Hannibal the Cannibal returns after ten years of silence, once again doing scary Hannibal stuff, supported by a dark and sinister score by Hans Zimmer
. Performed mostly by dark strings, with dashes of boys choir, cello solos and bells, this is a score that relies more on classical influences than the electronical ramblings of the Media Ventures composers. To be honest, I would never have guessed that the score for Hannibal is composed by Hans Zimmer
, even if the music at times shares musical ideas with the composers' score for The Tin Red Line - the dark, slow strings and the long, lyrical themes, although missing the great emotional impact of that score. And while The Thin Red Line
was more beautiful and relaxing, Hannibal is really rather depressive, which makes it hard to really enjoy at times, even if some cues are more upbeat than others, such as Klaus Badelt
's "Gourmet Valse Tartare", which draws on the sound of the great waltzes by the Strauss family, especially "An die schφnen blauen Donau". It's actually quite bizarre to hear this piece burst out in the middle of Zimmer's dark score. It sort of doesn't fit with the rest of the music featured on the soundtrack.
What certainly doesn't fit with the rest of the music on the soundtrack is the voice of Anthony Hopkins
found in a couple of the cues, such as the opening track, "Dear Clarice". I have said it before and I'll say it again - if I want to hear clips from the film when listening to the music, I'll just watch the film instead. As simple as that. It would be really interesting to know if the voice of Hopkins really causes more people to actually buy the soundtrack. I hope not. While these sound clips certainly doesn't ruin the music, they are somewhat distracting and disturbing, and this recent trend of including sound clips on soundtracks, over the music, scares me more than that lunatic Hannibal ever will. Sure, it's okay on discs such as "More Music from Gladiator" or "More Music from Braveheart" with much of the music often already included on the original release, but it's not okay when the dialogue ruins music not already available.
Closing the album is the opera piece "Vide Cor Meum", composed by Patrick Cassidy
. In the style of the great romantic operas, this is a highly sought after piece among moviegoers and many just don't realize that it's written especially for the film. It's really quite beautiful, peformed by orchestra, choir and soloists, with a surprising little "twist" at the very end.
I really don't know what to think about Zimmer's score for Hannibal. It's quite beautiful and effective, but incredibly dark and depressing, making it hard to fully appreciate it. And did I forgot to mention that it is actually quite scary, as well? Hannibal is more than other scores music that you will either like or dislike, based on the mood you are currently in.
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