Das Boot (Musik zum Film)
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It was a good thing Klaus Doldinger was offered this opportunity: to write a score for a German film utilizing all the various forms of his musical training. His groundbreaking jazz-rock fusion band Passport had become mired in the muck of schlocky feel-good instrumentals that didn't even register with his most ardent fans anymore, and he had lost his music direction. Enter director Wolfgang Peterson who was a Doldinger fan and recruited him to write a score for his WWII epoch about the war in the ocean. Doldinger apparently felt it was a gift from the heavens because he put everything he'd forgotten into creating a soundtrack that was every bit as fine a piece of work as the film it accompanied. Utilizing a few key players, such as Herbert Gronemeyer, Klaus Wennermann, and Jurgen Prochnow, old mates from the fuzak days, Doldinger fashioned a score that felt more like a symphony than a soundtrack. In his episodic moments where merely incidental music was called for, Doldinger composed mini-epochs of motion and emotion. His subtle yet profound use of synthesizers as well as a symphony orchestra and the classical guitar created an atmosphere that made the footage under the sea tense and suffocating, full of the kind of adrenaline-pumping wonder Peterson's narrative called for. In the more driven parts of the score where battle is to be engaged, Doldinger offers simultaneous portraits of horror and grandeur as his strings become the pulse of approaching death and his horns and synths become the courageous, fearless, steely eyed gaze into its face. There are no moments of filler on this soundtrack, made longer by the fact that it now accompanies Peterson's director's cut issued in 1998. Make no mistake, Das Boot is high cinematic art, but Doldinger's score, while it is inseparable from the film's narrative, is a stunning and moving work of art on its own.
Born: 12 May 1936 in Berlin, Germany
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s
Top Albums and Songs by Klaus Doldinger
||Titel||Das Boot||3:46||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Comin Home Baby||Doldinger's Best||2:36||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Das Boot||Das Boot (Die Original Filmmusik)||3:44||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Auslaufen||Das Boot||1:11||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||U 96||Das Boot||2:30||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Fiesta||Doldinger's Best||4:51||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||September Song||Blind Date||4:51||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Blue Circle||Blind Date||5:26||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Das Boot (Single-Version)||Das Boot||3:17||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Mon Gars||Das Boot||2:33||0,99 €||View In iTunes|