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.
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AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson
|Perfume, film score|