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Wim Wenders' Film Music

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This marvel of a CD collects the music from a half-dozen movies directed by Wim Wenders: Penalty, The Scarlet Letter, Wrong Move, The American Friend, The State of Things, and Wings of Desire. All are scored by Jurgen Knieper in a decidedly modernistic but accessible manner, especially The American Friend and The State of Things, which transcend the minimalist approach favored by the composer -- those two soundtracks could easily have stood on their own as free-standing releases, with their appealing textures and melodies. The other scores represented are less directly accessible, but no less rewarding on repeated listening, and it's just a pity that the producers couldn't find a more commercial hook on which to hang this release (out of print as of 2008) so that it would have found a bigger audience.

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