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Legend Of Zorro, The 

Legend Of Zorro, The

Composer : James Horner

Conductor : James Horner

Producer : Simon Rhodes and James Horner

Label / No. : Sony Classical 1SK97751

Year of release : 2005

CD release: 2005

Total duration : 75:34


Reviewed by: Andrew Keech

After the highly successful 1998 Mask Of Zorro, Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones return to spectacular swordfights, daring horse stunts and the famous black mask and cape in The Legend Of Zorro. Unfortunately Alejandro’s dedication to his mask, leads to a break up of the happy home and when Elena seeks solace with a rogue French Count the blades are bound to flash. The score also sees the return of James Horner, to provide more fun and thrilling Mexican themed music, which, although in the style of his work for Mask Of Zorro, seems to have matured in the intervening seven years.

The first cues firmly establish the score’s Mexican credentials starting with Spanish guitars, castanets and stamping flamenco footsteps that quickly build to an exciting and rousing theme that is followed by a Mariachi inspired cue. While the score is primarily orchestral, soaring and epic, the overt Mexican flavour permeates almost all of the cues and gives the music a delightfully fresh timbre. There are sombre, slower moments (‘This Is Who I Am’ the early part of ‘The Cortez Ranch‘ and ‘A Proposal With Pearls’) but surprisingly few romantic interludes. Indeed many of the long cues are a series of delightful, graceful build-ups to powerful, explosive action sequences (‘Just One Drop Of Nitro’ and highly thrilling ‘The Train’). The album concludes on an upbeat note with a wonderful Mariachi trumpet and flamenco cue, ‘My Family Is My Life…’, that grows into a crashing, full orchestral finale. The composer manages to maintain an absorbing standard throughout the album, without any distracting repetition, but maintaining a taste of Mexico inside an otherwise exciting Hollywood-style score.

While James Horner’s score for The Legend Of Zorro is an obvious extension of its enjoyable predecessor, it manages to develop its own personality and further develop the quixotic, slightly irreverent characteristics that ably support the qualities that Antonio Banderas manages to bestow on Zorro. A fun score full of swashbuckling, south-of-the-border mannerisms and a worthy sequel score.

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