Trevor Rabin – “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”

Album Reviews | By on Sep 6th, 2010

Record Label: Walt Disney Records
Genre: Film Score
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The Sorcerer’s Apprentice was the latest Disney movie that sort of failed at the box office. To me, the graphics didn’t look up to par with other films that have come out recently. The story also seemed kind of dumb but I’ll still give it a chance when it comes out on video. If you haven’t figured it out, the movie is based on that old Disney cartoon from Fantasia. And that Fantasia cartoon is based on the late 1890s symphonic poem by Paul Dukas and the 1797 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ballad.

Trevor Rabin doesn’t make as many scores as other rock turned film composers but I wish he would! This score is definitely up there with the rest of his notable scores like National Treasure, American Outlaws, Remember the Titans and Armageddon. The opening title track starts off with the classic motif from Sorcerer’s Apprentice and then goes into a fury of different other themes. When listening to this score, I could sense they used temp tracks from Pirates of the Caribbean, Armageddon and National Treasure. I love hearing the guitar parts of the score, which is obviously a highlight since that’s what Trevor Rabin is, a guitarist from Yes. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice score is very action-packed, using computerized elements along with chanting and other stuff you’d usually hear in a Jerry Bruckheimer produced movie. If you enjoyed listening to other Rabin scores, you’ll really appreciate this one!

Bottom Line: One of Trevor Rabin’s best, even though it borrows from other scores.
Notable Tracks: Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Dave Revives Balthazar, Morgana fight, Sorcerer’s Apprentice Suite
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