Alexandre Desplat The Painted Veil [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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The Painted Veil [Original Motion Picture
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  • Released: January 9, 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
  • 9.Promenade
  • 10.Kitty's Journey
  • 11.The Deal
  • 12.Walter's Mission
  • 13.The Convent
  • 14.River Waltz
  • 15.Morning Tears
  • 16.Cholera
  • 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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