Enemy at the Gates

Enemy at the Gates

by James Horner



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.

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Release Date: 03/13/2001
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998952225
catalogNumber: 89522

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Enemy at the Gates 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The music truly makes you feel connected with the story. The title song is incredibly moving. It touches your heart, as does the movie.