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Based on the novel “The Futurological Congress” by Stenislaw Lem (1971), this futuristic partial animated film explores the stakes of our digital world, its dehumanisation and man’s obsession with chemical substances.  

Max Richter composed for “The Congress” a wonderful dreamlike classical score, which perfectly fits the animated, dreamy and hallucinogenic mood of the picture.  In addition, there are two classical pieces by Schubert (“Trio in E-Flat Major, D. 929”) and Chopin (“Nocturne Op. 27/1 in C# minor) along with two marvellous covers of Robin Wright performing Leonard’s Cohen “If It Be Your Will” and Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young”.  


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8/10 Phil Staff review, 04 July 2014

Max is back! It’s been a busy ole year for Max with the Retrospective set and the Recomposed work of the ‘Four Seasons’ and now here’s a soundtrack to  ‘Le Congrels’ which is a partial animated film based on the novel ‘The Futurological Congress’ by Stenislaw Lem.

The music is all original compositions by Max except the two Schubert and Chopin covers which are likely to be only two Schubert and Chopin covers you’ll hear this year and there’s also two tracks by Robin Wright performing Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan covers. The original tracks by Max Richter are gorgeous strings and piano affairs with lush electronic arrangements. ‘Winterreise’ is a classic piece of melancholy bursting with emotion and it’ll make you cry all the way down your face. As will ‘In Her Reflection’ which put simply into one word is ‘beautiful’.

There’s a couple of odd tracks on here, namely 'On The Road To Alabama 1 and 2 '(neither of which are included in the film?). The former is clearly influenced by Kraftwerk and it’s a banging piece of electronic music. Not what you’d expect at all but it works! Part 2 is a psychedelic rock monster with drums falling down the stairs and swirly keyboards. It’s over quickly and then you’re back into more neo classical territory!

Anyway this is a great soundtrack. The two Robin Wright tracks ruin the flow for me, I’m sure they work great in the film but listening to the album as a whole I wanted to skip past them, but hey that’s just me!


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