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Comments about the soundtrack for Die Nibelungen (Rolf Wilhelm)

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Rolf Wilhelm
• Posted by: JH   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Thursday, November 2, 2006, at 9:20 a.m.
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Thanks for this review, I think Rolf Wilhelm is an underrated composer who wrote really great film scores to some movies even people in Germany do not know. “Die Nibelungen” is a powerful epic score and the Island sequence is one of the best scored scenes in German film music history (certainly IMO).

At the moment the German CD label Alhambra started a CD series dedicated to Rolf Wilhelm. Up to today there are three releases, each release contains two scores: Vol. 1 with music from “Tarabas” and “Hiob” – Vol. 2 with music from “Flucht ohne Ende” and “Radetzkymarsch“ (Bonus: a suite from “Don Carlos”). Vol. 3 was just released with two more great scores: “Heiden von Kummerow” and “Via Mala”.

Here you will not only find a review in German language, but much more at the end of the site long soundclips:

If someone is interested in the film music by Rolf wilhelm and wants to start with just one CD, I would also like to recommend the Bear Family Sampler “Great German Film Composers Folge 4”:

I wrote this text, because I think more people should know about Wilhelm who is one of my favorite German film composers.

Finally a short comment about the cast. The author of the review wrote: “For American viewers, not many will recognize the cast”. I think the cast is more popular in the USA than it seems after the first look. Three examples: Mario Girotti (Giselher) is better known as Terence Hill, Karin Dor (Brunhild) was a Bond-girl (“You only live twice”) and Herbert Lom (Etzel) for example is very popular because of his role as Chief Insp. Charles Dreyfus in the Pink Panther series.

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