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The Queen Soundtrack

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After composing the music for over 50 European films and being nominated for 2 Cesar Awards, ALEXANDRE DESPLAT, burst onto the Hollywood scene in 2003 with his evocative score to GIRL WITH THE PEARL EARRING (starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth), which earned him nominations from the Golden Globes, BAFTA and European Film Awards.

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  • Audio CD (29 Sept. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B000I2IWBO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,531 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Queen
2. Hills of Scotland
3. People's Princess I
4. A New Prime Minister
5. H.R.H.
6. The Stag
7. Mourning
8. Elizabeth & Tony
9. River of Sorrow
10. The Flowers of Buckingham
11. The Queen Drives
12. Night in Balmoral
13. Tony & Elizabeth
14. People's Princess II
15. Queen of Hearts
16. Libera Me

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Alexandre Desplat - The Queen [Soundtrack]

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alison L on 26 Aug. 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I watched the film The Queen recently, and as well as enjoying the excellent movie, I was struck by the music throughout the film and, in particular, during the end credits. You might imagine that a film about the British Royal Family would inspire typically English, very marching-band music, however this is not at all the case. The soundtrack reminded me very much of music by Danny Elfman (who wrote the amazingly beautiful soundtrack of Edward Scissorhands, amongst many other films). It is haunting and ethereal, whimsical and delicate, and conjures up another world - not, in fact, the other world doubtlessly inhabited by the royals, but an enchanted world, full of fairies and elves and the otherworldliness we have come to expect from Danny Elfman. This soundtrack could easily have been used for a fantasy film, eg Narnia or Harry Potter. If Alexandre Desplat (whom I had not previously heard of) always writes music of this calibre, I shall look out for other work by him in the future.

An album for Danny Elfman fans wishing they could find something else similar to his music, or for anyone who appreciates a magical, mysterious soundtrack.
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A score fit for a queen... 20 Oct. 2006
By jto - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
In a modern film about a modern queen it is only appropriate that Desplat does not give us the majestic score that would be present in a historical film. Instead, he is able to mimick Mirren's portray of Her Majesty with humor, grace, and tradition. The inclusion of Verdi's "Libera Me" is understandable and even more fitting as the closing track. The entire CD is a complement to the film and a compliment to the Queen herself.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Alexandre Desplat and the Creation of Mood 22 Feb. 2007
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Revisiting THE QUEEN increases the power of the film's subtle portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II by Helen Mirren, further informs the viewer of the fine quality of performance by Michael Sheen as Tony Blair and Helen McCrory as his wife Cherie, and allows an even deeper appreciation for the fine musical score by the always dependable Alexandre Desplat.

Desplat captures the atmosphere of the year 1997 when Princess Diana's death shook the world and altered the history of the royal family. His music is aptly suitable for the stuffy feeling of Balmoral Castle while his liquid themes underline the beauty of Scotland, the tension within the castle, and the responses of the people. And while Desplat's score stands solidly on its own with the many themes included on this CD, he also has the sensitivity to close the recording with the hauntingly beautiful singing by soprano Lynne Dawson and the BBC Symphony Chorus in the Verdi Requiem movement, 'Libera me'. It is as well performed as any version on record and is a meltingly lyrical and somber way to conclude the CD. A very fine Soundtrack to add to anyone's collection. Grady Harp, February 07
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Subdued Yet Vibrant 28 Mar. 2007
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Alexandre Desplat is among one of the least known and if I may say, underrated composers in Hollywood. With his score for "The Queen" he flourishes and brings a new realm to the story of Helen Mirren's fantastic performance.

The opening track "The Queen" begins very low then rises up into a majestic theme with brass horns then quiets down into a sweet melody of violins and harps. The opening track is essentially a preview of what the album is about, subdued yet rich melodies.

In "The People's Princess I," we hear a very prominent harpsichord playing away as drums, harps, violins, violas, and cellos all join in . . . this track sounds awfully a lot like a chase scene on its own. However, the melodies with the harps and the violas above the quiet bass heavy instruments, "THe People's Princess I" is among one of the most unique tracks on this album.

The album closes with a lament, "Libera Me." While not being rather a big fan of Verdi, I find this track to be very rich and aptly closes this album as it was sung during the funeral of Princess Diana of Wales.

Alexandre Desplat delivers a truly unique score to a majestic and magnificent film. Although much of this music is very quiet and almost to the point of being background music, his rich melodies and varied themes in these tracks bring a new dimension to the world of "The Queen."
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Desplat Did Not Go 'Splat' Here 21 Feb. 2010
By Hui Shen ben Israel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This music is haunting, beautiful and slightly mocking in its bittersweet tones. When I heard director Steve Frears say in interview that the music was 'Hitchcockian', I could not have agreed more. It has some truly sunny moments that reminded me of "Psycho" and "Rope". Most moving is the music set to the chase and ultimate 'accident' of then-Princess Diana, haunting music complete with the sound of implied traffic, claxons and a chilling harpsicord accompaniment that 'suggests' the Queen may have 'ordered' Diana's death. Yet the piece I find most moving is what I call "Her Majesty's Theme", the haunting overture, to which the film opens. Beautiful to relax to and enjoy anytime, this is one CD you'll never regret or get tired of hearing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful new voice in film music 11 Mar. 2007
By John Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Hopefully we'll hear a lot in the future of Alexandre Desplat, because he's a very nice new colour in the realm of film music. His score for the Queen is majestic, sophisticated and haunting, beautiful, moving and elevating. It deserves all appreciation and is well worth listening to on and on again. Bravo maestro, I highly recommend it to all.
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