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Tuesday, 17 April, 2001, 14:23 GMT 15:23 UK
Gladiator soundtrack joins classics
Gladiator
Gladiator soundtrack was beaten at the Oscars
The moving soundtrack to the Oscar-winning epic Gladiator has been installed in the Classic FM Hall of Fame as the highest new entry.

Hans Simmer's score was used throughout the Roman battle movie, giving it an incredible sense of drama.

The soundtrack went in at number 92 in the annual chart compiled by the music station.

More than 250,000 listeners were asked to list their favourite all-time classic pieces of music for the top 300 chart.

Taking the number one position was Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto, which featured in the romance Brief Encounter.

He knocked Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 in G off the top spot, where it had stayed for the past five years.

Drama and tension

The station partly puts Gladiator's triumph down to the "Russell Crowe effect".

Classic FM managing editor Darren Henley said: "The music played a huge part in creating the drama and tension in the film.

"This is an unprecedented success, and even more amazing for a score that was only recently released."

Zimmer was nominated for an Oscar for the soundtrack but was beaten to the gong by Tan Dun for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

J. Horner's Titanic Soundtrack was at number 290, although in previous years it has been as high as 72.

Mozart was the most featured composer in the poll, with 22 compositions in total, while Beethoven scored 19 entries.

The most popular British composer was Sir Edward Elgar at 10 entries, with his Cello Concerto in E minor the highest at number seven.

See also:

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