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Lost and Love
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: Zbigniew Preisner
Label: Caldera Records
Release Date: 16 September 2019

Caldera Records present Zbigniew Preisner’s score for the motion picture Lost and Love from 2015, directed by Sanyuan Peng. The movie tells a harrowing true story of loves lost. The love described in the film is the love between parents and their children. Andy Lau plays against type by portraying Lei, a poor fruit-grower. For 15 years, he has been searching for his child, traveling through the vast country in the hope of being united with his offspring. On his way from one end of China to the other, he meets up with a young mechanic who goes by the name of Zeng Shuai as played by Jing Boran. The latter is also searching, although not for his child but for his parents...

Zbigniew Preisner (The History of Eternity; Valley of Shadows) delivers 26 tracks (50 min, 53 sec) from his soundtrack to Lost and Love - a beautiful, intricate score, that has numerous themes woven throughout. It's a passionate, moving and subtle album which opens with 'Lullaby', setting the tone for what is to follow.

The people at Caldera Records have done an incredible job of ordering the tracks in such a way that not only does it flow naturally, but the repeated themes never become too obvious. Preisner manages to get under your skin and tug at the heart strings with his themes here, an impressive enough task if you can do it once in a score, but he does it so many times over the course of this album that it starts to feel effortless. It's pretty obvious that the music is the heart and soul of the movie.

If melancholic, beautiful scores are your thing... you're going to fall in love with Lost and Love. It's an album you're very unlikely to tire of hearing and certainly one that will give you years of pleasure.


Darren Rea

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