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Stella, Ein Leben
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: Peter Hinderthür
Label: Plaza Mayor Company Ltd
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 09 January 2024

The original score for Stella, Ein Leben, composed by Peter Hinderthür, is released via Plaza Mayor Company Ltd. Inspired by the true story of Stella Goldschlag, the movie follows Stella as she grows up in Berlin during the rule of the Nazi regime. She dreams of a career as a jazz singer, despite all the repressive measures she is forced to go into hiding with her parents in 1944, her life turns into a culpable tragedy. Tortured and threatened with deportation, the young German Jew Stella is forced into a fateful tragedy: She begins to track down fellow Jews in hiding. From September 1943 until the end of the war, Stella Goldschlag delivered hundreds of fellow Jews to the Gestapo...

Peter Hinderthür delivers a collection of bitter sweet, melancholic themes on this 11 track (27 min, 42 sec) album. It's a memorable score with so many wonderfully intricate segments of music to get behind.

If, like me, you love reflective, melancholic music, then tracks like 'Star der Greifer', 'Bonnie und Clyde', 'Zurück im Leben' and 'Lost in Berlin' are pieces you'll want to instantly add to your favourite playlist. The closing 'The Garden', which is a beautiful piece, rich in themes, reminded me of John Williams' subtle music for the closing act of Jaws.

I got so much out of this score, and enjoyed reviewing it so much, that I listened to it - and kept on relistening to it - well past the usual deadline I give myself.

A beautiful, intricate score with numerous layers.


Darren Rea

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