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Good Bye Lenin! CD 1 of 1

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Format: CD
Sku: 60630334
UPC: 724359160924
UPC 14: 00724359160924
Release Date: 4/6/2004
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Summer 78 - Claire Pichet ~ Original Soundtrack
2. Preparations For The Last TV Fake ~ Original Soundtrack
3. Mother's Journey, A ~ Original Soundtrack
4. Good Bye Lenin ~ Original Soundtrack
5. Father And Mother ~ Original Soundtrack
6. Lara's Castle ~ Original Soundtrack
7. Childhood (1) ~ Original Soundtrack
8. Deutsch Mark Is Coming, The' ~ Original Soundtrack
9. Childhood (2) ~ Original Soundtrack
10. Letters ~ Original Soundtrack
11. Mother Will Die ~ Original Soundtrack
12. Father Is Late ~ Original Soundtrack
13. First Rendez-Vous ~ Original Soundtrack
14. Dishes ~ Original Soundtrack
15. I Saw Daddy Today ~ Original Soundtrack
16. Decant Session, The ~ Original Soundtrack
17. Watching Laura ~ Original Soundtrack
18. Summer 78 - (TRUE instrumental) ~ Original Soundtrack

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Original score composed by Yann Tiersen.
Muze PNote Personnel: Yann Tiersen (violin, melodica, piano, vibraphone); Pascale Verne, Anne Laure Verne, No?mie Airiau, Nadia Kuentz, Isabelle Reynaud, Lelia Stahl, Mo?ra Le Luron Kressmann, B?atrice Meunier, Sylvie Dalmais, Sophie Perrot, Muriel Charbonnier, Ir?ne Nazarian, Isabelle Salelles, Sylvie Pinsello, Emmanuel Villemaux, Sissie Lhoumeau (violin); C?line Traversaz, Uliyana Vaccani, Genevi?ve Rigot, Anne Sophie Sim?and, Marie Elsa Bretagne (viola); Sabine Dubosc, Valerie Delhomme Lavigne, Annabelle Luis (cello); Dominique Eudeline (flute); Didier Reymond (bass clarinet); Myriam Constans (oboe); Laurent Bernard (bassoon); Michel Herbaux (trumpet); Pascal Torgue (trombone); Daniel Chambard (tuba); Pierre Perosino Gravallon (vibraphone); Jean No?l B?riat, Jean Marie Verne (double bass).
Muze PNote Recording information: Studio Davout, Paris, France.
Muze PNote Photographers: Martin Kukula; Dirk Plamb?ck; Conny Klein; Emmanuel Bacquet.
Muze PNote Arranger: Yann Tiersen.
Muze PNote More somber and subdued than his usual work, Yann Tiersen's score for Good Bye Lenin! makes the perfect audio counterpart for the film's bittersweet but often funny story, which revolves around a family living in Communist Germany and is told from the viewpoint of the son, Alex. The family undergoes a number of hardships, including the father's escape to the West and the mother's subsequent breakdown. After she recovers, she becomes a fanatic for the Communist regime, until she sees the police beat up Alex at a pro-democracy rally. The shock gives her a heart attack, after which she lapses into a coma; when she revives, the Berlin Wall has fallen. A doctor warns Alex that any more stress could kill her, so he and the rest of the family pretend that they are still living under Communist rule. While no score could convey all of that, Tiersen's music does reflect the hesitancy and delicacy of the family's plight should their illusion be broken, as well as the comedy and the drama that ensue when it seems close to falling apart. Most of the score is dominated by thoughtful, rippling pianos that conjure up rainy days, as well as strings, woodwinds, and brass that add to the airs of urgency and madcap humor that dominate the film and its music. "Summer 78" introduces the score's main theme, a winding melody that is as lovely as it is sad. The version of "Summer 78" that is graced by Claire Pichet's ice water-pure vocals, "Watching Lara," "First Rendez-Vous," "Lara's Castle," and "Good Bye Lenin" itself all return to this theme in various ways, lending more warmth or more coolness as necessary. "Dishes," on the other hand, is the first of the sharply quirky, nearly chaotic pieces that inject some humor into the score. "The Decant Session," "The Deutsch Mark Is Coming," and "Preparations for the Last TV Fake" follow suit, with the emphasis on brass and woodwinds changing from track to track. Still other pieces, such as "Childhood 2," "Letters," and "Mother Will Die" -- which uses shimmering vibes and excerpts of hushed dialogue in a particularly striking way -- aim at a deeper level of memories and sorrow; Tiersen's subtly but significantly shifting compositions are almost always quite moving, and Good Bye Lenin! is no exception. Despite being a rather lengthy score, some of the cues are so short that it's a little difficult to enjoy them fully. This is a minor complaint, though; Good Bye Lenin! is one of those rare scores that is just as affecting and cohesive outside of the movie theater as it is inside of it. ~ Heather Phares

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Pure Moods Iv
Muze Music Compilations Infinity

Associated Artists and Works

Original Soundtrack

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 07/28/2003
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2003
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 5916092
Music Label Name Label : Virgin
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00724359160924

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