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Kingdom of Heaven
(2005)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Alastair King

Co-Produced by:
Peter Cobbin

Additional Music by:
Stephen Barton
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Classical
(April 26th, 2005)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you desire an intelligent and respectfully restrained powerhouse of a musical representation of religious history, complete with pensive choral techniques of immense beauty.

Avoid it... if you prefer your Ridley Scott historical epics to feature music with heavy electronic embellishments and obvious, overwrought melodic expressions akin to Hans Zimmer's Gladiator.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #132
WRITTEN 4/22/05, REVISED 9/19/11
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Kingdom of Heaven: (Harry Gregson-Williams) Director Ridley Scott's fascination with the history of the Old World extended from his 2000 classic Gladiator to Kingdom of Heaven in 2005, amidst rumors rampant at the time that indicated the director was interest in tackling a Gladiator sequel that never came to fruition. These vast epics from the times of Rome to the Crusades have earned Scott critical acclaim and popular respect, and for Kingdom of Heaven, the Crusades of the 12th Century are the subject matter. In the starring role, Orlando Bloom plays Balian of Ibelin, a young blacksmith in Jerusalem who rises through the ranks from a common man to a knight and beyond in the process of protecting his people from foreign Muslim invaders. Striking cinematography and an immense siege scene at the climax of the film save the production from the sometimes overwrought melodramatic sequences of dialogue. With a solid cast and many of the same stylistic portrayals of violence seen in Gladiator, Scott's Kingdom of Heaven was originally set to maintain the same level of continuity in its film score. Long-time Scott collaborator Hans Zimmer was reportedly signed to score Kingdom of Heaven, but he conveniently switched jobs with his protege Harry Gregson-Williams upon his own recommendation. With Gregson-Williams then assigned to Kingdom of Heaven, Zimmer took his place on the animated children's film Madagascar (not exactly a fair trade in terms of quality). It's natural to compare Gregson-Williams' style in Kingdom of Heaven to what Zimmer provided in his wildly popular Gladiator score, and while there are several similarities in the underlying methodology of the two composers, Gregson-Williams seems more interested in creating and sustaining a much more consistent underscore while avoiding the outwardly obvious thematic outbursts and new-age influences of the iconic predecessor. The 2000 score was already the topic of valid claims of plagiarism by this point, and Gregson-Williams had proven his talents in several large-scale efforts. Along with the topic of the Crusades comes a more ethereal, adagio-styled score for immensely choral Latin singing in Kingdom of Heaven, as well as a far less imposing role for electronic elements.

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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 62:12
• 1. Burning the Past (2:48)
• 2. Crusaders (1:41)
• 3. Swordplay (2:01)
• 4. A New World (4:21)
• 5. To Jerusalem (1:38)
• 6. Sibylla (1:49)
• 7. Ibelin (2:05)
• 8. Rise a Knight (2:43)
• 9. The King (5:45)
• 10. The Battle of Kerak (5:36)
• 11. Terms (4:29)
• 12. Better Man (3:29)
• 13. Coronation (3:03)
• 14. An Understanding (4:13)
• 15. Wall Breached (3:43)
• 16. The Pilgrim Road (4:07)
• 17. Saladin (4:44)
• 18. Path to Heaven (1:38)
• 19. Light of Life (Ibelin Reprise) - performed by Natacha Atlas (2:10)

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