On to the battle. First up: the great man himself, Ennio Morricone conducting a full-scale orchestra complete with choir and all. (Unfair? Maybe. Chalk it up to composer's perks ;) )
Mr. Morricone, by the way, is reputedly coming back to the silver screen soon, and in a Western, no less, with Tarantino's The Hateful Eight (coming 2016).
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The challenger is another great, the (French? Chinese-American?) cellist Yo-Yo Ma, with a different arrangement (and sans choir) that highlights--of course--his cello.
Sadly, I couldn't find an actual video of Yo-Yo Ma playing. But if you close your eyes...
There you have it. A composer / conductor (arguably the best in showbiz today) and an incredibly gifted musician. I suppose this battle isn't so much about the performers as between the interpretations. I'm curious to see what you think. Leave me a comment with your vote, feel free to elaborate on the whys and wherefores (I heart long comments), and come back next Monday to check out the results (and my vote).
In the meantime, pay a visit to these other #BoTB participants; some pretty awesome face-offs, and fantastic bloggers.