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.
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.