The Music of Hans Zimmer: The Definitive Collection
Musical Score By: London Music Works and The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Distributed by: Silva Screen Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
German composer Hans Zimmer has been creating musical scores for thirty years and over those three decades, he has written music for over three hundred films, received eight Academy Award nominations, won one Academy Award , two Golden Globes, three Grammys, an American Music Award and a Tony. In July 2014, Silva Screen Records released The Music of Hans Zimmer: The Definitive Collection, a six-CD, 77 track compilation of music from Zimmer's film scoring career.
I received a thirteen track sample of this album for review over the summer. The sample contained tracks from a variety of film genres, including action, animation, romantic comedy, historical drama and more. Chosen were some of the most dramatic pieces of score Zimmer has created for film, including Solomon from 12 Years a Slave, Maestro from The Holiday, and (one of my personal favorites) Imagine the Fire from The Dark Knight Rises.
Listening to the various tracks, I realized just how much Zimmer has touched my life. I have reviewed a number of his film scores, including The Dark Knight Rises, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The Da Vinci Code, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Megamind, The Lion King and more. I've watched a number of films containing music composed by Zimmer, including The Dark Knight Trilogy, The Lion King, Crimson Tide, 12 Years a Slave, Pearl Harbor, The Da Vinci Code, Thelma and Louise, Rain Man, K2, The Holiday and more.
I've always found Hans Zimmer's sweeping orchestral scores to be incredibly enjoyable and I was quite happy with the selection provided me. It was an excellent representation, although a very small fraction, of the quality of music to be found on the album. London Music Works and The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra do an excellent job in recreating those dramatic scores on this compilation. My favorite track is Imagine the Fire, of course. My least favorite is End Credits from A World Apart, but I only dislike the futuristic, electronic beginning. The rest of the track is amazing.
Silva Screen Records has released compilations of Hans Zimmer's work before, but I think that The Music of Hans Zimmer: The Definitive Collection may be the best thus far. Of course, with Zimmer continuing to create film scores, I'm sure this album collection will be topped eventually with even more stunningly dramatic and emotional Zimmer musical creations.