In April, legendary composer Hans Zimmer will kick off his first-ever US tour, which includes an appearance at Coachella. In anticipation, he visited the Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Valentine’s Day for a rare late-night TV appearance.
Zimmer performed music from his original score to BBC America’s Planet Earth 2. He was accompanied by a full orchestra featuring Jasha Klebe and Jacob Shea, both of whom worked with him on The Dark Knight trilogy as well as the nature documentary series. Stationed centerstage behind an unassuming keyboard, Zimmer led his fellow musicians in a stunning performance of the show’s title score. It’s a song that’s all about epic rises, and even cramped on the Late Show stage, its presentation was truly stirring. If this is the type of feeling Zimmer can induce with just one piece of unfamiliar music, watching him perform the scores to Gladiator, Pirates of the Caribbean, and — one can only hope — The Rock on tour is going to be an absolutely exhilarating experience.
Replay the performance above.
Meanwhile, Planet Earth 2 premieres on BBC America on Saturday, February 18th.