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The Shape Of Water (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Music composed & conducted by Alexandre Desplat

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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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1
The Shape Of Water (From "The Shape Of Water" Soundtrack)
Alexandre Desplat
00:03:42

The London Symphony Orchestra - Alexandre Desplat, Conductor & Composer - Carmine Lauri, Orchestra Leader - Dominique Lemonnier, Producer, Second Conductor - Peter Cobbin, Mixer, Recording Engineer - Kirsty Whalley, Mixer - Romain Allender, Programming - Xavier Forcioli, Executive Producer - Solrey Music (BMI) administered by Songs of Universal, Inc., Music Publisher

℗ 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

2
You'll Never Know (From "The Shape Of Water" Soundtrack)
Renée Fleming
00:04:38

Dave Arch, Piano - Frédéric Gaillardet, Piano - Jeffrey Boudreaux, Drums - Myriam Lafargue, Accordion - Paul Clarvis, Percussion - Riccardo Del Fra, Double Bass - The London Symphony Orchestra - Alexandre Desplat, Conductor, Whistle, Recording Arranger - Harry Warren, Composer - Mack Gordon, Author - Renée Fleming, Vocals - Jonathan Allen, Mixer, Recording Engineer - Peer Music (Uk) Ltd, MusicPublisher - Dominique Lemonnier, Producer - Ludovick Tartavel, Asst. Recording Engineer - Romain Allender, Programming - Xavier Forcioli, Executive Producer

℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

3
The Creature (From "The Shape Of Water" Soundtrack)
Alexandre Desplat
00:01:46

The London Symphony Orchestra (Carmine Lauri, Orchestra Leader) - Alexandre Desplat, Composer & Conductor - Dominique Lemonnier, Producer, Second Conductor - Peter Cobbin, Mixer, Recording Engineer - Kirsty Whalley, Mixer - Romain Allender, Programming - Xavier Forcioli, Executive Producer - Solrey Music (BMI) administered by Songs of Universal, Inc., Music Publisher

℗ 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

4
Elisa's Theme (From "The Shape Of Water" Soundtrack)
Alexandre Desplat
00:02:36

The London Symphony Orchestra (Carmine Lauri, Orchestra Leader) - Alexandre Desplat, Composer & Conductor - Dominique Lemonnier, Producer, Second Conductor - Peter Cobbin, Mixer, Recording Engineer - Kirsty Whalley, Mixer - Romain Allender, Programming - Xavier Forcioli, Executive Producer - Solrey Music (BMI) administered by Songs of Universal, Inc., Music Publisher

℗ 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

5
Fingers (From "The Shape Of Water" Soundtrack)
Alexandre Desplat
00:02:09

The London Symphony Orchestra (Carmine Lauri, Orchestra Leader) - Alexandre Desplat, Composer & Conductor - Dominique Lemonnier, Producer, Second Conductor - Peter Cobbin, Mixer, Recording Engineer - Kirsty Whalley, Mixer - Romain Allender, Programming - Xavier Forcioli, Executive Producer - Solrey Music (BMI) administered by Songs of Universal, Inc., Music Publisher

℗ 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

6
Spy Meeting (From "The Shape Of Water" Soundtrack)
Alexandre Desplat
00:01:42

The London Symphony Orchestra (Carmine Lauri, Orchestra Leader) - Alexandre Desplat, Composer & Conductor - Dominique Lemonnier, Producer, Second Conductor - Peter Cobbin, Mixer, Recording Engineer - Kirsty Whalley, Mixer - Romain Allender, Programming - Xavier Forcioli, Executive Producer - Solrey Music (BMI) administered by Songs of Universal, Inc., Music Publisher

℗ 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

7
Elisa And Zelda (From "The Shape Of Water" Soundtrack)
Alexandre Desplat
00:01:10

The London Symphony Orchestra (Carmine Lauri, Orchestra Leader) - Alexandre Desplat, Composer & Conductor - Dominique Lemonnier, Producer, Second Conductor - Peter Cobbin, Mixer, Recording Engineer - Kirsty Whalley, Mixer - Romain Allender, Programming - Xavier Forcioli, Executive Producer - Solrey Music (BMI) administered by Songs of Universal, Inc., Music Publisher

℗ 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

8
Five Stars General (From "The Shape Of Water" Soundtrack)
Alexandre Desplat
00:01:31

The London Symphony Orchestra (Carmine Lauri, Orchestra Leader) - Alexandre Desplat, Composer & Conductor - Dominique Lemonnier, Producer, Second Conductor - Peter Cobbin, Mixer, Recording Engineer - Kirsty Whalley, Mixer - Romain Allender, Programming - Xavier Forcioli, Executive Producer - Solrey Music (BMI) administered by Songs of Universal, Inc., Music Publisher

℗ 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

9
The Silence Of Love (From "The Shape Of Water" Soundtrack)
Alexandre Desplat
00:01:35

The London Symphony Orchestra (Carmine Lauri, Orchestra Leader) - Alexandre Desplat, Composer & Conductor - Dominique Lemonnier, Producer, Second Conductor - Peter Cobbin, Mixer, Recording Engineer - Kirsty Whalley, Mixer - Romain Allender, Programming - Xavier Forcioli, Executive Producer - Solrey Music (BMI) administered by Songs of Universal, Inc., Music Publisher

℗ 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

10
Egg (From "The Shape Of Water" Soundtrack)
Alexandre Desplat
00:02:13

The London Symphony Orchestra (Carmine Lauri, Orchestra Leader) - Alexandre Desplat, Composer & Conductor - Dominique Lemonnier, Producer, Second Conductor - Peter Cobbin, Mixer, Recording Engineer - Kirsty Whalley, Mixer - Romain Allender, Programming - Xavier Forcioli, Executive Producer - Solrey Music (BMI) administered by Songs of Universal, Inc., Music Publisher

℗ 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

11
That Isn't Good (From "The Shape Of Water" Soundtrack)
Alexandre Desplat
00:01:43

Peter Cobbin, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kirsty Whalley, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alexandre Desplat, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Carmine Lauri, Orchestra Leader, AssociatedPerformer - The London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Dominique Lemonnier, Conductor, Producer, Second Conductor - Romain Allender, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Xavier Forcioli, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

12
Underwater Kiss (From "The Shape Of Water" Soundtrack)
Alexandre Desplat
00:02:12

Peter Cobbin, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kirsty Whalley, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alexandre Desplat, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Carmine Lauri, Orchestra Leader, AssociatedPerformer - The London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Dominique Lemonnier, Conductor, Producer, Second Conductor - Romain Allender, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Xavier Forcioli, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

13
The Escape (From "The Shape Of Water" Soundtrack)
Alexandre Desplat
00:10:57

Peter Cobbin, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kirsty Whalley, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alexandre Desplat, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Carmine Lauri, Orchestra Leader, AssociatedPerformer - The London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Dominique Lemonnier, Conductor, Producer, Second Conductor - Romain Allender, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Xavier Forcioli, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

14
Watching Ruth (From "The Shape Of Water" Soundtrack)
Alexandre Desplat
00:02:18

Peter Cobbin, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kirsty Whalley, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alexandre Desplat, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Carmine Lauri, Orchestra Leader, AssociatedPerformer - The London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Dominique Lemonnier, Conductor, Producer, Second Conductor - Romain Allender, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Xavier Forcioli, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

15
Decency (From "The Shape Of Water" Soundtrack)
Alexandre Desplat
00:02:23

Peter Cobbin, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kirsty Whalley, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alexandre Desplat, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Carmine Lauri, Orchestra Leader, AssociatedPerformer - The London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Dominique Lemonnier, Conductor, Producer, Second Conductor - Romain Allender, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Xavier Forcioli, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

16
He's Coming For You (From "The Shape Of Water" Soundtrack)
Alexandre Desplat
00:01:39

Peter Cobbin, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kirsty Whalley, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alexandre Desplat, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Carmine Lauri, Orchestra Leader, AssociatedPerformer - The London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Dominique Lemonnier, Conductor, Producer, Second Conductor - Romain Allender, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Xavier Forcioli, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

17
Overflow Of Love (From "The Shape Of Water" Soundtrack)
Alexandre Desplat
00:02:56

Peter Cobbin, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kirsty Whalley, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alexandre Desplat, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Carmine Lauri, Orchestra Leader, AssociatedPerformer - The London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Dominique Lemonnier, Conductor, Producer, Second Conductor - Romain Allender, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Xavier Forcioli, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

18
Without You (From "The Shape Of Water" Soundtrack)
Alexandre Desplat
00:02:30

Peter Cobbin, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kirsty Whalley, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alexandre Desplat, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Carmine Lauri, Orchestra Leader, AssociatedPerformer - The London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Dominique Lemonnier, Conductor, Producer, Second Conductor - Romain Allender, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Xavier Forcioli, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

19
Rainy Day (From "The Shape Of Water" Soundtrack)
Alexandre Desplat
00:03:12

Peter Cobbin, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kirsty Whalley, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alexandre Desplat, Conductor, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Carmine Lauri, Orchestra Leader, AssociatedPerformer - The London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Dominique Lemonnier, Conductor, Producer, Second Conductor - Romain Allender, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Xavier Forcioli, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

20
A Princess Without A Voice (From "The Shape Of Water" Soundtrack)
Alexandre Desplat
00:01:50

Peter Cobbin, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kirsty Whalley, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alexandre Desplat, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Carmine Lauri, Orchestra Leader, AssociatedPerformer - The London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Dominique Lemonnier, Conductor, Producer, Second Conductor - Romain Allender, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Xavier Forcioli, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

21
La Javanaise
Madeleine Peyroux
00:04:10

Dean Parks, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - David Piltch, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jay Bellerose, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Madeleine Peyroux, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Serge Gainsbourg, ComposerLyricist - LARRY KLEIN, Producer, Recording Producer - Carla Kihlstedt, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Larry Goldings, Celesta, AssociatedPerformer - Helik Hadar, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Pavlides, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sam Yahel, Organ, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Cindi Peters, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Graeme Jennings, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Charith Premawardhana, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Bass, Cello, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2006 Rounder Records Corp.

22
I Know Why (And So Do You) (From "Sun Valley Serenade")
Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
00:02:58

Harry Warren, Composer - Mack Gordon, Author - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1991 Sony Music Entertainment

23
Chica Chica Boom Chic
Carmen Miranda
00:02:19

Harry Warren, ComposerLyricist - Mack Gordon, ComposerLyricist - Carmen Miranda, MainArtist

℗ 1941 UMG Recordings, Inc.

24
Babalu
Caterina Valente
00:02:51

Caterina Valente, MainArtist - Silvio Francesco, MainArtist - Margarita Lecuona, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1964 Polydor/Island, a division of Universal Music GmbH

25
A Summer Place
Andy Williams
00:02:34

Mack Discant, Author - Max Steiner, Composer - ANDY WILLIAMS, MainArtist

℗ 1999 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

26
You'll Never Know (Alternative Version)
Alexandre Desplat
00:06:49

Dave Arch, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Allen, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harry Warren, Composer - Mack Gordon, Author - Frédéric Gaillardet, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Renee Fleming, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alexandre Desplat, Conductor, Whistle, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Clarvis, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Riccardo Del Fra, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - The London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Dominique Lemonnier, Producer - Ludovick Tartavel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Romain Allender, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Xavier Forcioli, Producer, Executive Producer - Jeffrey Boudreaux, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Myriam Lafargue, Accordion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

Album Description

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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