Label: Virgin France
Cat No: 7243 841258-2


1. Loss (Eminent Domain)
2. Lake (Dekalog)
3. Beginning (A Short Film About Killing)
4. Decision (A Short Film About Killing)
5. Holocaust (Dekalog 8)
6. Nymphea (Dekalog 9)
7. Puppets (The Double Life Of Veronique)
8. Rain (The Secret Garden)
9. Walking Through The Garden (The Secret Garden)
10. Mary And Robin Together (The Secret Garden)
11. Colin Opens His Eyes (The Secret Garden)
12. Lava (Mouvements du Desir)
13. Love Story Lava (Mouvements du Desir)
14. Angel Falls (At Play In The Fields Of The Lord)
15. Damage (Damage)
16. Homecoming (When A Man Loves A Woman)
17. Battle (Europa Europa)
18. Dawn (Quartet in 4 Movements)
19. Labyrinth (Egyptian Opera)
20. Sky (Egyptian Opera)
21. The End (Three Colours White)
22. Finale (Three Colours Red)
23. Van Den Budenmayer (The Double Life Of Veronique)
24. Song For The Unification Of Europe (Three Colours Blue)
25. Loss (Eminent Domain)
Orchestra The Warsaw Symphony Orchestra & The Warsaw Chamber Chorus & Childrens' Chorus of the Krakow Philharmonic
Conductor Zdzislaw Szostak / Ryszard Zimak / Lidia Halon
Soloists Elzbieta Towarnicka - soprano
Piotr Lykowski - countertenor
Jacek Ostaszewski - recorder
Konrad Mastylo - piano
Jerzy Glowczewski - alto saxophone
Jerzy Klocek - cello
Wieslaw Kwasny - violin
Piotr Kwasny - violin
Anna Sikorzak-Olek - harp
Janusz Strobel - guitar

"I don't like going back and doing what I've already done, but I had to know whether my music 'sounded' as good without a film accompanying it. Did it stand up on its own two feet when removed from its cinematic context? To check this, I chose the Wieliczka salt mine, near Krakow: a secret, mysterious magical place 130 metres below ground. A unique atmosphere with exceptional acoustics.

The risk was great though: a subterranean symphony orchestra connected by 400 metres of cables to technical equipment on the ground above. Anything could have happened. Yet it all went incredibly well. I separated the music into five parts, which I chose in line with my tastes and instincts and which combined into a single 'suite'. I wanted to produce more than just a concert; I wanted to put on a musical show. The concert was indeed a rite, a 'mysterium'.

My audience and I felt that my music lived its own life, albeit entirely at my command. Far from the studios and the mixing rooms, I rediscovered the soul of the orchestra and, for the first time ever, I heard my music exactly as I imagined it. I will always remember the Wieliczka concert as a unique step forward in the pursuit of my artistic freedom."

Zbigniew Preisner

Recorded 130 metres below ground in the church of Wieliczka, Poland, excavated out of the abandoned salt mine of Cracovia.


Since 1994 Preisner has recorded and mixed all his major film scores and albums in his own studio, a state-of-the-art recording and mixing environment, fitted with the highest quality equipment.

2010 Wassa elazowa
Director: Krystyna Janda
Composer: Zbigniew Preisner

2010 Das Begräbnis
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Composer: Zbigniew Preisner

2008 Anonyma
Director: Max Färberböck
Composer: Zbigniew Preisner

2007 Un secret
Director: Claude Miller
Composer: Zbigniew Preisner

2007 Silence, Night and Dreams
Composer: Zbigniew Preisner

2006 Between Us and The Light
Composer: Leszek Moder

2005 The Time
Composer: Leszek Moder

2004 The Beautiful Country
Director: Hans Petter Moland
Composer: Zbigniew Preisner

2003 SuperTex
Director: Jan Schütte
Composer: Zbigniew Preisner

2003 Effroyables jardins
Director: Jean Becker
Composer: Zbigniew Preisner

2003 It’s All About Love
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Composer: Zbigniew Preisner

2003 Voices
Composer: Zbigniew Preisner

2002 Between Strangers
Director: Edoardo Ponti
Composer: Zbigniew Preisner

2000 Aberdeen
Director: Hans Petter Moland
Composer: Zbigniew Preisner

2000 Weiser
Director: Wojciech Marczewski
Composer: Zbigniew Preisner

1999 The Last September
Director: Deborah Warner
Composer: Zbigniew Preisner

1999 Dreaming of Joseph Lees
Director: Eric Styles
Composer: Zbigniew Preisner

1999 10 Easy Pieces for Piano
Composer: Zbigniew Preisner

1999 Moje koldy na koniec wieku
Composer: Zbigniew Preisner

1998 Requiem for My Friend
Composer: Zbigniew Preisner

1997 FairyTale: True Story
Director: Charles Sturridge
Composer: Zbigniew Preisner

1997 The Island on Bird Street
Director: Søren Kragh-Jacobsen
Composer: Zbigniew Preisner

1996 Corazón iluminado
Director: Hector Babenco
Composer: Zbigniew Preisner

1995 Radetzkymarsch
Directors: Axel Corti, Gernot Roll
Composer: Zbigniew Preisner

1995 Feast of July
Director: Christopher Menaul
Composer: Zbigniew Preisner

1995 Elisa
Director: Jean Becker
Composer: Zbigniew Preisner

1994 Kouarteto se 4 kiniseis
Director: Loukia Rikaki
Composer: Zbigniew Preisner

1994 Mouvements du desir
Director: Léa Pool
Composer: Zbigniew Preisner

1994 When a Man Loves a Woman
Composer: Zbigniew Preisner