Recording information: Remote Control Productions.
Arrangers: Dave Fleming; Max Aruj; Andrew Christie; Jasha Klebe; Gary Dworetsky; Steve Mazarro; Satnam Ramgotra.
There are few stories as epic as those contained within the Bible, so it should come as no surprise that the History Channel's five-week, ten-hour television mini series of the same name would tap a veteran composer of countless epics, Hanz Zimmer, to provide the score. Bolstered by Dead Can Dance vocalist Lisa Gerrard and Scottish composer/Zimmer understudy Lorne Balfe, Zimmer's take on biblical times is similar to the one he took on 2006's Da Vinci Code (that film's lovely and expansive "CheValiers de Sangreal" seems to be the springboard for many of the Bible's themes), deftly balancing heavenly choral arrangements and circular melodies with explosive action cues, resulting in a score that's about as subtle as the parting of the red sea. ~ James Christopher Monger