Gladiator is hands down one of my all-time favourite films and the music to accompany the film helps capture the incredible atmosphere throughout the movie.
The original score and soundtrack is composed by the legendary Hans Zimmer and sung by Australian Contralto singer Lisa Gerrard. Interestingly enough many of the songs Lisa Gerrard has sung in her career are not sung in any language in-particular; instead she let’s her voice travel with the music and whatever sounds come out is what is recorded. Bon Iver uses a similar technique to this.
The soundtrack won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Academy Award when the film was released in 2000.
We all know the tragic yet triumphant ending of Gladiator set in the epic Colosseum and the last song, Now We Are Free, is the one that really pulls the heart strings.
Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard – Now We Are Free