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Die Nibelungen
(1966)
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1991 Overture
2001 Cobra 2CD
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed and Conducted by:
Rolf Wilhelm

Produced by:
Michael Klein
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Overture (Germany)
(1991)

Cobra Records (Germany)
(2001)
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The 1991 Overture album was a 500-copy release available only through international soundtrack specialty outlets. The 2001 Cobra set was more readily available, though primarily in Europe.
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Buy it... if you enjoy the romantic, lush, and brass-laden epic scores of Hollywood's Golden Age and would be interested in one of Germany's best entries in that genre.

Avoid it... if the scarcity of the score on album doesn't merit the slightly European flavor on the formula described above.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,273
WRITTEN 4/19/97, REVISED 5/29/06
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Die Nibelungen: (Rolf Wilhelm) One of the greatest legends and myths in the history of Germany has been the story of Siegfried the Warrior and the Nibelungen (or Nibelungs), a royal family maintaining a wealth of cursed magic gold. Dating back to the 13th Century, the epic combines pagan symbols with the courtly protocol of a Christian world, mostly dedicated to the notion of loyalty, fate, betrayal, and leadership. On film, the story has been produced a few times by German studios, including its most famous adaptation in the late 1960's. The time was right in the 60's for epics on film, and the German production of Die Nibelungen was so massive that it was divided into two separate pictures. While many of the large-scale sets, costume design, and musical score would mimic the styles of Hollywood's established norms for biblical productions, this Nordic tale also has some fantasy elements that would fit into early 1980's cinema, including dragons and sorcery. For American viewers, not many will recognize the cast or production crew, nor for that matter will they likely grasp the significance of the tale to the region. But one element that crosses all cultures is a classic epic score, and collectors around the world would be impressed by the dynamic range of Rolf Wilhelm's vast recording for the first film in the series, Die Nibelungen: Siegfried. Born in Bavaria in the 1920's, Wilhelm's career began in 1954 and ended in 1992, never straying too far from German cinema, and concentrating on mostly television scores in the 1980's and 1990's. His music does not get much recognition outside of Germany, though film score collectors in that nation will recognize him as one of the foremost artists the nation has ever produced in the genre. His scores for the two Die Nibelungen films would differ due to budgetary constraints, with the first score receiving the benefit of a full, 80-member symphonic ensemble and an accompanying choir. Wilhelm's epic style doesn't differ much from the Hollywood studio masters, maintaining the same melodramatic fanfares and lush themes typical to the genre.



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Average: 3.3 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1991 Overture Tracks   ▼Total Time: 66:16
• 1. The Legend (6:48)
• 2. The Fight Against the Dragon (5:11)
• 3. The Treasure (6:12)
• 4. Adventure on Iceland* (11:42)
• 5. The Battle* (3:18)
• 6. Ride of the Valkyrie (3:27)
• 7. The Duel* (5:15)
• 8. The Return and the Wedding* (5:20)
• 9. Dances* (2:08)
• 10. Stormy Night * (8:10)
• 11. Huntinghorns* (1:50)
• 12. Siegfried's Death (4:57)
• 13. Epilogue (1:54)
*includes music previously unreleased on the LP
2001 Cobra Set Tracks   ▼Total Time: 108:26

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NOTES AND QUOTES
Both albums' insert include extensive information about the scores and films, including commentary by Wilhelm on each track.
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