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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
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Co-Composed and Co-Produced by:
Hans Zimmer
Lorne Balfe

Conducted by:
Gavin Greenaway

Orchestrated by:
Bruce Fowler
Walt Fowler
Rick Gioninazzo
Kevin Kaska
Carl Rydlund
Elizabeth Finch
Andrew Kinney
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WaterTower Music
(December 13th, 2011)
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Regular U.S. release. Three additional tracks can be downloaded using the CD's enhanced features.
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Buy it... if even a haphazard and unfocused extension of ideas from the first Sherlock Holmes score will meet your expectations, or if you went on a road trip to Slovakia and found the region's traditional gypsy music intoxicating.

Avoid it... if you were dissatisfied with Hans Zimmer and his team's seemingly lazy approach to coordinating the equally disjointed and incohesive soundtrack for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides earlier in 2011.
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WRITTEN 12/16/11
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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows: (Hans Zimmer/Lorne Balfe) Following the surprising success of the 2009 adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famed Sherlock Holmes into the cinematic action genre, Warner Brothers expressed an immediate interest in a sequel. Most the same cast and crew was assembled in short order to enact Doyle's "The Final Problem," the story set in 1891 in which detective Sherlock Holmes' chief nemesis, Professor Moriarty, is first introduced. In Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Moriarty leads Holmes and his sidekick, Dr. Watson, on an adventure through Europe that begins with the investigation of the assassination of the Crown Prince of Austria. Teaming with a fortune telling gypsy along the way, the group of protagonists remains one step behind the brilliant schemes of Moriarty, whose motives are far broader than anyone first surmises. The cool, blue hues and gritty humor of Sherlock Holmes return for the 2011 sequel, the latter courtesy of the chemistry between lead actors Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law. Also resurrected is the sound of composer Hans Zimmer, aided this time by Lorne Balfe just as in the prior entry. The previous score was nominated for an Academy Award and Grammy in part because of the composer's notoriety but also owing to the quirky, gypsy-like personality of its accordion, banjo, cimbalom, and fiddle-performed primary theme. Zimmer had successfully managed to take the sound of his obscure score for An Everlasting Piece and expand it into the realm of his action music, creating a hybrid of gypsy enthusiasm and brute force from The Peacemaker that was difficult to ignore. For the sequel, the composer took roughly the same path, but he did so by pushing both sides of the franchise's music to their extremes. It is another case in which the production of the soundtrack turned into an excuse for unrestrained fun on the part of the composer, this time yielding a road trip to Slovakia and Vienna to find and record genuine gypsy music. One could easily get the impression with Zimmer and his team's product for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides earlier in 2011 that a fluid, entertaining creation process for the music was the primary concern, and the evidence points to such an environment in the planning of A Game of Shadows as well. Similar to many of Zimmer's ensemble crew soundtracks, this one has a distinctly vague overall personality and practically no narrative direction. It relies upon eccentric expressions of the two halves to the previous score without setting any particularly solid foundation for this film.

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Total Time: 68:55
• 1. I See Everything (0:39)
• 2. That is My Curse (Shadows - Part 1) (1:51)
• 3. Tick Tock (Shadows - Part 2) (8:13)
• 4. Chess (Shadows - Part 3) (7:34)
• 5. It's So Overt It's Covert (3:19)
• 6. Romanian Wind (1:56)
• 7. Did You Kill My Wife? (2:42)
• 8. He's All Me Me Me (1:58)
• 9. The Mycroft Suite (1:41)
• 10. To the Opera! (includes excerpt from Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) (4:03)
• 11. Two Mules for Sister Sara (Morricone) - performed by Movie Screen Orchestra (2:34)
• 12. Die Forelle (Schubert) - performed by Ian Bostridge & Julius Drake (3:23)
• 13. Zu Viele Fuchse Fur Euch Hansel (1:47)
• 14. The Red Book (4:00)
• 15. Moral Insanity (1:31)
• 16. Memories of Sherlock (2:11)
• 17. The End? (2:26)
• 18. Romani Holiday (Antonius Remix) (5:40)

Downloadable Bonus Tracks:
• 19. Shush Club No. 3 (4:31)
• 20. Beautiful Eyes (2:13)
• 21. Just Follow My Lead (The Waltz) (4:44)
(total time includes bonus tracks)

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The insert includes extensive credits and a single page advertisement for $2 ringtones from each of the CD tracks. The CD is enhanced and will open a link on your computer to additional music and videos available online.
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