The Painted Veil
Alexandre Michel Desplat, Lang Lang & Prague Symphony Orchestra
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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.
The type of soundtrack that would just get you in the mode the film created in the cinema and bring it home. It has heaps of sophistication!
A breath taking soundtrack. I highly recommend 'River Waltz' and 'Kitty's Theme'. Two lovely tracks. You'll enjoy it!
Absolutely beautiful soundtrack, atmospheric like the movie.