Perfume: The Story of a Murderer [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Simon Rattle

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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] Review

by Blair Sanderson

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer is the 2006 soundtrack album by Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic, which was recorded for the Tom Tykwer film based on the novel by Patrick Süskind. The music of Perfume is generally slow, soft-edged, and atmospheric, with many soaring choral passages performed by the State Choir, Latvia, under the direction of Kristjan Järvi, with vocal solos by soprano Chen Reiss and boy soprano Victor de Maizière. Tykwer, along with his collaborators Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil, created the score, which is stunningly effective in the context of the film, but perhaps a little too formless and ephemeral for private home listening, except as inobtrusive background music. Still, as a score that is meant to evoke the fleeting impressions of aromas and to paint the portrait of the perfumer Grenouille, the music is mysterious and haunting and has become quite popular with fans of the movie.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Perfume, film score
1 Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Simon Rattle 01:51 Amazon
2 Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Simon Rattle 03:11 Amazon
3 Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Simon Rattle 05:27 Amazon
4 Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Simon Rattle 05:16 Amazon
5 Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Simon Rattle 01:52 Amazon
6 Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Simon Rattle 02:29 Amazon
7 Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Simon Rattle 01:45 Amazon
8 Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Simon Rattle 05:15 Amazon
9 Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Simon Rattle 04:14 Amazon
10 Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Simon Rattle 03:32 Amazon
11 Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Simon Rattle 05:33 Amazon
12 Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Simon Rattle 04:30 Amazon
13 Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Simon Rattle 03:06 Amazon
14 Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Simon Rattle 03:06 Amazon
15 Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Simon Rattle 05:32 Amazon
16 Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Simon Rattle 03:04 Amazon
17 Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Simon Rattle 07:12 Amazon
18 Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Simon Rattle 03:01 Amazon
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