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The visuals of Planet Earth II are so breathtaking, you’d be forgiven for missing another awe-inspiring element of the show, and that’s it’s dramatic soundtrack.

It’s taken ten years to make the follow-up series to 2006’s Planet Earth, a landmark show, and in that time the producers have worked with only the very best.

And when it comes to soundtracks, the very best is Hans Zimmer, the composer responsible for more than 150 movie soundtracks in his 40-year career, including an Oscar-winning score for The Lion King, Gladiator, and The Dark Knight Trilogy.

He joined co-composers Jacob Shea and Jasha Klebe of Bleeding Fingers Music on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night (February 14), where they performed the theme to Planet Earth II. We think you’ll agree, it’s pretty stunning:

Planet Earth II premieres on BBC America this Saturday (February 18), 9/8c. We recommend watching each episode twice: once, to be blown away by the sight of our planet’s wildlife in all its glory, and then a second time, with eyes closed, to really appreciate the music.

What’s your favorite TV soundtrack? 

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.