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Soundtrack review: Weiser (Zbigniew Preisner – 1993)

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Soundtrack review: Weiser (Zbigniew Preisner – 1993)


The first track from Zbigniew Preisner’s Weiser made me instantly think of themes from Goran Bregovic’s “Time of the gypsies”. The instrumentation felt similar and brought back fond memories from one of my early favorite film scores.

“Weiser” is a moody, jazzy score condensed in 37 minutes. The cues are long and they give you time to appreciate their multi layered texture. The cues are like foggy and wet alleys in the middle of the night, leading to piers. Horns sound from time to time, like alarms, and they both startle you and guide you, before the soft jazzy mist surrounds you once again and reclaims this territory. Sometimes siren voices beckon in the background and make the music sound almost hypnotic.  “Dark side of the soul” is a deep and dark track, hiding a lot under an apparently jazzy surface.

“Weiser” is a dark and mysterious score that catches you like quicksand. The more you listen to it, the more tangled you get in its web of sounds and instruments. The main theme is very well defined, a luscious and slow piece that recurs all through the score. I have no idea what’s going on in the movie, but I don’t expect much good to happen. As the score ends, I am already thinking of specific moments in my life when I would like to hear it again…and I instantly listen to “Time of the gypsies”.

Cue rating: 71 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 10 / 21

Album excellence: 47%


Weiser Dawidek (2nd Scene) – Dark Side Of The Soul

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Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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