Batman Begins [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Batman Begins [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

by James Newton Howard


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Director Christopher Nolan's brooding attempt at resurrecting the ailing Batman franchise is met head-on by two of film music's most prolific and recognizable characters. The ultra-serious tone that permeates Batman Begins is not limited to its gothic narrative and brooding visuals. Oscar-winning composers Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard have crafted an atmosphere that relies less on the dynamics of Danny Elfman and more on the rain-soaked soundscapes of Brian Eno and Blade Runner-era Vangelis. With over 60 minutes of music, Batman Begins' glacial pace makes for a challenging listen, and its insistence on remaining unabashedly nocturnal -- each track is named for a specific species of bat -- is both admirable and frustrating, as the main theme doesn't truly appear until nearly four tracks in. Though each composer shares a co-writing credit, listeners who are familiar with their work will recognize the signatures -- Howard's bleak and pastoral string and piano cues keep the film grounded, while Zimmer utilizes the thunderous percussion and Soviet-bloc chord structures that fueled both Crimson Tide and Gladiator. For those who were hoping for an audio repeat of the 1989 original, Batman Begins may prove to be a disappointment, but for longtime fans of the caped crusader's darker past, the lack of a traditional "summer blockbuster popcorn" score will come as a welcome surprise.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/07/2010
Label: Watertower Music
UPC: 0794043917721
catalogNumber: 39177

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Newton Howard   Primary Artist
Gary Kettel   Percussion
Frank Ricotti   Percussion
Martin Tillman   Electric Cello
Gavin Greenaway   Conductor
Thomas Jesty   Treble Vocals

Technical Credits

Bruce Fowler   Orchestration
James Newton Howard   Composer,Producer
Mel Wesson   Additional Music
Gavyn Wright   Orchestra Leader
Hans Zimmer   Composer,Producer
Geoff Foster   Engineering
Brad Dechter   Orchestration
Becky Bentham   Score Coordinator
Lisa Margolis   Music Business Affairs
Keith Zajic   Music Business Affairs
Ramin Djawadi   Additional Music
Mark Wherry   Engineer
Debi Streeter   Music Administrator
Lorne Balfe   Music Program
Abhay Manusmare   Engineer
Alastair King   Score Reader

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