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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer [Soundtrack]

Tom Tykwer , Johnny Klimek , Reinhold Heil Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Composer: Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil
  • Audio CD (December 5, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B000K2UG7K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,139 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Prologue- The Highest Point (Berliner Philharmoniker)
2. Streets of Paris (Berliner Philharmoniker)
3. The Girl with the Plums (Berliner Philharmoniker)
4. Grenouille's childhood (Berliner Philharmoniker)
5. Distilling Roses (Berliner Philharmoniker)
6. The 13th essence (Berliner Philharmoniker)
7. Lost Love (State Choir Latvia)
8. Moorish Scents (Berliner Philharmoniker)
9. Meeting Laura (Berliner Philharmoniker)
10. The method works! (Berliner Philharmoniker)
11. Grasse in panic (Berliner Philharmoniker)
12. Richis' escape (Berliner Philharmoniker)
13. Laura's murder (Berliner Philharmoniker)
14. Awaiting Execution (Berliner Philharmoniker)
15. The Perfume (Berliner Philharmoniker)
16. The crowd embrace (Berliner Philharmoniker)
17. Perfume- distilled (Berliner Philharmoniker)
18. Epilogue- Leaving Grasse (State Choir Latvia)

Editorial Reviews

Germany's Tom Tykwer is among the rare directors who score their own movies (Charlie Chaplin, Clint Eastwood, and John Carpenter also belong to that small circle). Here, he and his regular collaborators, Johnny Klimer and Reinhold Heil (both boasting experience with... Nina Hagen!) have come up with a symphonic score performed by none other than Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker, with Absolute Ensemble founder Kristian Järvi conducting the State Choir Latvia. Alas, even Rattle and Järvi cannot make the score more than mildly pleasant--and ultimately unmemorable. Overall the vocal cues fare best: Soprano Chen Reiss shines on "Meeting Laura," for instance, a track that displays vague Philip Glass-esque echoes. Another highlight is the contribution of eerie-sounding boy soprano Victor de Maizière on "Laura's Murder." Elsewhere, the composing trio mercifully doesn't overdo the middle-oriental exoticism on "Moorish Scents," though the track does feature a glockenspiel--now officially the most overused instrument on contemporary soundtracks. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

Product Description

PERFUME tells the story of a man who is obsessed by the idea of creating the perfect perfume. The novel, by Patrick Süskind, was written in 1985 and has been translated into 45 languages, so far selling more than 15 million copies worldwide, making it the most successful novel of post-war German literature. The film boasts a top-class cast of international actors such as Ben Whishaw, Dustin Hoffman and Alan Rickman and up-and-coming talent Rachel Hurd-Wood, and an original soundtrack from the film's director Tom Tykwer, recorded by Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker and released exclusively on EMI Classics - the first soundtrack from this internationally acclaimed award-winning partnership.

The soundtrack, with its symphonic appeal reaching from airy and light sounds to majestically heavy motifs, manages with stylistic verve to make the world of odours downright tangible. The orchestra closely and cautiously follows in the steps of the plot, taking up the historical atmosphere of the 18th century and yet remaining entangled in the universe of olfactory attractions. The choir pieces, recorded in Riga by the National Choir of Latvia, lend a sacral and spherical aspect to many passages whilst the body of sound from the Berliner Philharmoniker produces soundscapes to indulge the senses. If the soul of a human is his odour, as Grenouille states in the film, then music is the heartbeat of the film.

Customer Reviews

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I really like this one February 10, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I'm totally puzzled by the negative tone of the "official" Amazon reviewer. This is really a very fine score, rather hard to categorize but certainly effective -- even when played out of the context of the movie -- with a certain darkwave or noir atmosphere that I find very appealing.

It's also rather amazing when you consider this is the same team that created the frenetically energized Eurobeat score for "Run Lola Run."
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfume to my ears January 29, 2007
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As soon as I saw the film, I fell in love with its beautiful, romantic, atmospheric music and ordered the soundtrack right away. It is as moody and exotic as the film as it follows the story of one of the most unusual and original characters ever created by fiction, focusing on his very well developed sense of smell, something almost in the super-hero genre, if it wasn't for the character's macabre obsession. The music to this thus, had to be a perfect translation in notes and chords, which is a tremendous task more than brilliantly achieved. Track after track of intoxicating beauty, as the most exquisite perfume. I'm surprised this hasn't attracted more attention than it deserves. For me, it's right up there with Herrmann's "Vertigo".
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intoxicating October 4, 2007
Format:Audio CD
One of the most BEAUTIFUL symphonic scores I have EVER heard. I can't stop listening to this music! It's so beautiful. The movie was strange, but the soundtrack is what kept it moving and alive for me. If you are a fan of classical music and love emotional scores at LEAST sample the songs here on amazon. This score is one of the best musical findings of my year so far! I love it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Music for a Great Film May 17, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Tom Tykwer, Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker did a brilliant job in navigating us emotionally through the film and showing us the depth of Grenouille's tormented soul. If you like Classical Music as well as Soundtracks in general, you'll be very, very pleased with this piece. It's beautiful. It's even breathtaking at some points! Buy it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisitely Beautiful November 16, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I agree with many people that "Perfume" is a very unique, unusual film/book (loved the movie, I still have to read the novel), the haunting, breathtakingly gorgeous soundtrack floored me upon first hearing it. While I am not the type of person who rushes out and purchases the score to every film I've ever seen, I knew I had to own this one. Intoxicating, lush, sensual, romantic, ethereal, emotional, and at times sinister, it captures perfectly the atmosphere of 18th century France, as well as the inner turmoil of the obsessed/tortured main character. I will listen to this score again and again when I want to drift away in my own thoughts, or jump start my creative muse. Among my favorite tracks are "The Girl with the Plums", "Distilling Roses", "Lost Love", "Meeting Laura", The Perfume", and the heavenly "The Crowd embrace"...but the whole disc is truly incredible, from start to finish.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes my breathe away February 23, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I have been listening to this soundtrack all over the internet. It makes the pit of my stomach flutter with emotion and my nerves twitch in a strange satisfaction.

So truly brilliant this soundtrack is.

So very perfect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb romantic underscoring for a unique film January 3, 2008
Format:Audio CD
PERFUME was one of the most original and unique pieces of literature written in the last half of the 20th century. The film which was released twenty years after the novel's publication was absolutely true to both the narrative and the mood of the work. It is an exceptional and incredibly unique work of art.

The romantic musical score is superb, at once langorous, sinister and mysterious - think Goldenthal's excellent mood score to INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE and you have the equivalent mood of it.

Scoring is primarily for horns and strings over harp glissandos with wordless choirs helping to draw you into the mysteries. MEETING LAURA is the high point musically for me.

No one has yet caught the bit of homage to ONE STEP BEYOND - the four note theme of that television series is stolen intact for THE GIRL WITH THE PLUMS.

One of the best scores of the current decade. The film deserved multiple Oscar nominations but was shut out for reasons I cannot fathom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a masterpiece December 9, 2007
Format:Audio CD
As I know, Stanley Kubrick claimed the book was unfilmable... Nonetheless, with this musical effort it has been proven that this great novel can be transferred into an astonishing music score that transports the listener to other dimensions.

I have attempted to read the book by using this soundtrack as a background musing... and it was mind-blowing...

A travel into the ocean of perfumes...

Excellent !!!!
Perfect !!!
Bravo !!!

Perfume - The Story of a Murderer - Original Soundtrack composed by Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimer & Reinhold Heil - Sir Simon Rattle, Berlin Philharmonic
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent music
Great music from a great movie.
Published 27 days ago by Ludwig Scheiffer
4.0 out of 5 stars Mysterious and Haunting...
As an artist, I love music that takes my mind along for a ride. I can only describe this music as mysterious and haunting....
Published 2 months ago by Dave Henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Ethereal and Haunting
People considering the purchase of this cd must be doing so because they've seen the film and, like many of us, now find themselves so entranced by the musical score that they... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Elizabeth M. Mccarthy
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
I watched Perfume again a few months back and noticed the beautiful music. I immediately ordered it and have been listening to it in my car for days. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Molly May
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and Spellbinding
I love listening to this soundtrack as I write. It conjures mythically dark alleys and deep longing. It's magnificent music to go with one of my favorite books of all time. Read more
Published on June 23, 2012 by Narcisse Navarre
5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly Beautiful
If you've seen this move, you'll love the soundtrack just as equally. Beautiful, melodic tracks will make you recall each scene you've heard them in. Read more
Published on June 23, 2009 by Cinsearae R. Santiago
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection
I am completely enthralled by this film score. The visuals and the music of the film compliment each other so perfectly and create the most amazing emotional experience. Read more
Published on November 2, 2008 by Irene L
5.0 out of 5 stars Drifting on a Cloud
I'm a movie score nut! There, I said it. And I have my favorites. "Perfume" is now among them, and I haven't even seen the movie (yet). Read more
Published on September 28, 2008 by Steven Blount
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting and Exquisite
Hauntingly rich, this soundtrack delivers a beautiful mixture of dramatically powerful and mystically sweet, dreamlike orchestral ambiance blended with piercingly clear choral... Read more
Published on July 7, 2008 by CDOI
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