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The King's Speech [Soundtrack]

Alexandre DesplatAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Lionel And BertieAlexandre Desplat 2:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Desplat: The King's Speech (Album Version)Alexandre Desplat 3:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Desplat: My Kingdom, My Rules (Album Version)Alexandre Desplat 2:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The King Is DeadAlexandre Desplat 2:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Memories Of ChildhoodAlexandre Desplat 3:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Desplat: King George VI (Album Version)Alexandre Desplat 3:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Desplat: The Royal Household (Album Version)Alexandre Desplat 1:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Desplat: Queen Elizabeth (Album Version)Alexandre Desplat 3:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Fear And SuspicionAlexandre Desplat 3:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Desplat: The Rehearsal (Album Version)Alexandre Desplat 1:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. The Threat Of WarAlexandre Desplat 3:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Speaking Unto Nations (Beethoven Symphony No. 7 - II )Terry Davies 5:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Epilogue (Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 ''Emperor'' -II )Terry Davies 3:56$1.29  Buy MP3 


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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 (November 22, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00474AB7W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,017 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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THE KING'S SPEECH tells an incredible story - all of it true. King George VI (Colin Firth) - father of the current queen, Elizabeth - is a shy man who suffered from an acute stuttering problem. When he unexpectedly ascends the throne of England in 1936, he must rally his nation through Depression and the Second World War through the radio. His wife, Queen Mother Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter) convinces him to employ a speech coach (Geoffrey Rush), whose wisdom and slightly unorthodox ways work wonder in the Royal Household and for a nation struggling for its existence. The luxurious score is by Alexander Desplat ("The Painted Veil").

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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Desplat's music gives the king a voice December 14, 2010
Format:Audio CD
The United Kingdom suffered one of its worst constitutional crises in living memory in the early 1930s. Following the death of King George V, his eldest son David ascended to the throne as King Edward VIII, but his insistence on marrying Wallis Simpson - a commoner, a divorcee, and worst of all an American - brought criticism from the political and religious leaders of the time. Forced with a choice between his kingdom and the woman he loved, Edward chose the latter, leaving his younger brother Bertie to reluctantly take over as King George VI. However, suddenly becoming the monarch of over a third of the world's population did not sit well with the new king, who was forced to deal with two issues at the beginning of his reign: firstly, the growing influence of German chancellor Adolf Hitler threatening peace in Europe, and secondly the King's own terrible stutter, which often rendered him literally speechless on important occasions. To counteract the latter, the King sought out the help of an unconventional Australian speech therapist named Lionel Logue. Director Tom Hooper's excellent film The King's Speech tells the story of the unconventional friendship of the pair; it stars Colin Firth as George VI, Geoffrey Rush as Logue, and Helena Bonham-Carter as Queen Elizabeth, Guy Pearce as Edward, and Michael Gambon as the ailing George V.

The music for The King's Speech is by Alexandre Desplat, and is his fifth score of 2010, following the thriller The Ghost Writer, the comedy Tamara Drewe, the political drama The Special Relationship and the first part of the fantastical Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Story, Beautiful Music! January 8, 2011
By Joy
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I just saw this film a week ago, and I was so impressed that I immediately bought the book and the sound track. It just arrived yesterday, and I immediately started listening. The remarkable thing is that I could see the various scenes in the film..as clear as day. You don't find that very often in contemporary films. Just listening, I could "hear" the spirit of this quiet, diffident and honourable man. As the score built, I could "hear" the King finding his voice. When the Speech was read...(To the glorieus music of Beethoven) I could "hear" both triumph and release.

It was truly magnificent...to hear a man painted in notes of music.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Emotional And Evocative January 19, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Alexandre Desplat created the perfect soundtrack for the magnificent The King's Speech, in which an Australian speech therapist becomes the unlikely friend and support of a British monarch. The film beautifully depicts both sides of life for a Royal: the public pomp and panoply and the private fears and miseries. Desplat's compositions also reflect these contradictions. Some tracks have a sparkling, bustling feel to them with some jazz and swing overtones appropriate to the era. Others tend to be darker, with overtones of crisis and looming conflict.

Desplat's music is excellent, but my absolute favorite tracks on this CD are the last two, from Beethoven's Seventh Symphony and the Emperor Piano Concerto #5. The grandeur and forboding so well depicted in the Seventh Symphony was an excellent choice to accompany the speech King George VI made at the outbreak of World War II, while the piano concerto mades a beautiful epilogue. There's just no way to surpass Beethoven!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, haunting and triumphant January 27, 2011
By M. Pope
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Until the movie is released on DVD, we'll have to remember it via this wonderful soundtrack. I'm listening to it now. Some of it reminds me of the music from "A Beautiful Mind"; some of it sounds like music from some of the great "period pieces" from the last few years like "Sense and Sensibility" with Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Kate Winslet and Hugh Grant (wonderful actors all, of course). The scene in the "The King's Speech" in which the next to the last piece -- from Beethoven's 7th -- is the background is one of the most powerful and moving scenes in any movie I've ever seen. I certainly agree that Colin Firth deserves as Best Actor Oscar for his performance in the movie, and though Geoffrey Rush has already won an Oscar, he deserves one for this movie as well. I hope the great soundtrack will also be recognized by the Academy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i can't get this out of my head... January 13, 2011
Format:Audio CD
i saw this movie earlier today...and although the movie itself is splendidly done, the soundtrack is what absorbed me into the film.the music is the silent heart of the film; it gives depth to the characters and rouses the soul of the viewer...my sister slept through the film but we both were humming the music throughout lunch...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll play it over and over... January 19, 2011
By CLK
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I purchased this as a gift...and it hasn't been out of our CD player since Christmas. It fills our home with beautiful melodies, and includes two tracks of Beethoven's best - one movement of his 7th symphony and the Emperor piano concerto. If you loved the movie, you'll love the soundtrack.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Angelic! January 9, 2011
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I have seen the movie twice (so far) and really loved the music. This CD is a masterpiece of emotion. It has become a treasure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful score for a brilliant movie January 20, 2011
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Just saw the movie tonight. Brilliant film. Colin Firth should expect an Oscar real soon. About 20 minutes into the movie, i told the person i was with that i wanted this score. More excellent music from Desplat, who i think also scored "The Queen".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my all time favorite movies. Acting is superb, music is lovely. Cannot miss with this one.
Published 26 days ago by quilter10
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music
Beautiful peaceful music. It is a wonderful score to listen to. 9 more words is a lot more to write when that about summed it up.
Published 10 months ago by mamazajac
4.0 out of 5 stars LIONEL & BERTIE'S TOCCATA & FUGUE BY DESPLAT
The magic of Alexandre Desplat's simple Chopinesque film score for The King's Speech is a recurring child-like theme of simple piano strokes to form a lovely melody whose clever... Read more
Published 15 months ago by George H. Archibald
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music!
Enjoy the music with its haunting score that reminds you of each scene in the movie. Fast Delivery and Great Price! Love the last two songs at the end from Beethoven! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Smiling!
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect companion to the movie!
The movie was one of the most interesting biographies an incredible King
who never wanted to be King in the first place. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Winda Wee
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite album
This is a great addition to my movie music collection. I play them in my car which makes the commute tolerable and sometimes even pleasant.
Published 16 months ago by Sophia
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
I fell in love with this music when I went to see the movie. Soft and gentle yet stirs the imagination.
Published 17 months ago by B. Dail
2.0 out of 5 stars Mostly incidental music
I was under the impression there would be more of the actual classical pieces that (from what I recall) were featured in the film. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely music!
My brother and I are film-score fans, and we love listening to this soundtrack! Alexandre Desplat is an amazing composer.
Published 19 months ago by Emily
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music
If you love classical music this is for you! It is so relaxing and calming. I could listen to it for hours straight!
Published 19 months ago by N. Shoemaker
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