TOM TYK­WER/JOHNNY KLIMEK/REIN­HOLD HEIL

Per­fume EMI ★★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - REVIEWS - Jo­ce­lyn Clarke

In 1998, Ger­man di­rec­tor Tom Tyk­wer in­vited techno pro­ducer Johnny Klimek and Rein­hold Heil (best known for pro­duc­ing Nena’s kraut pop an­them 99 Bal­loons) to form a band with him to write the score and songs for his art­house hit Run Lola Run. Seven years and two films later (The Princess + The War­rior and True) they re­unite again for Per­fume, Tyk­wer’s film ver­sion of the novel about an 18th-cen­tury se­rial killer. Per­formed by the Ber­lin Phil­har­monic (con­ducted by Sir Si­mon Rat­tle) and the State Choir Latvia, their be­guil­ing score com­bines mus­cu­lar or­ches­tral pas­sages and dy­namic chorales with shim­mer­ing puls­ing elec­tron­ica. From the men­ac­ing The Method Works and the thrilling The Per­fume to the brood­ing Gre­nouille’s Child­hood, Per­fume is at once evoca­tive (sly nods to Mozart), dra­matic and sur­pris­ingly ef­fec­tive. www.emi­clas­sics.com

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