:35 a.m.
1 comment  (1769 views)
So full of promise, but more full of wind.
dagwill - August 14, 2004, at 4:08 a.m.
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Total Time: 45:38
• 1. Main Title (3:14)
• 2. Don't Waste Our Money (2:08)
• 3. Arriving in the Desert (2:54)
• 4. Morning of the Race (2:53)
• 5. The Race Begins (2:08)
• 6. The Second Half (2:23)
• 7. Sandstorm (1:53)
• 8. Frank Pushes On (1:54)
• 9. Katib (2:18)
• 10. Montage (6:52)
• 11. The Trap (3:17)
• 12. The Last Push (3:08)
• 13. The Final Three (5:16)
• 14. Let 'er Buck (4:53)

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