Wings of Desire

Wings of Desire

     
 

Jurgen Knieper's haunting score does a good job of evoking the film's melancholy mood even without the accompanying visuals. The somber music is permeated by a deep sense of loneliness and romantic longing, which is expressed particularly well in the cello playing; although there is a risk that this music could become leaden or even somnolent, the individual tracks…  See more details below

Overview

Jurgen Knieper's haunting score does a good job of evoking the film's melancholy mood even without the accompanying visuals. The somber music is permeated by a deep sense of loneliness and romantic longing, which is expressed particularly well in the cello playing; although there is a risk that this music could become leaden or even somnolent, the individual tracks are short and varied enough to avoid this problem. The music tracks flow together well with each other and also with the spoken-word performances that are interspersed between them. It's unfortunate for non-German speakers that Peter Handke's text isn't translated on this album; however, the recitation by Bruno Ganz (who plays the lead in the film) of verses from Handke's "Song of Childhood" sounds great even if you don't know the meaning of specific words. Solveig Dommartin and Curt Bois also do a fine job of reciting Handke's text, but Dommartin's track may be a bit long (five minutes and 45 seconds) for those who are primarily interested in listening to the music. In addition to the spoken-word material and Knieper's score, the album also contains an interesting instrumental piece by composer/performer Laurent Petitgand, the appropriately titled "Zirkusmusik (Circus Music)"; selections by Nick Cave and Crime & the City Solution, who appear in the film and perfectly fit its mood; and songs by Laurie Anderson, Tuxedomoon, Sprung aus der Walken, and Minimal Compact, all of whom seem at home here.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Nonesuch
UPC:
0075597921021
catalogNumber:
79210

Related Subjects

Tracks

  1. Der Himmel Uber Berlin (Sky over Berlin)
  2. Lied Vom Kindsein (Second Childhood)
  3. Lied Vom Kindsein (Song of Childhood)
  4. Die Kathedrale Der Bucher (The Cathedral of Books)
  5. Der Sterbende Auf Der Brücke
  6. Potsdamerplatz
  7. Lied Vom Kindsein (Song of Childhood)
  8. Urstromtal (The Glacial Valley)
  9. Der Alte Mercedes (The Old Mercedes)
  10. Der Paranoide Engel (The Paranoid Angel)
  11. Lied Vom Kindsein (Song of Childhood)
  12. Marions Liebeserklarung (Marion's Declaration of Love)
  13. Schlusswort (Final Word)
  14. The Carny
  15. Zirkusmusic (Circus Music)
  16. Angel Fragments
  17. Six Bells Chime
  18. From Her to Eternity
  19. Some Guys
  20. Pas Attendre (Don't Wait)
  21. When I Go

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Laurie Anderson   Track Performer
Nick Cave   Harmonica,Vocals,Track Performer
Crime & the City Solution   Track Performer
Minimal Compact   Track Performer
Tuxedomoon   Track Performer
Simon Bonney   Vocals
Blixa Bargeld   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Mick Harvey   Organ,Bass,Piano,Celeste,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals,Xylophone
Kid Congo Powers   Guitar,Background Vocals
Thomas Wydler   Drums
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds   Track Performer
Roland Wolf   Piano
Bruno Ganz   Vocals,Track Performer
Harry Howard   Bass
Sprung aus den Wolken   Track Performer
Curt Bois   Track Performer
Solveig Dommartin   Vocals
Rowland S. Howard   Guitar

Technical Credits

Nick Cave   Composer,Producer
Crime & the City Solution   Producer
Colin Newman   Producer
Minimal Compact   Contributor
Tuxedomoon   Contributor
Simon Bonney   Text
Emmanuel Chamboredon   Producer,Concept
Flood   Producer,Engineer
Mick Harvey   Contributor
Wim Wenders   Producer
Eduard Meyer   Engineer
Tony Cohen   Producer,Engineer
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds   Producer
Anatole Dauman   Producer
Peter Handke   Text
Bryan Adams   Text
Sprung aus den Wolken   Contributor
Laurent Petitgrand   Composer
Jürgen Knieper   Contributor
Rowland S. Howard   Composer

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