Preisner's scoring for films have been very successful with "The Double Life Of Veronika", and three albums of scores for "Three Colours Blue, White and Red", some reaching Platinum CD status by Poland's musical standards… another outstanding score was "The Last September", based on a novel by Elizabeth Bowen and brought to the screen by director Hector Babenco, beautiful and compelling music, and the unforgettable Agnieszka Holland's "Secret Garden". Let us look at the soundtrack at hand "ABERDEEN", from writer/director Hans Petter Moland finds our characters on the road to Aberdeen in Scotland… storyline is between father and daughter regarding their reconciliation as the prepare to visit her dying mother…
The ten one-hour Dekalog films are set around the same modern Warsaw apartment building. Each film deals with a theme - love, marriage, infidelity, parenthood, guilt, faith, compassion - exploring the relevance of one of the Ten Commandments, showing how people deal with moral dilemma in their everyday lives. The soundtrack for nine of the ten Dekalog films marks the point where the creative relationship and friendship between Preisner and Kieslowski first flowered and contains the seeds of much of Preisner's later work. (Kieslowski and Preisner decided that Dekalog X would not require an original music score). The music was recorded by Zbigniew Malecki and Aleksander Dowsilas at Radiowy Dom Sztuki Studio, Katowice.
Starring Irene Jacob as Veronique and Weronika, Kieslowski's La Double Vie de Veronique explores the subject of human fragility through a highly imaginative dual narrative, addressing the possibility that we each have a spiritual twin. Preisner's score contains some of his most well-known themes, particularly "Van den Budenmayer Concerto in E minor" and "Les Marionnettes".
Requiem for My Friend: (Zbigniew Preisner) In the mid-1990's, Polish composer Zbigniew Preisner was working on a collaboration with his close associate, director Krzysztof Kieslowski, and screenwriter Krzysztof Piesiewicz that would have produced the kind of massive operatic concert at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece that Vangelis and others had strived to create through the years. Their collaboration was quite fruitful, yielding the films and scores for the Colours Trilogy (Blue, White, and Red) as well as Dekalog and The Double Life of Veronique…
There are so many wonderful things to be said about Krzystof Kieslowski's "Three Colors Trilogy", not the least of which is the absolutely stirring music of his composer Zbigniew Preisner.Preisner is phenominal at capturing the story, the individual characters and the emotions portrayed.
"White" is the second in the trilogy. It is the story of Karol Karol(portrayed brillantly by Zbigniew Zamachowski), a pitiful man who is trying to win back the beautiful wife(Julie Delpy) who left him.It is drama, comedy, intrigue and romance all rolled into one great film and Preisner's music defines each scene perfectly.The music is recorded by "The String Sextet and The Zbigniew Preisner Light Orchestra" and Directed by Zbigniew Paleta.
The music that flows from this album is of the Gods. You don't have to see the film. Just play this and you will melt. The Concerto in track 5 still brings tears to my eyes even after many listens. It is also a key point in the film.
David Gilmour’s solo career hasn’t exactly been creatively restless; this is but the third album by the Pink Floyd guitarist, and first in 18 years. But that seemingly lackadaisical career ethos hasn’t prevented Gilmour from producing some of his finest work here, an album whose soaring, lyrical guitar lines will be familiar to Floyd fans, yet one also blessed by often surprising nuances and delicate musical textures. Gilmour’s Division Bell collaborator Polly Samson is credited with most of the writing, helping conjure a moody, texturally rich "island" that’s as much musical as it is personally and lyrically metaphorical. "Castellorizon," the impressionistic opening instrumental collage, presages much of what’s to come in subtle ways, with Gilmour’s emotionally-charged guitar lines climbing into realms usually staked out by contemporary Jeff Beck.
This boldly cinematic trio of stories about love and loss from Krzysztof Kieślowski was a defining event of the art-house boom of the 1990s. The films were named for the colors of the French flag and stand for the tenets of the French Revolution—liberty, equality, and fraternity—but this hardly begins to explain their enigmatic beauty and rich humanity. Set in Paris, Warsaw, and Geneva, and ranging from tragedy to comedy, Blue, White, and Red (Kieślowski’s final film) examine with artistic clarity a group of ambiguously interconnected people experiencing profound personal disruptions. Marked by intoxicating cinematography and stirring performances by such actors as Juliette Binoche, Julie Delpy, Irène Jacob, and Jean-Louis Trintignant, Kieślowski’s Three Colors is a benchmark of contemporary cinema. Krzysztof Kieslowski's Three Colors trilogy is rightfully regarded as one of the great triumphs of European Cinema. Named after the colors of the French flag and symbolizing the three French national principles - liberty, equality, and fraternity - Blue, White, and Red are mesmerizingly beautiful and profoundly moving films showcasing a director at the height of his power and artistry. Criterion's presentation of these three legendary films is enormously satisfying. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.