I have always been attracted to the music of composer Zbigniew Preisner, his scores for FAIRYTALE A TRUE STORY, WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN attributes of Ennio Morricone, I think it was THE SECRET GARDEN that was the first score of his I ever heard by the composer, it was a film that was shown on channel 4 in the UK and was introduced by David Puttnam, who did refer to the composer as the new Morricone. THE SECRET GARDEN for me at times evoke the fragility and the melodic artistry of Morricone in places, but then we hear a style and a sound that can only be that of Preisner. It is a distinct an alluring sound that the Maestro weaves and also one that after listening to lingers long within your sub-conscious.

Caldera records are about to release the composers score for the 2015 movie ANGELICA, as we many of his other scores we can hear a lightness and also a overwhelming sense of emotion and poignancy, but this is tale that is dark and chilling, and the composer brings into play a suitably ominous sound that creates foreboding and unsettling atmospheres. Directed by Michael Lichtenstein, ANGELICA is based upon the novel by author Arthur Phillips which was first published in 2007. The story is set in Victorian England and conveys the tale of a young woman Constance who falls in love with a successful scientist. After they marry and eventually have a baby girl, who they name Angelica. During the birth Constance comes close to death and is told by her doctor that she can no longer have sex and risk having another child because she would most certainly die and leave her daughter without a Mother. Constance becomes depressed and falls into darkness and despondency. As she becomes more and more on a downward path with this depression Constance becomes even more protective of her daughter, attempting to shield her from a sinister ghostly predator that begins to make its way through the house late at night. ANGELICA is a mesmerising ghost story which deals with, desire, repression and all the consequences that both entails. Preisner’s, score is not filled with themes for each individual character, instead the composer charts the story and supports the unfolding drama and underscores it with various themes that are effective and affecting.

The score has to within it’s make up dark sounding passages, which although melodic are chilling and unnerving, there is also  a tense but melodic mood that lingers throughout, the music is at times sophisticated and graceful underlining and supporting the period in which the story is set. There is a simple and delicate sound to this score, which is attractive, mysterious and beguiling. The compact disc is the 38th Caldera release, and it is a release that you should own.



zbigniew_preisnerAt one time referred to by film maker David Puttnam as a new Ennio Morricone, Zbigniew Preisner was born in 1955. He is thought of as Poland’s leading composer of film music and also has gained much respect and recognition throughout the world for his emotive and melodic works for cinema. For a number of years the composer enjoyed a fruitful collaboration with his long time friend and film maker Krzysztof Kieslowski and together with scriptwriter Krzysztof Piesiewicz the trio of artists worked on films such as DEKALOG,THE DOUBLE LIFE OF VERONIQUE,THREECOLOURS,WHITE,THREE COLOURS BLUE AND THREE COLOURS RED which garnered them global acclaim. The composer also worked with many respected film makers these included Hector Babenco on AT PLAY IN THE FIELDS OF THE LORD, Louis Malle on DAMAGE, Luis Mandoki on WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN, Charles Sturridge on FAIRYTALE-A TRUE STORY and Agniesza Holland on THE SECRET GARDEN. Preisner graduated from the Jagiellonian University in Krokov, where studied history. Initially Preisner had no intention of becoming a composer, and showed very little interest in music as a whole. It was not until he started his studies at the University that he began to take an interest in the subject. Preisner received no formal musical education, but taught himself the basics of composing etc. In the mid-to-late 1970,s he began to write music which was mainly for the theatre. He received much support and encouragement from already established composer Zygmunt Konieczny. During the last few years of the 1970’s Preisner worked on numerous theatre productions and in 1982,received his first commission to compose the music for a motion picture, this was  BATTLEFIELDS which was directed by Atoni Krauze. But it was not until 1984 when he began his collaboration with Director Krzysztof Kieslowski that the composer’s career really began to take off. He is still very active in the composition of film music and also has written many works for concert hall performance.