The Music of BatmanFrom the thrilling opening notes of Danny Elfman’s original Batman theme to the final moments of the now-comedically retro “Batman” TV Theme, the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra’s all-Batman album - simply titled “The Music of Batman” -exquisitely captures the essence of the caped crusader throughout his years of big (and small) screen appearances. Though almost half of the music is from Danny Elfman – with six tracks coming from the original Batman and one (Batman Returns – End Titles) coming from the sequel, the orchestra’s chosen pieces clearly illustrate how powerfully Elfman’s composition work affected the Batman scores that came after him. Each piece is moving and impressive in its own right, with the orchestra beautifully playing back music we’ve all grown to recognize over the years, but with a slightly darker and fuller sound than a standard score would have. This has incredible effect on the more contemplative tracks, such as the James Newton Howard/Hans Zimmer Batman Begins piece “Eptesicus” which takes us on a rich, thoughtful journey before ending on a decidedly high note.  The addition of background vocalists on the “End Titles” track from Batman Returns - an almost five minute piece – help to bring out the gothic nature of Elfman’s music and give the piece a life of its own. For Batman fans young and old, this is an exploratory album that is not to be missed. Whether you enjoy the music from the animated films, the Tim Burton films, or the revamped Christopher Nolan epics – or any of the other various incarnations of Batman, for that matter – there is music to enjoy and appreciate here.

The 44 minutes of music included in this album covers Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm”, “Batman: Gotham Knight”, Batman: The Movie, and the “Batman” TV show.

Zach’s Rating: 9 (out of 10)

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