Kingdom of Heaven (soundtrack)

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Kingdom of Heaven
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released April 26, 2005 (2005-04-26) (United States)
Genre Classical, Soundtrack
Length 62:03
Label Sony Classical
Producer Harry Gregson-Williams

Kingdom of Heaven is the soundtrack to 2005 Ridley Scott motion picture of the same name. The soundtrack was composed, co-orchestrated and conducted by Harry Gregson-Williams, and performed in large part by Gavyn Wright and the London Session Orchestra, and released by Sony Classical on April 26, 2005. It is a medley of choral hymns featuring Catherine Bott and Iestyn Davies, instrumentals and percussions, and full orchestral performances.

Track listing[edit]

  1. Burning the Past (2:48)
  2. Crusaders (1:41)
  3. Swordplay (2:01)
  4. A New World (4:21)
  5. To Jerusalem (1:38)
  6. Sibylla (Featuring Lisbeth Scott) (1:49)
  7. Ibelin (2:05)
  8. Rise a Knight (2:43)
  9. The King (5:45)
  10. The Battle of Kerak (5:36)
  11. Terms (4:29)
  12. Better Man (3:29)
  13. Coronation (3:03)
  14. An Understanding (4:13)
  15. Wall Breached (3:43)
  16. The Pilgrim Road (4:07)
  17. Saladin (4:44)
  18. Path to Heaven (1:38)
  19. Light of Life – Ibelin Reprise (Featuring Natacha Atlas) (2:10)
  20. Chansoneta Farai Vencut (4:09)

Additional music and lyrics[edit]

The film also includes several other notable contemporary and historical listings not included on the released soundtrack:

  • [1186]- The plucked string instrument during the first few seconds of the film as the titles appear. Named thus despite the fact that the film states the year is 1184.
  • Vide Cor Meum – The operatic aria during King Baldwin IV's funeral, originally composed for the soundtrack of the film Hannibal.
  • Ave Regina cælorum – The first stanza of this twelfth-century antiphon is used on the soundtrack in the track "Burning the Past".
  • Raimon de Miraval, Chansoneta farai VencutOccitan troubadour lyric of the early thirteenth century, used in the closing scene, and in the Director's Cut, in the flashback with Balian and his wife, performed by Ensemble Convivencia.
  • Guiot de Dijon, Chanterai por mon corage – French trouvère lyric from the time of the Third Crusade, used in the Director's Cut for Godfrey's flashback as he remembers Balian's mother.
  • Valhalla/Viking Victory – Music used during the "knighting" scene before the siege, originally composed for the soundtrack of the film "The 13th Warrior" by Jerry Goldsmith.
  • Passion Chorale – Music played during Raynald's death (specifically, an excerpt from St. Matthew's Passion, BWV 244, by J.S. Bach "Befiehl du deine Wege", performed by the Hilliard Ensemble and Christoph Poppen and recorded for the album "Morimur", track 8 – Choral: Befiehl Du Deine Wege).
  • Epitaph – A Nasheed-style song in Arabic by Luis Delgado from the Album Sueno de al-Zaqqaq ("The Dream of al-Zaqqaq"), is played in the scene in which Saladin enters the city. In this scene there are three songs from that album of Luis Delgado combined. The first is "Epitaph", the second is "Balansiya" and the third is "La Aurora Nocturna".
  • Bibbe Leydi – This song is performed by Baaba Maal & Masour Seck, used in the Directors's Cut, song played while Balian let a toy boat floating along the water down the log in Ibelin.
  • Rannanu (Sing with Joy) by the Savae San Antonio Vocal Arts Ensemble – Plays while the crusader army marches through the desert before the battle of Hattin.
  • Saa Magni (Death is Terrible) by Oumou Sangare – Plays during the sex scene between Balian and Sibylla.
  • Family Feud by Marco Beltrami - This plays during disucssing terms between Balian and Saladin and Balian surrenders the city

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
SoundtrackNet 5/5 stars[1]
Cinemusic 3.5/5 stars[2]

The commercial soundtrack met with generally positive reviews, was considered one of the best film scores of 2005[citation needed] and a top seller on Amazon.com[citation needed]; one critic claimed the soundtrack "transcends the film and works as a cohesive album that develops both thematically and musically throughout".[1] Although another reviewer thought the film score "surprisingly forgettable... it should fail to connect with film music listeners and moviegoers alike",[2] Jerry McCulley thought the soundtrack "rises admirably to the occasion with a sweeping orchestral score that masterfully trades on a wealth of disparate historical and stylistic influences".[citation needed]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "SoundtrackNet : Kingdom of Heaven Review". Soundtrack.net. Retrieved 2011-10-28.
  2. ^ a b "Cinemusic : Kingdom of Heaven Review". Cinemusic.net. Retrieved 2011-10-28.