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"Joshua played like an angel with his violin framed by the contrasting starkness of the electronics. He added such beauty and grace to the music, and such depth to the characters. He is an extraordinary artist." - Hans Zimmer
Academy Award winning composer Hans Zimmer and Grammy-winning violinist Joshua Bell are featured in the soundtrack to the highly anticipated film Angels & Demons, based upon the bestselling novel by Dan Brown.
Tom Hanks reprises his role as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, who once again finds that forces with ancient roots will stop at nothing, even murder, to advance their goals. Ron Howard returns to direct the film, which is produced by Brian Grazer, Ron Howard,
and John Calley. The screenplay is by David Koepp and Akiva Goldsman.
Director Ron Howard again teamed with composer Hans Zimmer for the Angels & Demons score. This film score required an entirely different musical approach than the score for The Da Vinci Code. Zimmer found ways to make the music as agile and kinetic as Robert Langdon's firing synapses. He used, for example, a chamber group instead of a traditional orchestra to create that sense of action.
Since Angels & Demons is equally about religion and science, Zimmer represents religion with the combination of orchestra and chorus and used electronics to denote science. As he put together the orchestra for the recording, Zimmer sought out the best and decided to collaborate with violinist Joshua Bell. Says Zimmer, "Joshua played like an angel with his violin framed by the contrasting starkness of the electronics. He added such beauty and grace to the music, and such depth to the characters. He is an extraordinary artist."
Ron Howard says, "There's nothing formulaic about the way Hans thinks about the score," adding that Zimmer's music always "suits the sound that the film calls for." In this case, Zimmer echoed the cinematic theme of hidden meanings by playing a musical game. As a nod to the symbologist character, Zimmer hid a five-note musical ambigram in the music. Whether or not anyone figures it out remains to be seen, but one thing is certain; as Howard says: Zimmer is "a fantastic storyteller."
Hans Zimmer: Angels & Demons
1. 160 BPM 6:42
2. God Particle 5:20
3. Air 9:09
4. Fire 6:52
5. Black Smoke 5:45
6. Science and Religion 12:27
7. Immolation 3:39
8. Election by Adoration 2:12
9. 503 2:14
Violin Soloist: Joshua Bell
Additional music by Lorne Balfe, Atli Örvarsson and Geoff Zanelli
Chorus conducted by Paul Salamunovich
Studio Orchestra conducted by Nick Glennie-Smith
Works on This Recording
Angels & Demons by Hans Zimmer
Joshua Bell (Violin)
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