The Da Vinci Code
Composed By: Hans Zimmer
Produced By: Decca Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
If there were a Most Controversial Film Award, 2006’s winner would probably be The Da Vinci Code, a movie based on the controversial novel by Dan Brown. Produced by Todd Hallowell and Dan Brown, and directed by Ron Howard, The Da Vinci Code begins with a mysterious murder. An elderly curator of the famous French museum, the Louvre, has been found dead, a strange symbol scribed near the body. Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, played by Tom Hanks, is called in to decipher the symbol. Joining him is French cryptologist Sophié Neveu, portrayed by Audrey Tautou. They soon discover that the symbol leads to some very interesting clues hidden in the works of Leonardo Da Vinci. Deciphering these codes may reveal what is quite possible the biggest cover-up in history…and it all involves the Catholic Church. The movie also stars Sir Ian McKellen, Alfred Molina, Paul Bettany and Jean Reno.
The soundtrack of The Da Vinci Code is composed by Hans Zimmer. The German composer is no stranger to soundtrack composition having composed the soundtracks for scores of films. He has been nominated for seven Golden Globes, seven Grammys and seven Oscars for Rain Man, Gladiator, The Lion King, As Good As It Gets, The Preacher’s Wife, The Thin Red Line, The Prince of Egypt, and the Last Samurai. To say that Simmer creates not just soundtracks, but stand-alone masterpieces would be an understatement.
The soundtrack of The Da Vinci Code is a beautifully orchestrated composition. The music is often times mysterious and foreboding, which perfectly suits the theme of the movie. The opening track, Dies Mercuri I Martius, starts off quite low. The listener turns up the volume only to discover the music building in crescendo, becoming increasingly intense and ominous toward its completion. Much of the soundtrack is composed in just this format, as I am certain, the movie builds in action and intensity as it nears its climax. There are some quite beautiful compositions on this soundtrack, such as the strings solo in Ad Arcana. The choir accompanied final track Kyrie for the Magdalene is a piece so incredibly inspiring as to call to memory the beautiful incantations of world-famous church choirs. Several tracks contain ominous moments, reminding us that all is not beauty and that a murder has been committed. None are so ominous as the chiming of the church bells in Rose of Arimathea.
The Da Vinci Code Motion Picture Soundtrack is not just for admirers of the movie. It is in fact, a masterpiece within itself. Those who have never viewed the film and love beautiful composition will definitely enjoy this soundtrack. Admirers of Hans Zimmer will not be surprised at the soundtrack’s beauty or intensity and will be most happy to add it to their Hans Zimmer collection. One would be surprised if The Da Vinci Code Motion Picture Soundtrack does not garner Hans Zimmer a few more awards for his mantle. The Da Vinci Code Motion Picture Soundtrack is a purchase well-worth the money.