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The Painted Veil [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
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Album: The Painted Veil [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
# Song Title   Time
1)    The Painted Veil More Info... 3:18
  Gnossiennes
2)    Gnossiennes No. 1 - Lent More Info... 3:22
 
3)    Colony Club More Info... 2:08
4)    River Waltz More Info... 2:23
5)    Kitty's Theme More Info... 3:07
6)    Death Convoy More Info... 2:49
7)    The Water Wheel More Info... 6:20
8)    The Lovers More Info... 1:26
9)    Promenade More Info... 2:04
10)    Kitty's journey More Info... 2:49
11)    The deal More Info... 3:22
12)    Walter's mission More Info... 3:55
13)    The Convent More Info... 0:50
14)    River Waltz More Info... 2:26
15)    Morning Tears More Info... 1:51
16)    Cholera More Info... 4:22
17)    The End of Love More Info... 4:34
18)    The Funeral More Info... 0:51
19)    From Shangai to London More Info... 2:03
 
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Performer Notes
  • 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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