on 28 January 2003
Hans Zimmer has created one of the most beautiful and evocative scores for a film ever done. Most sountracks these days are a couple of sweet orchestra tunes and a bunch of catchy but forgettable pop songs. This score truly enhanced a wonderful (and overlooked) film and is more on a par with Mancini or David Raksin as it sets and maintains it's own mood to the very end.
"The Waters of Irrawaddy" is hauntingly beautiful on it's own merit but if you have seen the film it truly evokes images of sadness and great beauty. "I Dreamt I Woke Up" and "Village Under Seige" are very moving also. This is an elegant score with just the right oriental flavor. You feel as if you are in Rangoon when listening to this soundtrack.
Like all great and origional music it is relaxing and exiting at the same time. This is one CD you can recommend without hesitation to anyone. Even if you have not seen the film, and I strongly urge you to do so, you will be stunned and appreciative of this magnificent work. This one is something really special and worth purchasing.......
on 11 April 2002
This is one of Zimmer's most beautiful and creative scores for any film! With his usual concentration on emotion rather than action, Hans Zimmer mixes his special blend of synthesizers with orchestral and vocal beauty to create a score more remeniscent of Ennio Morricone's score for "The Mission" than any of Zimmer's others. It is however evident of similar themes in scores such as "Gladiator", "The Pledge", and "The Thin Red Line". This is a must buy for any Zimmer fan and simply a stunning production of music by an amazing composer!
on 20 July 2010
Being a fan of Zimmer since the Backdraft days I could not resist buying this, at first it didn't impress me, it did not sound like Hans Zimmer but it has certainly grown on me.
Now two years later I rank Beyond Rangoon as his finest work.