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Sherlock Holmes
(2009)
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Co-Composed and Co-Produced by:
Hans Zimmer
Lorne Balfe

Conducted by:
Gavin Greenaway

Orchestrated by:
Bruce Fowler

Featured Solos by:
Atli Orvarsson
Tina Guo
Diego Stocco
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Watertower Music
(January 12th, 2010)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. release. A digital download version of the album debuted several weeks earlier. Those who purchased the CD were given a link from which they could download the score in 5.1 surround sound.
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AWARDS
Nominated for an Academy Award and a Grammy Award.
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Buy it... if, despite some late action material that resurrects The Peacemaker, you seek Hans Zimmer at his most humorous and instrumentally creative, inspiring a much fuller expansion of the quirky character in his 2000 score for An Everlasting Piece.

Avoid it... if somewhere between an Irish pub, a gypsy folk band, and a Romanian orchestra exists your worst nightmare, because the off-kilter movement of Zimmer's themes and unconventional solo performances may reside outside of the comfort zone for many of his collectors.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #740
WRITTEN 1/18/10
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Sherlock Holmes: (Hans Zimmer/Lorne Balfe) After hundreds of screen adaptations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famed stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, one was bound to eventually depict the battles that the title character would always refer to in one of his quips about escaping death. That incarnation was eventually pushed by Warner Brothers, which saw Guy Richie's Sherlock Holmes as a potential sister franchise to the rebooted Batman series. The 2009 film thrust leads Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law into a confrontation with the forces of the occult, taking liberties with the less explored action and fantasy aspect of the original concept. Like Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, the look and feel of Sherlock Holmes is a mixture of darkness and opulence, making for both a dirty and enticing visual environment. Thanks to Warner's aggressive marketing of the film, Sherlock Holmes competed quite well against James Cameron's Avatar, earning a decent critical response and grossing more than triple its budget within its first month. The director had, not surprisingly, temp tracked this film with the score for The Dark Knight, though when he was fortunate enough to receive the services of Hans Zimmer for Sherlock Holmes, both Richie and the composer were certain to take the music in a different direction. Irish folk music performed by The Dubliners was sought for three prominent places in the film, including the end credits. Zimmer, now several major scores removed from his announcement of intended retirement from film scoring in 2008, clearly approached the assignment (along with frequent collaborator Lorne Balfe) with a wry sense of humor, producing a soundtrack full of unconventional multi-cultural references in open defiance of all expectations. He has described his ideas for Sherlock Holmes in many creative and funny ways, most in part referencing Irish punk bands, Romanian orchestras, and wild period soloists. A touch of Jack Sparrow swing is also integral. He wanted the score to directly match the eccentric mannerisms of Downey Jr.'s portrayal of Holmes, stating, "Our Sherlock Holmes is different, and it was more about playing the chaos, the multitude of ideas, the synapses firing, and strange virtuosity going on in his brain." The reliance on violin performances in the score (spanning the realms of the quirky to somber melodrama) are a direct reflection of the character's fondness for that instrument.



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1,215 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.09 Stars
***** 219 5 Stars
**** 274 4 Stars
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** 243 2 Stars
* 178 1 Stars
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Hans Zimmer is my embodiment of The Lord God   Expand >>
Douglass Callaway - December 9, 2010, at 6:31 p.m.
3 comments  (2778 views)
Newest: February 13, 2012, at 9:12 p.m. by
pt1992
Ah, crap. My jewel case is cracked.
Richard Kleiner - November 29, 2010, at 8:50 p.m.
1 comment  (1199 views)
I have to disagree
Abbi H. - July 11, 2010, at 4:34 a.m.
1 comment  (1189 views)
Schindler's List
Jonah B. - January 28, 2010, at 6:40 a.m.
1 comment  (1723 views)
Actually nice!   Expand >>
GK - January 23, 2010, at 4:14 a.m.
3 comments  (1963 views)
Newest: January 25, 2010, at 11:18 a.m. by
Edmund Meinerts
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 52:27
• 1. Discombobulate (2:25)
• 2. Is It Poison, Nanny? (2:53)
• 3. I Never Woke Up in Handcuffs Before (1:44)
• 4. My Mind Rebels at Stagnation (4:31)
• 5. Data, Data, Data (2:15)
• 6. He's Killed the Dog Again (3:15)
• 7. Marital Sabotage (3:44)
• 8. Not in Blood, But in Bond (2:13)
• 9. Ah, Putrefaction (1:50)
• 10. Panic, Shear Bloody Panic (2:38)
• 11. Psychological Recovery... 6 Months (18:18)
• 12. Catatonic (6:44)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes extensive credits, but no extra information about the score or film. Interestingly, the cover art includes the name of Zimmer's secondary composer as well, a relative diversion from the norm.
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