Truly a remarkable achievement. There are lyrical moments, but the score impresses with its powerful expressiveness and fascinating orchestration. Alexandre Desplat is undoubtedly France's best-known and most successful composer of music for films in recent years. His work outside of France has included music for "The Luzhin Defense", "Girl with a Pearl Ear-Ring", and "Birth", although he has an extensive list of film credits to his name at home and has just won the top award at the International Film Festival in Berlin for his score to "De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté". The present recording is an excellent example of his work as composer, orchestrator and conductor, as well as producer, since the music is presented in such a way as to form a cohesive emotional symphonic experience. Even if you have not seen the film, and even if you are not necessarily interested in film music, you will enjoy this fascinating score, beautifully played and recorded.