Decca Records is pleased to announce the November 22nd release of The King’s Speech motion picture soundtrack – the latest film soundtrack from Academy Award® nominated composer Alexandre Desplat. Desplat’s distinctly evocative musical style passionately echoes the joys and hardships faced by his subjects through an original score, effortlessly bringing to life the struggles of Victorian royalty. His recent credits include Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Queen along with the Golden Globe-winning score to The Painted Veil, which was released on Decca Records in 2006.
After the death of his father King George V (Michael Gambon) and the scandalous abdication of King Edward VIII (Guy Pearce), Bertie (Colin Firth) who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of England. With his country on the brink of war and in desperate need of a leader, his wife, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter), the future Queen Mother, arranges for her husband to see an eccentric speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). After a rough start, the two delve into an unorthodox course of treatment and eventually form an unbreakable bond. With the support of Logue, his family, his government and Winston Churchill (Timothy Spall), the King will overcome his stammer and deliver a radio-address that inspires his people and unites them in battle.Based on the true story of King George VI, The King’s Speech follows the Royal Monarch's quest to find his voice.
The hauntingly beautiful score progresses with somber, thought-provoking melodies - employing masterful subtlety in their execution. From the light anthem of “The Royal Household” to the ominous overtones in “The Threat Of War”, Desplat proves once again that he is a master of setting emotional conflict to music.
The King’s Speech is directed by Tom Hooper (Emmy Award winning TV series John Adams). The film opens limited on November 26th.