Good Bye Lenin! CD (2004)

Artist: Soundtrack

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Product Overview


Label Virgin Records
SKU 60630334
UPC 724359160924
UPC 14 00724359160924
Format CD
Release Date 4/6/2004
Author Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Technical Info
CatalogID 5916092
Lable Name Virgin
Released 07/28/2003
Original Release 2003
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 38m : 57s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00724359160924
Album Notes and Credits
Original score composed by Yann Tiersen.
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).
Recording information: Studio Davout, Paris, France.
Photographers: Martin Kukula; Dirk Plamb?ck; Conny Klein; Emmanuel Bacquet.
Arranger: Yann Tiersen.
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
Disc 1
1 Summer 78 - Claire Pichet
2 Preparations For The Last TV Fake
3 Mother's Journey, A
4 Good Bye Lenin
5 Father And Mother
6 Lara's Castle
7 Childhood (1)
8 Deutsch Mark Is Coming, The'
9 Childhood (2)
10 Letters
11 Mother Will Die
12 Father Is Late
13 First Rendez-Vous
14 Dishes
15 I Saw Daddy Today
16 Decant Session, The
17 Watching Laura
18 Summer 78 - (TRUE instrumental)
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