Sunday, 30 September 2012

Luboš Fišer ‎– Valerie A Týden Divů (Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders) (1970)

Composer: Luboš Fišer

1. The Magic Yard 05:46
2. Talk With Grandmother 03:55
3. The Letter 01:07
4. The Sermon 02:56
5. Losing The Way 01:14
6. The Visit 02:13
7. The Work Of Death 01:02
8. Dinner 01:09
9. Dense Smoke 01:38
10. The Contract / The Wedding 01:49
11. The Punishment 01:09
12. Disquiet 01:36
13. Awakening 00:59
14. Brother And Sister 00:57
15. Sacrifice 02:15
16. The Letter 2 / Friends 01:52
17. In Flames 01:23
18. Puppets 01:40
19. Homeless 01:26
20. Questions And Answers 02:05
21. Confession 00:50
22. Forgiveness 01:28
23. And The Last 05:07

Release of the delicately haunting and sacred score to Jaromil Jires' essential 
Eastern European hallucinogenic-baroque-witch-flick 'Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders'.
Lubos Fiser provides what is perhaps the greatest musical score of all the maligned Czech New Wave feature-films 

with a gossamer-fragile blend of pastoral-orchestral folk songs and clockwork harpsichords. 
From the very first delicate chord to the final crescendo this joyous sound is as addictive 
as the bizarre imagery seen in this seldom celebrated cinematic gem.
Naturally the list of musical pioneers who freely confess their allegiance to the score 

verifies it's elevated place in contemporary pop. Birmingham's dedicated concrete-pop-psych combo Broadcast 
recently paid homage to the soundtrack on their 'Ha-Ha Sound' LP while groups such as Espers, Fursaxa and Marissa Nadler recently contributed to a live performance of the soundtrack as a homage to its unwaning influence on their music. 
Echoes of the score can also be heard in recent music by Vashti Bunyen and it has been cited as a huge influence 
to the likes of Tim Burton who based the carnival scene at the end of 'Big Fish' on the original film.
Previously unprepared for public consumption the immaculate release has been compiled in close accordance 

to the original storyline which was released in 1935 as a surrealist novel by Vladislav Nezval
The orchestral suites of music have been separated into 23 chapters with titles derived from the controversial novella.


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