With Enemy at the Gates, two-time Academy Award-winning composer James Horner (Titanic) once again demonstrates his eloquent skill at dramatizing the life-and-death, epic events of the films he scores. Horner's score to Jean-Jacques Annaud's passionate story of dueling German and Soviet snipers during World War II's seven-month-long Battle of Stalingrad is his most classically constructed work yet. He wrote Enemy at the Gates for an unusually large orchestra and chorus. At the start, a soft violin- and horn-accented passage, "The River Crossing to Stalingrad," evolves into a startlingly ominous moment, with a haunting string arrangement sustaining the song's tension. Later, in "Bitter News," a single flute echoes the film's recurring theme of grief and survival. Meanwhile, in "Factory," oboes and violas play against timpani and brass to help re-create battlefield scenes with what feel like thunderous blocks of sound. Sweeping and filled with light and shadows, Horner's Enemy at the Gates surpasses his previous work and is a Titanic-sized accomplishment.
Performance CreditsJames Horner Primary Artist,Conductor
Terry Edwards Track Performer
London Voices Choir, Chorus
Marcia Crayford Concert Mistress
Terry Edwards Choir Master
Technical CreditsJames Horner Producer,Orchestration
Budd Carr Executive Producer
J.A.C. Redford Executive Producer
Simon Rhodes Producer,Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Enemy at the Gates based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Of course, Enemy at the Gates doesn't compare to the Braveheart soundtrack but you can hear some of its influences. This album might be described as a mix between Braveheart and a May Day parade in the former Soviet Union; yes, my review is premature, this is a good soundtrack but I DO want to see how Horner's score fits in with the movie when it gets released in a couple of days. That, after all, is what a soundtrack is for and how it should be evaluated.
The music truly makes you feel connected with the story. The title song is incredibly moving. It touches your heart, as does the movie.