Total Time: (45:53)
Now that I've done enough raving about the main theme, I'm obliged to inform all that read this review that the greatness contained within this CD certainly doesn't stop there. New and memorable themes rear their heads in almost every track. Although all sound medievil, all but a couple of the themes are very light-hearted. The more noteworthy tracks are the one that include character themes, such as Knight Bowen's theme in "The Last Dragon Slayer" and the villain Einon's theme (BTW, I've never encountered a movie villain that I've despised more). I enjoy little silly segments such as the beginning of "Mexican Standoff" when Draco and Bowen meet in battle. Another little enjoyable segment is when Draco pretends to be injured by a spear and falls into a lake to fool villagers into believing that he has drowned. While hearing this score, the listener can't help but wonder if the great themes are ever going to stop coming. It's not until the last track that new melodies stop being presented.
Randy Edelman's use of synth with orchestra is probably the best I've heard from any composer. When the electronic sounds show up, they do not hinder the orchestral sound at all, but do wonders to enhance it, unlike James Horner's use of synthesizers in Titanic. The synth is noticeable in several places, greatly adding to the orchestral passages.
I've read several reviews for both the film and score for DragonHeart by people who absolutely hated the movie. I almost feel like I'm the only person in the world who appreciates it. Anyway, as always, the best way to experience this score is in the context of the film, however, there are many thematic segments drowned out that must be experienced on the CD. I don't just recommend this soundtrack, I order you to get it right now. If you don't, you'll be missing out on one of the greatest musical experiences that life has to offer.