Lakeshore Records will release The Promise - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on April 21st and on CD June 2, 2017. The album features the film's original score by Academy Award-winning composer Gabriel Yared, with the original song "The Promise" written and performed by Multi-Grammy Award-winning and Golden Globe nominated singer/songwriter Chris Cornell, and an exclusive version of the Armenian folk song "Sari Siroun Yar" by Grammy Award-winning Serj Tankian performing with the Authentic Light Orchestra (feat. Veronika Stalder).
It is 1914. As the Great War looms, the vast Ottoman Empire is crumbling. Constantinople (Istanbul), its once vibrant, multicultural capital is about to be consumed by chaos. Michael Boghosian (Oscar Isaac), arrives in the cosmopolitan hub as a medical student determined to bring modern medicine back to Siroun, his ancestral village in Southern Turkey where Turkish Muslims and Armenian Christians have lived side by side for centuries.
Photo-journalist Chris Myers (Christian Bale), has come here only partly to cover geo-politics. He is mesmerized by his love for Ana (Charlotte le Bon), an Armenian artist he has accompanied from Paris after the sudden death of her father. When Michael meets Ana, their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between the two men even as Michael hangs on to a promise from his past. After the Turks join the war on the German side, the Empire turns violently against its own ethnic minorities. Despite their conflicts, everyone must find a way to surviveeven as monumental events envelope their lives.
"I was born in Lebanon, and during my childhood all my friends, musicians and artists were Armenian. It was a great treat to work with Terry George on such a delicate and essential topic," said Yared.
"If it's something you or your family members went through, it's something you're faced with confronting on a daily basis," said Cornell.