This is how every movie soundtrack should start. It misses several seconds of the real beginning but it was the best piece I could find from the Gladiator soundtrack legally uploaded and the most important part about it: It’s over 10 minutes long and it introduces every single main theme of one of the greates movies of our time.
I suppose in the history of the Academy Awards it was one of the toughest decisions ever to choose a “best” soundtrack in 2001: In the end Tan Dun’s “Tiger and Dragon” won and Hans Zimmer got no more than a nomination – but also the great old masters Ennio Morricone and John Williams had to accept the same! What a year for soundtrack fans!
This is the recording of the show. Check it out and I promise you will be stunned by Crouching Tiger. And if you haven’t watched the movie yet: Please stop whatever you’re doing right now and go watch it! It’s the best thing you can do within the next 2 hours. And then go and buy the soundtrack! Both are really amazing. Be prepared that it’s not like a usual soundtrack only made for europeans or americans but probably this is why it won the oscar.
Btw: Gladiator won at least also the oscar for sound and I guess in every other year Hans would have won the Oscar.
Here are the live snippets of the nominees: