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First Listen: Interscope Releases Original Soundtrack for Madonna's 'W.E. '

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood January 26, 2012 at 10:41PM

"W.E." the period romance co-written and directed by Madonna, was originally rumored to be a musical about the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Though a time-jumping romantic drama resulted instead, Interscope is highlighting the music from the motion picture in a soundtrack release on January 31st.
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"W.E." the period romance co-written and directed by Madonna, was originally rumored to be a musical about the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.  Though a time-jumping romantic drama resulted instead, Interscope is highlighting the music from the motion picture in a soundtrack release on January 31st.

Abel Korzeniowski composed the score; he also received a Golden Globe nomination for his original score for Tom Ford's impeccable "A Single Man." Though this wasn't a year for original music in the movies (see NPR's "Best (Not) Original Song? How the Academy Lost Touch with Movie Music"), Korzeniowski's soundtrack does bring something to the table.

(See our TOH interview here.) "W.E." depicts the famed romantic scandal of American divorcee Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough) and England's King Edward (James D'Arcy) who abdicated his throne in order to marry his beloved. The film is framed by a modern day New York woman, Wally Winthrop (Abby Cornish), and Korzeniowski's musical compositions bridges the two worlds of 1930s Europe with a woman lost in her own dreams of romance in contemporary Manhattan.

The movie score, featuring a 60-piece orchestra, was recorded in April 2011 at Abbey Road Studios in London. The soundtrack also features Madonna singing "Masterpiece": For a sampling, "Masterpiece" is linked in a video below.

The Weinstein Company has scheduled "W.E." for a February 2012 release.
 

This article is related to: Madonna, Madonna, Sound and Score, The Weinstein Co., Weinstein Co., The Weinstein Company


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.