The official motion picture soundtrack for The Da Vinci Code with Thomas Bowes, King’s Consort Choir, Hugh Marsh, Orchestra, Richard Harvey, Hila Plitmann, Martin Tillman was released on May 9, 2006
There are similarities to recent Zimmer scores, namely Batman Begins. I have noted a moving eighth note motif that has been appearing in a number of Zimmer’s works (see review for The Island), which is used here in the opening cue, “Dies Mercurii I Martius”, and “Chevaliers de Sangreal” in a very similar way as Batman Begins. This is not a prominent motif in this score, but I like its use to add a sense of motion to the music. A second common staple for Zimmer’s scores is the use of cellist Martin Tillman, joined here by Gregson-Williams’ usual suspect, Hugh Marsh, on electric violin in the opening cue and “Rose of Arimathea”. Tillman’s performance is mostly with an acoustic cello, but is featured prominently.
The string’s are given a heavy treatment, as Zimmer has done in some of his more dramatic scores, but it Zimmer’s use of the choir that is a step above anything he’s done before. It is along the lines of Debney’s Passion of the Christ and Gregson-Williams’ Kingdom of Heaven, and was conducted by Nick Glennie-Smith. The album ends with a choral piece, “Kyrie for the Magdalene”, written by Richard Harvey, which is a very beautiful song and greatly adds to the tone of the score.
April 25th, 2006 Soundtrack.net
Composer: Hans Zimmer . Personnel: Delores Clay (vocals); Skaila Kanga (harp); Tom Bowes, Hugh Marsh (violin); Peter Lale (viola); Martin Tillman, Anthony Pleeth (cello); Jonathan Snowden (flute); Nicholas Bucknail (clarinet); David Theodore (oboe); Julie Andrews (bassoon); Richard Watkins (French horn); Mary Scully (double bass); Frank Ricotti, Paul Clarvis, Gary Kettel (percussion). Audio Mixers: Al Clay; Alan Meyerson. Recording information: Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall. Reader: Michael Price. Arrangers: Hans Zimmer ; Henry Jackman; Lorne Balfe; Nick Glennie-Smith ; Graham Preskett.
1. Dies Mercurii I Martius 6:03
2. L’esprit des Gabriel 2:48
3. The Paschal Spiral 2:49
4. Fructus Gravis 2:50
5. Quodis Arcana 6:07
6. Malleus Maleficarum 2:21
7. Salvete Virgines 3:16
8. Daniel’s 9th Cipher 9:31
9. Poisoned Chalice 6:19
10. The Citrine Cross 5:21
11. Rose of Arimathea 8:11
12. Beneath Alrischa 4:23
13. Chevaliers de Sangreal 4:09
14. Kyrie for the Magdalene 3:55
Total Album Time: 68:03
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