Composer Hans Zimmer reinvents his most famous film themes on a new album

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Scarred composer Hans Zimmer will release a double album featuring reimagined versions of his most famous film themes, from Dune to The Lion King to James Bond.

The two-hour disc will feature new arrangements of modern Hollywood epics including The Dark Knight, Gladiator, Inception, No Time To Die, Pirates Of The Caribbean and Dunkirk.

The first single, The Last Samurai Suite from the 2003 film starring Ken Watanabe and Tom Cruise, is out Friday.

The German-born, Los Angeles-based music producer recorded the new “suites” during his European concert tour of the same name in the spring of this year.

The recording took place over 10 nights and ran as a studio production, before Zimmer spent weeks mixing the album with his friend and producer Stephen Lipson.

Zimmer said, “I just wanted to produce the best album.

“I wanted to create an opportunity for music to breathe a little differently, in its own context.

“For this adventure, I am delighted to have been joined by the largest team of collaborators possible.”

Along with his 20-piece Disruptive Collective along with a number of longtime collaborators, Zimmer also worked with the Odessa Opera Orchestra and Chorus on the project, titled Hans Zimmer Live.

The result is described as “an epic musical spectacle blending atmospheric classical arrangements and electronic elements with the powerful sound of a rock band”.

Zimmer also plays several instruments on the album.

It comes after the BBC announced a new 60-minute documentary about the composer’s four-decade career.

The documentary, titled Hans Zimmer – Hollywood Rebel, promises to provide “unprecedented access” to Zimmer and will air on BBC Two on Sunday, October 16 at 9 p.m.

Hans Zimmer Live will be available from March 3, 2023.

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