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Originele soundtracks - Verschenen op 12 februari 2018 | Decca (UMO) (Classics)

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How can music translate the idea of a natural element such as water? One Claude Debussy already tackled the subject, but Alexandre Desplat chose a different esthetics from the one of his elder—even if, just like with Debussy, the timbers are at the heart of Desplat’s idea. For this fantastic tale from Guillermo Del Toro, which tells the love story between a young mute girl, Elisa (Sally Hawkins), and an amphibian creature (Doug Jones), Desplat incorporated no less than twelve flutes to the legendary London Symphony Orchestra—alto flutes, bass flutes, transverse flutes. The partition integrates very few brass instruments, and it is the string and wood instruments that suggest the undulation and water’s fluidity. To this is added the delicacy of instruments such as the piano, the harp and the vibraphone, which reinforce this idea. From this uncommon orchestral canvas, Alexandre Desplat joins different themes and moods. Therefore, the title sequence is a solo whistling (performed by the composer himself), which represents the young heroine’s “voice”. As for the bandoneon (which symbolizes the creature), it accentuates the oneiric aspect of the pictures thanks to its sensuality and softness. Those two instruments graciously evolve together, just like the two movie protagonists, atypical heroes who dream of being the stars of a Hollywood musical. Because beyond this incongruous script premise, The Shape of Water most of all pays homage to cinema—mostly to classic American movies. Throughout the soundtrack, you will continuously find this feeling of nostalgia, especially in the choice to highlight the South-American percussion (bongos, congas…), evoking so many movies from the 1950s and 1960s (remember Touch of Evil, directed by Orson Welles and composed by Henry Mancini). For the end credits, and just like the movie’s subject, Alexandre Desplat plays the crossover card by calling upon soprano Renée Fleming to perform a brand new arrangement of the jazz classic from the 1940s You’ll Never Know. Finally, let’s note that with The Shape of Water, Alexandre Desplat won his second Academy Award, three years after his first one for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. ©Nicolas Magenham/Qobuz
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Originele soundtracks - Verschenen op 13 december 2019 | Sony Classical

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Originele soundtracks - Verschenen op 20 juli 2017 | Valérian S.A.S.

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Originele soundtracks - Verschenen op 23 november 2010 | WaterTower Music

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Originele soundtracks - Verschenen op 19 december 2012 | Madison Gate Records

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Originele soundtracks - Verschenen op 12 december 2014 | Parlophone UK

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Originele soundtracks - Verschenen op 15 januari 2016 | Decca (UMO) (Classics)

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Soundtracks - Verschenen op 24 mei 2011 | Lakeshore Records

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Originele soundtracks - Verschenen op 1 januari 2013 | Decca (UMO)

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Originele soundtracks - Verschenen op 31 januari 2011 | Decca (UMO)

Composer Alexandre Desplat provides discreet, restrained music to accompany The King's Speech, the drama about the struggle of Britain's King George VI to overcome his stuttering and speak to his people in times of war and peace. Desplat's piano figures tend to be at the fore, tinkling lightly, supported by the London Symphony Orchestra set to a low heat. Even a track with a title like "Fear and Suspicion" doesn't evoke much tension in the music. By the end, Desplat gives way to Beethoven, whose Symphony No. 7 excerpt and "Emperor" piano concerto fit right in. © William Ruhlmann /TiVo
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Originele soundtracks - Verschenen op 20 december 2011 | WaterTower Music

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Originele soundtracks - Verschenen op 1 juni 2018 | Abkco Music & Records, Inc.

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Originele soundtracks - Verschenen op 9 november 2004 | New Line Records

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Originele soundtracks - Verschenen op 14 september 2018 | Why Not Productions

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Originele soundtracks - Verschenen op 12 juli 2011 | WaterTower Music

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