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Hans Zimmer: The Wings of a Film
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Composed by:
Lisa Gerrard
Klaus Badelt
Lebo M
Jay Rifkin

Performed by:
The VRO Flemish Radio Orchestra

Lisa Gerrard
Pete Haycock
Heitor Pereira
Lebo M/Keswa
Gavin Greenaway
R. Gregson-Williams
John Powell
Bruce Fowler
Hans Zimmer
and more...

Conducted by:
Dirk Brossé

Album Produced by:
Alan Meyerson
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Decca Records
(June 19th, 2001)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek an interesting, but not entirely functional collection of live performances of Hans Zimmer's works up to 2000.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear a well rounded presentation of all of Zimmer's famous efforts, because significant entries were left off of this compilation album.
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WRITTEN 6/15/01, REVISED 11/28/08
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Hans Zimmer: The Wings of a Film: (Hans Zimmer) Some of the most popular concert tickets at symphony houses in the 1990's had been those for performances of film music conducted by two giants of the genre: John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith. Those veteran composers conducted their works for packed houses and were equally versed in how entertain an audience with anecdotes and flair. The idea of Hans Zimmer putting on a concert production of his own work was an idea met with both great anticipation and curiosity when it was announced in early 2000 that he would do just that. The composer and his music had several things working against him that needed to be addressed. First, his scores prior to that time were often massive collaborations of electronics and solo talent that were worked and reworked several hundred times before the final versions were sent to the studios. Because of his habit of endless tweaking, Zimmer is not the kind of composer who can sit down at any public piano by whim and perform the best of his works in easily recognizable fashion. He also, unlike many other composers, does not arrange his own scores in such a way that lends them well to concert suites. Unlike Williams and James Horner, he did not make a habit of writing a suite for each album or for future concert performances, and unlike Goldsmith, his scores were not easily repackaged into neat, 5-minute end-credit style suites. More inclined was (and still is) Zimmer to rearrange and remix his scores into unique 50+ minutes suites for his albums, so for him to arrange a 5 to 7 minute sampling from each of his scores for a concert event was unheard of. Also working against him was the fact that his musical styles vary extremely from one score to the next, forcing the prospect of a concert into a very diverse sampling of many different musical genres. The last complication of a Zimmer concert is the simple fact that he had never described himself as a public performer (though nerves can usually be overcome with time, and he had certainly conquered his by the time he received rock star status for The Dark Knight later in the decade). Whereas you might catch Williams, Horner, or Patrick Doyle stopping at a public piano to grace the surrounding masses with a few minutes of a thematic idea, Zimmer was a studio hermit who manipulated his basic keyboarding into the scores we hear, with weeks of hacking through those ideas in between.

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Download the tracks that were missed out
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I've got Beyond Rangoon, will trade for...
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Total Time: 71:43
• 1. Gladiator: Now We Are Free (Zimmer/Gerrard/Badelt) (5:13)
Solos: Lisa Gerrard (Vocalist), Tamara Tierbrood (Backup Vocals)
• 2. Gladiator: Am I Not Merciful? (Zimmer) (6:47)
• 3. Driving Miss Daisy: Driving (Zimmer) (5:40)
Solos: Hans Zimmer (Piano), Pete Haycock (Electric Guitar), Eddy Vanoosthuyse (Clarinet)
• 4. Thelma & Louise: Thinderbird (Zimmer) (7:46)
Solos: Pete Haycock (Electric Guitar)
• 5. The Thin Red Line: Journey to the Line (Zimmer) (9:53)
• 6. Mission: Impossible 2: Nyah and Ethan (Zimmer) (6:47)
Solos: Heitor Pereira (Guitar)
• 7. The Lion King: Lea Halalela (Zimmer) (5:59)
Solos: Keswa (Vocalist), Lebo M (Vocalist)
• 8. Power of One: Mother Africa (Zimmer) (5:46)
Solos: Keswa (Vocalist), Lebo M (Vocalist)
• 9. Nine Months: Suite (Zimmer) (5:13)
• 10. Rain Man: Main Theme (Zimmer) (5:05)
Solos: Hans Zimmer (Piano)
• 11. True Romance: Main Theme (Zimmer) (3:31)
• 12. The Lion King: Busa (Zimmer) (3:59)
Solos: Lisa Gerrard (Vocalist), Keswa (Vocalist), Lebo M (Vocalist)

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The insert includes extensive credits and quotes from many of Zimmer's associates from prior projects.
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