W. - Witse de Film

Composed By: Johan Hoogewijs

Distributed by: MovieScore Media/Kronos Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                Witse, a popular television crime series about a Belgian police detective that ran for nine seasons.  W. - Witse de Film is the feature length finale of the series, starring Hubert Damen as the now retired detective Witse, who finds himself getting back in the game in order to uncover the identity behind his niece's killer.

                The musical score of W. - Witse de Film was created by Flemish composer Johan Hoogewijs.  Specializing in composing television and movie scores, Hoogewijs began his career studying classical and jazz piano before becoming a music editor and sound designer at the BRT (Belgian national radio and television).  By the 1980's, he was composing music for television and film, but he is best known for his compositions created for Dutch and Flemish television.  Hoogewijs was the main composer of Witse, so it was no stretch of the imagination that he should be asked to compose the score for the full length feature.

                From the very first track, Between the Crosses, one can tell that this movie is a thriller.  Orchestral in nature, the score of W. - Witse de Film, is mainly piano and string driven.  Opening with quick string brushes that alternate with a dramatic piano/string duet, one has a feeling that there is something mysterious and deeply disturbing about to take place.  Timpani drums add more of a dramatic effect in tracks like Dicky's Confession and Surprise Appointment at the Marketplace stands out for its exotic sound and for the action we know is taking place thanks to the heavy percussion and the pounding of piano keys.

                There is something at once disturbing and yet beautiful about the W. - Witse de Film Soundtrack.  I had never heard of the television series prior to researching this album and had not read anything about this soundtrack prior to listening to it.  From the start I knew that something intriguing was taking place.  There was an air of mystery, danger, action and suspense, and I got all of this simply by listening to the score...a score that, although the piano theme is used often, never felt like it repeated itself. 

                Each track of W. - Witse de Film is unique and added sufficient flavor and excitement to make me wonder just what this film was about.  I highly recommend it as a stand alone album, simply for the uniqueness and beauty of its sound.  W. -Witse de Film is just one of those soundtracks that you don't want to stop listening to.  I've played it a number of times already and it just doesn't get old, and if that's not a recommendation to check this album out, I don't know what is!


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