The Painted Veil

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Award-winning composer Alexandre Desplat's (The Queen, Syriana) lyrical score for The Painted Veil -- based on the Somerset Maugham novel -- features piano sensation Lang Lang as soloist ("River Waltz," Erik Satie's "Gnossienne No. 1"), as well as the Prague Symphony Orchestra and Vincent Segal on electric cello.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
Award-winning composer Alexandre Desplat's (The Queen, Syriana) lyrical score for The Painted Veil -- based on the Somerset Maugham novel -- features piano sensation Lang Lang as soloist ("River Waltz," Erik Satie's "Gnossienne No. 1"), as well as the Prague Symphony Orchestra and Vincent Segal on electric cello.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/9/2007
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947765523
  • Catalog Number: 000825402
  • Sales rank: 62,722

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Painted Veil (3:19)
  2. 2 Gnossienne for piano No. 1 (3:24)
  3. 3 Colony Club (2:09)
  4. 4 River Waltz (2:24)
  5. 5 Kitty's Theme (3:08)
  6. 6 Death Convoy (2:50)
  7. 7 The Water Wheel (6:21)
  8. 8 The Lovers (1:27)
  9. 9 Promenade (2:06)
  10. 10 Kitty's Journey (2:51)
  11. 11 The Deal (3:23)
  12. 12 Walter's Mission (3:57)
  13. 13 The Convent (0:52)
  14. 14 River Waltz (piano solo) (2:27)
  15. 15 Morning Tears (1:52)
  16. 16 Cholera (4:23)
  17. 17 The End of Love (4:36)
  18. 18 The Funeral (0:53)
  19. 19 From Shanghai to London (2:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alexandre Desplat Primary Artist, Flute, Percussion, Piano, Conductor, Keyboards
John Luard Timperley Recorder
Vincent Segal Electric Cello
Joël Grare Percussion
Prague Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Ensemble
Lang Lang Piano
Philippe Macé Percussion
Jeff Boudreaux Percussion
Philippe Macé Percussion
Technical Credits
Denis Caribaux Engineer
Nikolaus Boddin Art Direction
Alexandre Desplat Composer, Producer
Xavier Forcioli Composer's Assistant
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