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Album Review

While Hans Zimmer's music for Christopher Nolan's Batman movies aren't as high-concept as some of his other scores, such as Inception or Gladiator, they're just as artfully done, and The Dark Knight Rises is no exception. Zimmer ties the music for the final installment of Nolan's Batman trilogy to his previous scores, but allows these pieces to have their own flourishes as well: "A Storm Is Coming" nods to the churning strings of the theme used since Batman Begins, but "Nothing Out There" adds an almost subliminal pulsing synth that grows stronger as the score unfolds, peaking with "Imagine the Fire"'s climax of choral vocals and strings. Meanwhile, heavy brass cuts through most tracks like a bat signal piercing through the clouds, nowhere more clearly than on "Gotham's Reckoning." Yet Zimmer doesn't just pile on the drama; he knows when to have his cues crash into a scene and when they should get out of the way. The drums, brass, and strings reach near-claustrophobic levels on "The Fire Rises," but they also retreat, roil, and then thunder to a close in malevolent and majestic fashion. Zimmer also finds room for some more experimental touches, as on "Despair," where the whooshing percussion sounds like a cape sweeping through the air or something bursting into flames. And while most of these cues tower like Gotham skyscrapers, "Mind If I Cut In?" is just as remarkable for its delicate melody and subtle percussion. Fittingly for the last installment of Nolan's — and thus Zimmer's — interpretation of Batman, many of the track titles wax philosophical ("Why Do We Fall?"), and the score's emotional range is narrow but deep, spanning the mournful "Born in Darkness" and the somber "Necessary Evil," and culminating with "Rise," which mingles haunting strings and vocals with formidable rhythms as the credits roll. While The Dark Knight Rises closes the book on Batman for Zimmer and Nolan, it's just another chapter in their thriving creative partnership.

Customer Reviews

Düster und melancholisch!

Der Score reiht sich qualitativ nahtlos in die Reihe der Vorgänger ein, wobei hier, passend zum Film, ein schwermütigerer Grundton vorherrscht als noch beim Score zu The Dark Knight! Toller Bonus: 3 Exklusiv-Titel die NICHT auf der ebenfalls erhältlichen CD zu finden sind! Das hat mir die Entscheidung sehr erleichtert!

Ein Meisterwerk - mal wieder.

Die Soundtracks des Hans Zimmer sind episch. Jeder für sich. Und trotzdem erkennt man so etwas wie einen roten Faden.

Dieser Soundtrack ist eine überaus gelungene Weiterentwicklung von The Dark Knight mit Anleihen aus - bitte nicht erschrecken - Inception. Einfach. Nur. Bombastisch.

Im Film selbst wirkt der Soundtrack schön platziert. Akzente setzend, nicht aufdringlich, aber präsent.

Dieser Soundtrack GEHÖRT in die Sammlung eines Filmmusikfans. Es gibt weitaus schlechtere Filmmusik zu irgendwelchen Komikverfilmungen (siehe Iron-Man).


Overall as original as we're used to get from Hans Zimmer… However this soundtrack lacks the drama you could find in "The Dark Knight". I think there are two bad decisions about this soundtrack:
1. James Newton Howard didn't participate which caused the lack of drama in this album.
2. The awesome music you could here in Trailer 3 is not included in the soundtrack. That was definitely the biggest disappointment for me!

But overall it sounds NICE and Hans Zimmer once again manages to create a totally new sonic character and introduce original samples and instruments to this…


Born: 12 September 1957 in Frankfurt, Germany

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most prolific film composers of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, Hans Zimmer was born September 12, 1957 in Frankfurt, Germany; after relocating to London as a teen, he later wrote advertising jingles for Air-Edel Associates, and in 1980 collaborated with the Buggles on their LP The Age of Plastic and its accompanying hit "Video Killed the Radio Star." A stint with Ultravox followed before Zimmer next surfaced with the Italian avant-garde group Krisma; he then formed a partnership...
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