13 Songs, 1 Hour 1 Minute


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3.9 out of 5
77 Ratings
77 Ratings

The signature sound of Desplat


I'm very excited to give this repeat listens, and I probably shouldn't review it until then, but I just couldn't help myself because I've been looking forward to this for a while now! So far my favorite tracks are River, Awakening and Motherhood. If you enjoy other composers like Rachel Portman or Josh Kramer (especially his Only Memories album), you will most certainly enjoy this score. Lots of piano, lots of strings, and lots of musical bliss.

Oscar contender?


It's too bad director Terrence Malick likes to blend existing classical music with his film composer's work, or else Alexandre Desplat's brilliant work might be eligible for an Original Score nod come Oscar time. However, it is still a magnificent collection of music and should be owned by all film score lovers.

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as much as I appreciate Alexander Desplat's work, I think it's bad business to put the title of the movie on an album and then sell a whole bunch of music which was barely in the film. the music that people remember from the film was written by Mahler, Holst, Respighi, Smetana, Brahms, Gorecki, and Zbigniew Preisner. among others. Desplat's music barely made it in the film. so while I understand film music fans wanting to hear Desplat's score, it would be nice if the studio tried to compile some kind of complication soundtrack with the music that was *really* in the film.

About Alexandre Desplat

Academy Award-winning French composer Alexandre Desplat is an in-demand artist known for his sophisticated film score work. Born in Paris in 1961, Desplat is the son of a Greek mother and a French father who met in the U.S. while both were attending the University of California at Berkeley, married in San Francisco, and settled in France. He began studying the piano at age five, later switching to trumpet and then flute. Fascinated by both music and film, he decided to pursue a career as a composer of movie scores.

Beginning with Ki Lo Sa? in 1985, his scores for television and film totaled 100 by 2007. In these works, he developed a contemplative style that did not attempt to respond beat by beat to the action onscreen, but rather set its own complementary mood. He began to attract attention in the U.S. with The Luzhin Defence in 2000, which had a soundtrack album released in America by Silva Screen Records. His music for Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003) earned a Golden Globe nomination, and with that recognition, he began to work increasingly on English-language films distributed by the Hollywood studios, including but not limited to Birth (2004), The Upside of Anger (2005), Syriana (2005), and The Painted Veil (2006) (a Golden Globe Award winner), several of which produced soundtrack albums.

The Queen (2006) earned him his first Academy Award nomination. He received his second Oscar nomination in 2008 for his work on David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and his third in 2010 for Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox. The following year, he took home a Grammy Award for his work on The King's Speech. More high-profile film scores followed, including both installments of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Argo, Philomena, and, in 2014, both The Imitation Game and The Grand Budapest Hotel, the latter of which became his first Academy Award win. Subsequent score highlights included The Danish Girl (2015) and the animated feature The Secret Life of Pets (2016). In 2017, he supplied the music for the George Clooney-directed crime thriller Suburbicon as well as Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water, his ninth Oscar-nominated score. ~ William Ruhlmann

Paris, France
August 23, 1961




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