Silence, Night and Dreams

September 18, 2007 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 3, 2007
  • Release Date: September 4, 2007
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • Copyright: (C) 2007 EMI Records Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 59:23
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  • ASIN: B000YQ812O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,806 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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It is spacious music.
A Reader
I especially like the title track that again, I first heard while reading at bedtime.
R. Gibson
I found this CD while looking for the soundtracks to the films Blue, White and Red.
Kevin Maze

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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on December 3, 2007
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This is late-night music. Light a fire, a candle, turn off the lights, then settle back to listen. I think it's very moving music indeed. You yourself might not be moved, but you will be transported.

Listeners might be most familiar with composer Zbigniew Preisner through his association with the great filmmaker Krzystof Kieslowski (The Three Colours trilogy of "White," "Blue," and "Red"; "Double Life of Veronique," etc.); or perhaps through his classic impassioned tribute to that director, "Requiem For My Friend;" or perhaps his "10 Easy Pieces for Piano."

His work is always lyrical, harmonic, atmospheric and evocative, never overwrought. He seems to me to use music not so much for background but as nudge.

"Silence, Night & Dreams" is primarily contemplative music, much like the Biblical Book of Job which it quotes and has as its inspiration. A bit of melancholy, yes, though a lot comforting. Through his art and skill, Preisner has made us a gift.

The sound is orchestral and choral, a bit churchlike, with angelic soprano work by Teresa Salgueiro (of Portugal's Madredeus) (sorry about the cliché, but here it's so apt). It is spacious music. Not at all lush, but rich -- made with room for a listener to actually experience silence, night and dreams.

The CD starts with the sound of a crackling fire, and so begins an audio experience of contemplation that's much like staring into a blazing hearth. Straight into the hearth of the matter. Winter night music. For a time when there's no more work to be done, no more "doing."

But is it all just atmosphere -- "mood music"? I sure don't think so, and anyone familiar with the work of Preisner (and obviously what he did with Kieslowski's films) wouldn't expect so.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Odell on January 12, 2008
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This simple but gloriously sublime music got me through the holidays. I first heard this music on Hearts of Space and knew I had to hear more, so I purchased this CD on Amazon. I will track down any and all music composed by Zbigniew Preisner. His misic calls to me - which is what music is all about after all.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Trottin'-Butterz on January 9, 2009
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Preisner's personal and intimate orchestrations have never been better, more atmospheric, or more touching than they are here. This is the first album that I've been taken aback by in a loooong time; it's absolutely perfect in every way. The vocalist doesn't over-do himself and fits the tones without drawing away from them. As others have mentioned, this is a "small moment" album that works best by yourself in a quiet, intimate setting. I don't know much about the mechanics of music, but this album does what it intends to do without using the listener as a mere tool.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Maze on January 4, 2010
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I found this CD while looking for the soundtracks to the films Blue, White and Red. Zbigniew Preisner's music in those films were hauntingly beautiful; this album elevates that feeling. Using voice as well as music, Preisner's album takes the listener to a place most music does not. That may sound a little hokey, but the music is very ethereal; we listen to it, but it carries us. Sample the tracks. If you like what you hear, get the entire album. You will not be disappointed; you will be rewarded.
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