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Gladiator (soundtrack)

Gladiator is the original soundtrack of the 2000 film of the same name. The original score and songs were composed by Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard and were released in 2000, titled Gladiator: Music From the Motion Picture. The Lyndhurst Orchestra performing the score was conducted by Gavin Greenaway.

Gladiator: Music From the Motion Picture
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Soundtrack album by
ReleasedApril 25, 2000
Recorded2000
GenreSoundtrack
Length61:31
LabelDecca
ProducerKlaus Badelt, Ridley Scott, Hans Zimmer
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Film Score Reviews4.5/5 stars
Filmtracks3/5 stars
SoundtrackNet4/5 stars

The album won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score and was also nominated for the Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Score ("Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music").

Contents

Track listingEdit

  1. "Progeny" – 2:13
  2. "The Wheat"– 1:03
  3. "The Battle"– 10:02
  4. "Earth"– 3:01
  5. "Sorrow"– 1:26
  6. "To Zucchabar"– 3:16
  7. "Patricide"– 4:08
  8. "The Emperor Is Dead"– 1:21
  9. "The Might of Rome"– 5:18
  10. "Strength and Honor"– 2:09
  11. "Reunion"– 1:14
  12. "Slaves to Rome"– 1:00
  13. "Barbarian Horde"– 10:33
  14. "Am I Not Merciful?"– 6:33
  15. "Elysium"– 2:41
  16. "Honor Him"– 1:19
  17. "Now We Are Free"– 4:14

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[2] Gold 50,000^
Italy (FIMI)[3] Gold 50,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[4] Platinum 100,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[5] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[6] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[7]
Standard O.S.T. Release
Platinum 351,000[8]
United Kingdom (BPI)[9]
Special Anniversary Edition
Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[10] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

More Music From the Motion PictureEdit

Gladiator: More Music From the Motion Picture
 
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedFebruary 27, 2001
Recorded2000
GenreSoundtrack
Length57:58
LabelDecca Records
ProducerAlan Mayerson, Ridley Scott, Hans Zimmer
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [11]
SoundtrackNet     
Tracksounds     

On February 27, 2001, nearly a year after the first soundtrack's release, Decca released Gladiator: More Music From the Motion Picture. This CD contained an additional 18 cuts from the film (including remixes of earlier scores, such as "Now We Are Free"). Many tracks also use dialogue from the movie, such as Maximus Decimus Meridius' quote "Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife... and I will have my vengeance."

Track listing
  1. "Duduk of the North" - 5:33 (duduk by Djivan Gasparyan and Sevak Sahakyan)
  2. "Now We Are Free (Juba's mix)" - 4:47
  3. "The Protector of Rome" - 1:25 (featuring Russell Crowe as Maximus and Richard Harris as Marcus Aurelius)
  4. "Homecoming" - 3:35 (featuring Joaquin Phoenix as Commodus and Russell Crowe)
  5. "The General Who Became a Slave" - 3:03
  6. "The Slave Who Became a Gladiator" - 6:11 (featuring Oliver Reed as Proximo and Russell Crowe as Maximus)
  7. "Secrets" - 1:59
  8. "Rome Is the Light" - 2:43
  9. "All That Remains" - 0:54
  10. "Maximus" - 1:09 (guitar by Heitor Pereira)
  11. "Marrakesh Marketplace" - 0:42
  12. "The Gladiator Waltz" - 8:25 (featuring Russell Crowe, original synth demo version by Hans Zimmer)
  13. "Figurines" - 1:01 (yangqin by Lisa Gerrard)
  14. "The Mob" - 2:22
  15. "Busy Little Bee" - 3:47 (featuring Connie Nielsen as Lucilla and Russell Crowe as Maximus)
  16. "Death Smiles at Us All" - 2:29 (featuring Joaquin Phoenix as Commodus and Russell Crowe as Maximus)
  17. "Not Yet" - 1:32 (featuring Djimon Hounsou as Juba)
  18. "Now We Are Free (Maximus mix)" - 6:21

Special Anniversary EditionEdit

Gladiator: Music From the Motion Picture: Special Anniversary Edition
 
Soundtrack album by
Released2005
Recorded2000
GenreSoundtrack
Length1:17:00
LabelDecca Records
ProducerAlan Mayerson, Ridley Scott, Hans Zimmer

For the film's 5 year anniversary a double CD edition was released combining the 2 previous editions.

Musical impactEdit

Hans Zimmer's style influenced many composers, who used elements like female wailing vocals and the "battle waltz" for ancient war movies that followed.

Harry Gregson-Williams, a member of Zimmer's own Media Ventures Productions, relayed scoring duties for Ridley Scott's later film, Kingdom of Heaven.

In April 2006, a law firm representing the Holst Foundation filed a lawsuit claiming that Zimmer had infringed the copyright of Gustav Holst's The Planets. "The Battle" from the score was claimed to infringe the copyright on "Mars, the bringer of war".[12][13] The Track "Barbarian Horde" reprises most of these themes.

Film music critics noted that the score also borrows from works by Richard Wagner, particularly themes from Siegfried and Götterdämmerung, included in the latter half of "The Might of Rome" and "Am I Not Merciful?"[14]

In 2003 Luciano Pavarotti released the song "Il gladiatore" from his album Ti Adoro. The song was based on a theme from the score, featured on the soundtrack as track 4, "Earth". Pavarotti told Billboard magazine that he was meant to sing this song in the film, "But I said no then. Too bad. It's a magnificent song and a tough movie. Still, there is so much drama in just the song."[15]

The "Il gladiatore" version of this song, was performed by Andrea Bocelli during the 2009 UEFA Champions League Final in Rome, where FC Barcelona defeated Manchester United F.C. and also during the 2016 UEFA Champions League Final in Milan.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Hans Zimmer – Gladiator". Music Canada. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Italian album certifications – Artisti Vari – Il Gladiatore" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Polish album certifications – Soundtrack – Gladiator" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  5. ^ "TOP 100 ALBUMES 07 39" (in Spanish). PROMUSICAE. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  6. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (OST; 'The Gladiator')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  7. ^ "British album certifications – Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard – Gladiator - OST". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 22 April 2017. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Gladiator - OST in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  8. ^ "Official Charts on Twitter". twitter.com. 7 September 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2017. Hello! According to our data, it's the Gladiator OST, which reached No.17 in 2000 – 351,000 sales.
  9. ^ "British album certifications – Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard – Gladiator - OST - Special Anniversary". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 22 April 2017. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Gladiator - OST - Special Anniversary in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  10. ^ "American album certifications – Soundtrack – Gladiator". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 22 April 2017. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  11. ^ Allmusic review
  12. ^ Schweitzer, Vivien (June 15, 2006). "Holst Foundation Sues Film Composer for Copyright Infringement". Playbill. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  13. ^ Beek, Michael (June 2006). "Gladiator Vs Mars-Zimmer is sued". Music from the Movies. Archived from the original on 2007-12-30.
  14. ^ Filmtracks.com
  15. ^ "For Pavarotti, Time To Go 'Pop'". Billboard magazine. November 1, 2003. Retrieved 27 June 2017.

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