Alexandre Desplat The Painted Veil [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
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- Released: January 9, 2007
- Originally Released: 2007
- Label: Deutsche Grammophon
- 1.The Painted Veil
- 2.Gnossienne No 1 - Erik Satie
- 3.Colony Club
- 4.River Waltz
- 5.Kitty's Theme
- 6.Death Convoy
- 7.The Water Wheel
- 8.The Lovers
- 10.Kitty's Journey
- 11.The Deal
- 12.Walter's Mission
- 13.The Convent
- 14.River Waltz
- 15.Morning Tears
- 17.The End Of Love
- 18.The Funeral
- 19.From Shanghai To London
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Personnel: Alexandre Desplat (flute, piano, keyboards, percussion); Vincent Segal (electric cello); John Luard Timperley (recorder); Lang Lang (piano); Philippe Mac‚, Jo‰l Grare, Jeff Boudreaux (percussion).
Audio Mixer: John Luard Timperley.
Recording information: The Dvorak Hall, Prague, Czech Republic.
Alexandre Desplat's score for director John Curran's film adaptation of the W. Somerset Maugham novel The Painted Veil, about a British couple who travel to China in the 1920s, is not specifically Oriental in tone. But it does have a sense of reserve and a contemplative feel much of the time. The dominant soloist is young Chinese classical pianist Lang Lang, although Vincent Segal's electric cello is also given generous solo space. Desplat provides a lovely "River Waltz," played both orchestrally and as a piano piece by Lang. "The Water Wheel" is a percussion-heavy cue with Desplat himself contributing. (He also plays flutes, piano, and keyboards himself on the soundtrack.) "Cholera," a cue coming toward the film's climax, has the repetitive rhythm of a Philip Glass piece, but that's as assertive as Desplat gets in a score that manages to maintain a mood simultaneously restrained and ominous. ~ William Ruhlmann
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