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Stunningly Beautiful

I was searching for "Lacrimosa - Day of Tears" after hearing it in Terrence Malick's 'Tree of Life' and was dismayed that it wasn't available. So I'm extraordinarily grateful to see the full Requiem now available. This is a great work, that upon hearing for the first time had me convinced that it was a classical piece from centuries past. Goes to show that great talent truly is abound in our contemporaries. I look forward to hearing more from Mr. Preisner!

Good stuff

Known mostly for his film soundtracks in Europe and the USA, you could be forgiven if you don't know Preisner's three forays into concert music.

This work, written in response to the death of his friend and director K. Kieslowski and was his first concert work. Built in two parts- death and then Life, the former is rooted in the traditional Latin requiem mass, the latter leaning on an affirmation of the living.
This piece was very well received. Unfortunately the destiny for film composers who are not connected in the concert world is that their works aren't performed frequently. Preisner's requiem has been done from time to time, but it deserves more.
I can't say for sure, but I'm guessing this is just a re-release of the original Erato release.
In any case, it's a beautiful piece, highly recommended. And while you are at it, check out his 10 Easy Pieces for Piano. Less recommended is his Silence, Night, and Dreams.


Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Poland's preeminent contemporary film composer, Zbigniew Preisner was born May 20, 1955 in Bielsko-Biala; while studying history and philosophy at the University of Cracow he began writing music, and in 1981 scored his first picture, Antoni Krauze's Prognoza pogody. Krauze introduced Preisner to filmmaker Krzystof Kieslowski, with whom he enjoyed his most fruitful collaboration; beginning with 1985's Bez konca, the two worked together on a series of projects including the 1987 television miniseries...
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