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Three Colours Blue - Movie Soundtrack
This is a wonderful and breathtakingly haunting soundtrack to the 1994 film Three Colours Blue, the first of a film trilogy on France's national motto: Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity.
The importance of music in this film was similar to that of a lead actor; the film couldn't have existed without it. It is for this reason that I purchased the soundtrack on CD from Virgin about ten years ago.
I couldn't imagine anyone buying this soundtrack without having watched the film first. Being familiar with the situation in which each track is played gives a great depth to and appreciation of the music.
The music is composed by Zbigniew Preisner. It was recorded by Sinfonia Varsovia in Warsaw and directed by Woljciech Michniewski. Performers include The Silesia Philhamonic Choir, soloists Beata Rybotycka and Elzbieta Towarnicka, flautist Jacek Ostaszewski and pianist Konrad Mastylo.
As demonstrated by the track lengths below, some pieces are short snippets and others are longer than first expected. All the soundtrack's pieces are symbolisms. These are well detailed elsewhere.
The tracks and running times are:
Song for the Unification of Europe (Patrice's Version) - 5:13
Van Den Budenmayer-Funeral Music (Winds) - 2:02
Julie-Glimpses of Burial - 0:30
Reprise-First Appearance - 0:34
The Battle of Carnival and Lent - 0:56
Reprise-Julie with Olivier - 0:49
Ellipsis 1 - 0:20
First Flute - 0:50
Julie-In Her New Apartment - 1:45
Reprise-Julie on the Stairs - 1:05
Second Flute - 1:16
Ellipsis 2 - 0:20
Van Den Budenmayer-Funeral Music (Organ) - 1:59
Van Den Budenmayer-Funeral Music (Full Orchestra) - 1:47
The Battle of Carnival and Lent II - 0:42
Reprise-Flute (Closing Credits Version) - 2:19
Ellipsis 3 - 0:22
Olivier's Theme-Piano - 0:36
Olivier & Julie-Trial Composition - 2:01
Olivier's Theme-Finale - 1:38
Bolero-Trailer For 'Red' Film - 1:08
Song For The Unification Of Europe (Julie's Version) (Film) - 6:48
Closing Credits - 2:04
Reprise-Organ - 1:09
Bolero-'Red' Film - 1:28
My three favourite tracks are the first and third, which are also the longest at over five minutes and the 18th. The first and third are different versions of The Song for the Unification of Europe which was based on the Greek text of 1 Corinthians 13, and plays a dominating role in the film's story. The 18th - Olivier's Theme Piano - includes conversation in French. I particularly enjoy each of these as they are the epitome of the film and demonstrate a wide range of instruments, pitch and volume.
I've written this review in the hope that perhaps one more person might discover this gem.
Buy it - it's wonderful!