October 2001 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
Music Webmaster Len Mullenger

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Compilation: Hans ZIMMER The Wings of a Film – The Film Music of Hans Zimmer Recorded live in concert at the Flanders International Film Festival October 2000featuring Liza Gerrard DECCA 467 749-2 [71:43]
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Includes music from:
Gladiator
Driving Miss Daisy
Thelma and Louise
The thin Red Line
Mission:Impossible 2
The Lion King
Power of One
Nine Months
Rain Man
True Romance
The Lion King

This compilation is a recorded live concert that formed part of the Flanders Film Festival in October 2000. It has to be said that it is a very patchy affair – like the curate’s egg, good in parts - the arrangements are variable and there is more enthusiasm than artistic merit and that the sound is often less than perfect and not helped by an over-resonant acoustic. The collection includes dirge-like renderings of Gladiator music and a joyless Driving Miss Daisy. Much of the music is slow and elegiac and atmospheric but the odd clumsy intrusion of ill-judged orchestration spoiling the effect of Rain Man and the ethnic elements of The Lion King. As one of my colleagues has remarked, "Zimmer is a master of team effort in the recording studio rather than on the stage and this proves it."

Stick to the individual soundtracks.

Disappointing.

Ian Lace

 

 

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