Burkhard Von Dallwitz

Dallwitz has gained international recognition as a film composer since the late 1990's, starting with his contributions to the soundtrack of Peter Weir's The Truman Show...but a more complete and cohesive statement than any of his soundtracks is his outstanding lone solo album Worlds Apart (1994), recorded and released before his film scoring career took off.

artist:
Burkhard Von Dallwitz

country of origin:
Germany/Australia

style(s):
Soundtrack, ambient, orchestral

decades active:
90's - 00's

essential releases:

  • Worlds Apart (1994, Archon/Ultima Thule Ambient Media)  buy-button-25x12

Reviewed by Mike G

The German-born, Australian-based Burkhard Von Dallwitz has gained international recognition as a film composer since the late 1990's, starting with his contributions to the soundtrack of Peter Weir's The Truman Show (1999), for which he shared a Golden Globe Award with minimalist composer Philip Glass.

But a more complete and cohesive statement than any of Von Dallwitz's film soundtracks is his outstanding lone solo album Worlds Apart (1994), recorded and released before his film scoring career took off. There is a cinematic scope to this classically-inspired release that's immediately appealing, Vangelis-like in its lushness and often personal in nature. The subtle rhythms are many and varied, often fired not by percussion but by robust string arrangements and melodic sequencer pulses.

The opening title-track sweeps you up with grand, awe-inspiring synth chords before giving way to some stately piano lines that dance over a bubbling motif below. “Hope” is pastoral and dignified with a bright orchestral passage that shows just how convincingly electronics can synthesise classical motifs, while “Exile” boasts some live strings in the form of a fantastic Balkan violin solo. If you're a Vangelis fan who loves a cinematic style but has despaired at the unrelenting bombast of that artists's work since the 80's, Worlds Apart is the perfect album to restore your faith in classical-flavoured electronica.

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