Music from Kieslowski Films
Selected by Zbigniew Preisner
This is an anthology of some of the film music Preisner composed for Kieslowski's films, principally the 'Three colours Trilogy (Blue, White, Red), and the hauntingly enigmatic 'The Double Life of Veronique'. These were superb examples of European cinema, and Kieslowski died tragically young ('Requiem for my friend', Preisner's tribute to him, is well worth investigating, and a more complete and integrated body of work than this collection, obviously). Music is a very central element to these films, and some of these pieces, isolated from the film score, still are very impressive, with a wistful, haunted quality, and also influences of small 18th C. chamber orchestra. The excerpts from 'Red', and some of the 'Dekalog' and 'Double Life' selections are perhaps the most immediately appealing, but given the fragmented nature of the selection, it's probably more effective to 'sample' rather than attempt to listen to this as a whole. Worth exploring, though the 'Requiem' is the more satisfying journey.