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Duell Der Brueder by Frederik Wiedmann (Review)

posted May 31, 2016, 2:30 AM by Michael Hollands

I started taking notice of young German composer Frederik Wiedmann's music when his fantastic score for Field Of Lost Shoes was released. It is a great album and it was one of my favorites of 2014. I think he is a very talented composer who can add quite a lot to the world of film scoring.

This year the German TV film Duell Der Brueder was broadcast. It tells the story of two brothers who started manufacturing gym shoes back in the days. Ultimately, the names Adidas and Puma would become a huge brand. Frederik Wiedmann scored the German TV film and when I found out he was going to write the music, my expectations went up immediately. The album starts with “Endspiel und Main Title”. It is the longest cue and one of the best pieces of the fifty-minute album. The composer used a modern as well as traditional sound and he delivered a really emotional cue. The theme is heard quite a few times and it was used and reprised in a clever way. In the second cue, for instance, the theme returns for a brief moment. It is a short piece of music, as a matter of fact, many cues on the album are rather short. Yet, this never really bothered me in this case, since I was really into the music. The emotional approach and musical story-telling really appealed to me. The sound of the entire score is really accessible and it never becomes intrusive or difficult to listen to. There is always a very good balance between electronic and more traditional sounding elements. Piano, guitar, synth and string instruments were utilized and incorporated really well here. In cues like “Am See” the music feels lighthearted yet emotional. “Ich Will Nur Gold” has a great cello and string arrangement and is easily one of the best tracks of the entire album.

The album features thirty cues and clocks in at fifty-five minutes. Like I initially said, there are many rather short pieces, yet this did not distract me in this particular case. The album presentation really appealed to me. The opening cue, as well as “Das Wunder von Bern”, “Zusammenbruch” or “Kinder und Soldaten” represent some of the absolute highlights. The music feels well-balanced and it is filled with heart and emotion. Frederik Wiedmann did a really good job and I am looking forward to many more scores written by him!