5.0 out of 5 stars
Five Stars are Not Enough, May 20 2011
My introduction to Bruno Coulais came innocuously enough. I finally got around to listening / hearing the soundtrack - "Winged Migration". I found that the instrumentals were absolutely beautiful and truly inspired; and the vocal tracks - outstanding and haunting. No duds - no filler.
I was impressed enough that I sought out and purchased the film. The movie is probably the most beautiful film I have ever or will ever see; and although the soundtrack can exist very nicely on its own merits, the film could not succeed without it. This is true of any great film, I do realize, but absolutely essential in this case as there is very little actual dialogue in the movie.
This was the first time in my life, I think, that I had first heard a soundtrack and then viewed the film; instead of the other way around. I, next purchased this double disc retrospective of his to discover what other wonders Bruno was capable of producing. I was simply blown away. He gives us 44 songs from two dozen or so films that he has scored and every one is good, with some attaining a status that only gods could compete with. Your choices may differ from mine, but that just speaks to his creative diversity and attention to the detail of the film that he is composing for.
Since then, I have purchased every reasonably priced soundtrack on CD and movie on DVD that I could find - with his name on it - and have as of yet to be disappointed with any of them. I have also either seen and / or heard - "The White Planet", "Don Juan", "The Boy Who Wanted To Be A Bear", "Harrison's Flowers", "Chorists", "Microcosmos", "Himalaya", and will be watching "Genesis" and "The Crimson Rivers" soon. I defy you to resist the power of his musical magic.
This compilation was released in 2008 and since then I bet he has composed another 10 or more soundtracks including "Coraline" and "The Secret of Kells" - both of which I also enjoy a lot. The man is not only a creative genius - he is also extremely prolific.
I love a good soundtrack - obviously - eh ? John Williams, Howard Shore and Karl Jenkins spring to mind as being some of the best in the world; but now I have a new artist to bring along to my desert island and his name is Bruno Coulais.
Start your journey with this album or "Winged Migration" and go from there, but do yourself a favour and just START