One of Summer’s most highly anticipated blockbuster movies, Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” features original music by Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer and a first-time collaboration with the internationally acclaimed Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela. Walt Disney Records will release the soundtrack for “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” May 16, 2011.

“We’d always felt it a creative necessity that the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 4’ score have an original sound all its own to distinguish itself from the first three films. With the inspiring addition of Rodrigo y Gabriela’s unique artistry, under the direction of maestro Hans ‘Long John’ Zimmer, this iconic score franchise takes its next step forward with an imaginative, fresh and individual new sound,” says Mitchell Leib, President of Music and Soundtracks for the Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Group and Disney Music Group.

Hans Zimmer is one of the film industry’s most respected and sought-after composers with a career that encompasses more than 100 film and television scores. An Academy Award® winner for his score for ‘The Lion King’, Zimmer has also received eight additional Oscar® nominations for his work including ‘Inception’, ‘Sherlock Holmes’, ‘Gladiator’, ‘The Thin Red Line’, ‘Rain Man’, ‘As Good as It Gets’, ‘The Preacher’s Wife’ and ‘The Prince of Egypt’. Other recent credits include ‘Rango’, ‘The Dark Knight’ and ‘Batman Begins’. Among his many honors, Zimmer has also won two Golden Globes® and three Grammy Awards®.

Rodrigo y Gabriela are considered to be the premier guitar-playing duo in the world; they have sold over one million albums, sold out arenas and headlined festivals worldwide, and in 2010 they were invited to share the stage with Beyonce for a state dinner at the White House. The collaboration with Hans Zimmer is their first film score making it an exciting and defining moment in their career. Their willingness to explore musical expression and to embrace new sounds irrespective of fashion or trends, as well as their point blank refusal to be pigeonholed as any particular genre, is the very foundation of Rodrigo y Gabriela.

‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ original motion picture soundtrack will be available wherever music is sold on May 16, 2011. For more information on Rodrigo y Gabriela, please visit http://www.rodgab.com

Take a look at the music video below

Also, enjoy one of the many ‘making of…’ featurettes from the new movie.

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By Adam

Adam has been a fan of Disney since he was small. He runs the Disneybrit Podcast. He is also the author of several Disney books.

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