February 2006 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
Managing Editor: Ian Lace
Music Webmaster Len Mullenger

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The Legend of Zorro  
Music composed by James Horner
  Available on Sony Classical (SK 97751)
Running Time: 75:47
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Whenever a soundtrack really makes an impression on me it usually finds its way into my permanent files, otherwise it is disposed of after I have completed my review. I will admit that James Horner’s score for the original Zorro film never made my files. But this time around it will - just. Why? – when much of the thematic material, the hand clapping, foot-tapping, pipes, castanets and guitar figures all remain as before? Because Horner has had time to revisit the music, sharpen the rhythm, and add colour and lustre to the harmonies.  There is more bite in the humour, often attractively wry, more edge to the excitement, more lyricism for the more romantic moments and more variety between the tracks to hold the ear; although once more Sony tend to being over-generous in providing nearly 76 minutes of this type of material

A heroic score lustily performed by a big orchestra with a large colourful percussion section.

Ian Lace

3.5

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