It’s pretty simple: this new box set from SPV compiles all five soundtracks created by Popol Vuh for Werner Herzog’s feature-length movies.
Vuh mainman Florian Flicke scored Herzog’s some most epic and memorable works: Heart of Glass (1976) and the Klaus Kinski-starring Aguirre (1972) Nosferatu (1979), Fitzcarraldo (1982) and Cobra Verde (1987; pictured above). Fricke’s subtly unfolding, harmonically rich compositions – somewhere been prog, krautrock, electronic ambient, avant-garde classical and religious music – amount to some of the most singular and moving soundtrack work ever laid down, and five albums that also work as standalone listening experiences.
German label SPV is dedicated keeping Fricke’s work in print on CD, and this new release – out January 24th and priced at around £45 – collects the five aforementioned soundtracks in a tall “collector’s box”, including a 98-page hardback book that features rare photos, other images and full liner notes. It’s a “strictly limited edition”, though the exact number of copies manufactured is not clear.