Virgin Classics releases the official motion picture soundtrack to Michael Haneke’s critically-acclaimed drama Amour. The soundtrack features Alexandre Tharaud, who also appears in the film, playing works by Schubert, Beethoven and Bach-Busoni. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, Amour is a story about Georges and Anne, an elderly Parisian couple who are retried music teachers. The couple faces terrifying questions about life and death after Anne suffers a stroke that leaves her partially paralyzed making playing the piano impossible.
Making his film debut, Alexandre Tharaud stars as Georges and Anne’s star pupil. In the film, he performs music by Schubert, Beethoven and Bach (arranged by Busoni). The soundtrack features these works along with further pieces by Schubert and Beethoven. The Guardian described Amour as “a moving, terrifying and uncompromising drama of extraordinary intimacy and intelligence … This is film-making at the highest pitch of intelligence and insight. Haneke’s mastery and supremacy have resounded here in Cannes like an orchestral chord.”