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ABKCO Records To Release Original Soundtrack To Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' On March 4

'The Grand Budapest Hotel (Original Soundtrack),' the musical accompaniment to Wes Anderson's latest film, is out on ABKCO Records on March 4, 2014. Produced by Anderson and long-time collaborator Randall Poster, the soundtrack features music from Academy Award®-nominated composer Alexandre Desplat and performances by the Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra. To help create the film's musical character, the team chose a combination of Desplat's original compositions, traditional Russian folk songs and an exquisite Vivaldi piece to set the scene for a chase through the snowy tundra in this gripping tale of intrigue.

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune -- all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent. THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL will see a February 6, 2014 premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, and will be released in the U.S. on March 7, 2014 by Fox Searchlight Pictures.

“THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL takes place 100 years ago in an invented country that might be described as part Czech, part Hungarian, part Polish, part Russian, part German -- and a little bit 1930's movie-studio in Culver City,” Wes Anderson commented. “The music, however, comes from Paris, where gifted French composer Alexandre Desplat incorporated a variety of regional sounds and musical forms to make what we call “Zubrowkian” music: something vaguely familiar -- but, nevertheless, not quite like anything else.”

Alexandre Desplat previously composed the original score for Wes Anderson’s 2012 release 'Moonrise Kingdom,' in addition to 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' for which he received his 3rd Oscar nomination in 2010.  Other Oscar nominations were received for ‘The King’s Speech’ in 2011, ‘Argo’ in 2012 and in 2014 for Stephen Frears’ ‘Philomena.’ Desplat has received several GRAMMY® nominations, the latest in 2014 for ‘Argo’ and ‘Zero Dark Thirty.’ He also won a GRAMMY® in 2012 for ‘The King’s Speech.’ Desplat has composed the music for over 70 European films, earning multiple César (France’s equivalent of the Oscar) Award nominations and winning the César for scoring Roman Polanski’s 'The Ghost Writer’ in 2011 and in 2013 for Jacques Audiard’s ‘Rust and Bone.’

Desplat added, "The palette of The Grand Budapest Hotel was the most inspiring and the passion and excitement Wes brings to our creative sessions is one of its own. Where and when can a film composer use alpen horns, whistles, balalalikas, organ, male choir, bells and cymbalum? Well, only in Wes's World. Thank you Wes."

GRAMMY®-winning music supervisor Randall Poster is one of the most active music supervisors working in film and television today. Well-known as the long-time music collaborator of director Wes Anderson, Poster also works regularly with renowned directors Harmony Korine, Todd Haynes, Richard Linklater, Todd Phillips, Martin Scorsese, Sam Mendes, and Jason Reitman, among others.

Poster remarked, “THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL soundtrack will take you into uncharted musical territory as Anderson and Desplat do a cultural mash up like no other. The tenth collection of music Wes and I have done together, this may be the most original yet. Balalaika players beware; here's your new jam.”

'The Grand Budapest Hotel (Original Soundtrack)' Track List:

1. s'Rothe-Zäuerli – Öse Schuppel

2. The Alpine Sudetenwaltz*

3. Mr. Moustafa*

4. Overture: M. Gustave H*

5. A Prayer for Madame D*

6. The New Lobby Boy*

7. Concerto for Lute and Plucked Strings I. Moderato – Siegfried Behrend & DZO Chamber Orchestra

8. Daylight Express to Lutz*

9. Schloss Lutz Overture*

10. The Family Desgoffe und Taxis*

11. Last Will and Testament*

12. Up the Stairs/Down the Hall*

13. Night Train to Nebelsbad*

14. The Lutz Police Militia*

15. Check Point 19 Criminal Internment Camp Overture*

16. The Linden Tree – Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra, Vitaly Gnutov

17. J.G. Jopling, Private Inquiry Agent*

18. A Dash of Salt (Ludwig's Theme)*

19. The Cold-Blooded Murder of Deputy Vilmos Kovacs*

20. Escape Concerto*

21. The War (Zero's Theme)*

22. No Safe-House*

23. The Society of the Crossed Keys*

24. M. Ivan*

25. Lot 117*

26. Third Class Carriage*

27. Canto at Gabelmeister's Peak*

28. A Troops Barracks (Requiem for the Grand Budapest)*

29. Cleared of All Charges*

30. The Mystical Union*

31. Kamarinskaya – Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra, Vitaly Gnutov

32. Traditional Arrangement: "Moonshine"*

*Music Composed by Alexandre Desplat

Produced by Wes Anderson & Randall Poster

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About ABKCO Records

ABKCO Music & Records, founded over 50 years ago by Allen Klein, is one of the world’s leading independent entertainment companies.  It is home to iconic catalog assets that include compositions and recordings by Sam Cooke, The Rolling Stones, Bobby Womack, Eric Burdon, The Animals, Herman’s Hermits, Marianne Faithfull, The Kinks as well as the Cameo Parkway masters by such artists as Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell, Clint Eastwood, The Orlons, The Dovells, ? & The Mysterians, Charlie Gracie, The Tymes and Dee Dee Sharp. Soundtrack releases include Edgar Wright’s The World’s End and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Wes Anderson’s 2013 Academy Award® nominated Moonrise Kingdom, The Darjeeling Limited and the 2010 Academy Award® nominated Fantastic Mr. Fox, Independent Spirit Award® Winner Safety Not Guaranteed, Our Idiot Brother,  the international blockbuster Fast Five, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, The Men Who Stare At Goats, Boardwalk Empire Volume 2: Music from the HBO® original series and the soundtrack to the first season of the hit Showtime® series, Californication.  ABKCO is active on many fronts including the release of critically lauded compilations and reissues from its catalog, film and commercial placement of its master recordings and music publishing properties in all media.   ABKCO Films most recent release is the GRAMMY®-nominated The Rolling Stones Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965.   Renowned cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s classics El Topo and The Holy Mountain, fully restored and remastered to HD, were shown at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival (Classics section) and at the prestigious 44th New York Film Festival. In 2003 ABKCO won a GRAMMY® for the DVD release of Sam Cooke – Legend and the following year released the DVD of The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus to universal acclaim. Upcoming releases include a restoration of the Spaghetti Western Blindman starring Ringo Starr.  ABKCO Films is in pre-production on a biopic on the life of Sam Cooke.              

About Fox Searchlight Pictures

Fox Searchlight Pictures is a specialty film company that both finances and acquires motion pictures.  It has its own marketing and distribution operations, and its films are distributed internationally by Twentieth Century Fox.  Fox Searchlight Pictures is a unit of 21st Century Fox.

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