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Hero (Music from the Original Soundtrack)

Itzhak Perlman, KODO & Tan Dun

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For Yimou Zhang' s epic Asian adventure Hero, award-winning composer Tan Dun elegantly blends the traditions of his Chinese homeland with the cinematic flair of the American Western. For his score for the award-winning soundtrack to Ang Lee's crossover hit Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Dun built the work around the talents of cellist Yo-Yo Ma, resulting in a rich and meditative fusion of classical and Asian folk. On Hero, Dun finds his muse in Israeli violin legend Itzhak Perlman, a versatile artist in his own right who played the role of John Williams' muse on the Academy Award-winning soundtrack to Schindler's List. Perlman's themes are strikingly similar to those in CTHD, which would be disappointing if it weren't for the thunderous male voice choir and the primal war cries of the Kodo Drummers that surround them. This is Dun at his most Morricone, and it lends an air of excitement and grandiosity that was lacking from the latter film. Like the film, Hero's score resembles an old-fashioned Hollywood epic, and its players respond to Dun's simplistic melodies with ferocity, tenderness, and stamina, but it has enough of an original voice to rise above the more predictable constrictions of its genre.

Customer Reviews

A beautiful score for a beautiful film

I fell in love with the movie the first time i saw it and i knew i had to get the sountrack, of course. Both are extremely beautiful and i feel lucky for experiencing them. Hope you enjoy them as much as i do.

A Haunting Film

Absolutely beautiful cinematography and a gorgeous soundtrack. The music just blends into the beautiful scenery and story of the movie. Even with this wonderful soundtrack muted, the movie would still be beautiful just to watch. :)

Amazing Score

Such a beautiful score. There are the drums which give us a sense of combat or tension and it fits the those scenes well but we can very clearly hear the tragic undertones in most of the songs that portray the significance of what the characters do in the movie. The soundtrack was created perfectly to suit the over theme of the movie. Well done!


Born: August 31, 1945 in Tel Aviv, Israel

Genre: Classical

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

Israeli violinist Itzhak Perlman is known for his brilliant technique, direct interpretation and precision in detail. He has an international reputation as an outstanding violinist of the 19th and 20th century repertoire. At age four, he lost the use of his legs due to polio. Shortly after that he began violin lessons at Shulamit High School in Tel-Aviv. By age ten he was performing in concerts and recitals with the Israel Broadcasting Orchestra. After winning a talent competition to appear on American...
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