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The Grand Budapest Hotel (Original Soundtrack)

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The Grand Budapest Hotel—Wes Anderson’s delightful film adaptation of Viennese author Stefan Zweig’s century-old writings—often disguises its deeper intentions as a manic, color-saturated update of classic screwball comedies. Thus the insistent, oft-hypnotic rhythms that French composer (and frequent Anderson collaborator) Alexandre Desplat employs throughout the score greatly bolster the film’s energetic charms. But it’s Desplat’s penchant for smart understatement, wed to an ever-inventive sense of ethnic and textural inquisitiveness, that become the film’s most essential musical and emotional foils. Desplat’s musical palette may be spare here, but this soundtrack never lacks for verve; its contours are further shaped by a handful of folk-rooted pieces from European and Russian composers. The choral harmony of Öse Schuppel’s “S'Rothe-Zäuerli” instantly evokes Alpine musical trappings, which Desplat subsequently employs like paprika. An excerpt from German classical guitarist Siegfried Behrend’s “Concerto for Lute and Plucked Strings I Moderato” deftly anchors it all to some semblance of stately tradition. 

Customer Reviews

A wild and creative score for a phenomenal film

Desplat’s breadth of musicality never fails to impress. The themes here a transformed wonderfully, and the fun and goofy Wes Anderson style comes across even in the music. Wonderful job.

Wacky and wild soundtrack

I've yet to see this film, but the soundtrack is wild, high energy and just a fun listen all around!!! A must have for lovers of film music.

This is an incredible album

I am a lover of all of Wes Anderson's films, and although I have yet to watch the Grand Budapest Hotel, I saw the trailer and I instantly fell in love with the music.

The trailer featured the songs Canto at Gabelmeister's Peak, Concerto for Lute and Plucked Strings, and Traditional Arrangement. These are currently my favorite songs on the album. The album features a haunting, lingering mandolin themes, as well as lighthearted harpsichord melodies. Songs like The New Lobby Boy introduce more modern drum beats and themes, as well as combining this with the more classic sounds. The album takes a little getting used to, after all, anything Wes Anderson makes is a little quirky, but you'll be humming songs all day!

All together, a great buy, and I'm excited to hear the songs in the film! Good job Desplat!

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The Grand Budapest Hotel (Original Soundtrack)
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  • $10.99
  • Genres: Soundtrack, Music
  • Released: Jan 01, 2014

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