The Legend of Zhen Huan: Full OST!

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I decided to put a Ling Rong picture for the featured image since she is the most talented singer out of all of the concubines!  In case you haven’t noticed, most of the songs from the Legend of Zhen Huan’s soundtrack that are available online are not that good quality, and it is kinda hard to find the songs with English titles.  Thankfully a kind soul uploaded the entire soundtrack in pretty good quality!

^Here is the playlist, a full 15 songs!  The first few songs will probably make you think that you’ve heard those all before…move on further into the playlist for the songs that are less common!  

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One thing I realized after listening to the whole soundtrack is that the songs for LZH are actually very solid.  I do think that the drama is in need of some more variety for the instrumental tracks, simply because there is only so much you can do with 15 songs for a 76-episode drama.  It got to the point where I could pretty much predict which song would come on during which scene (ALWAYS the same sad song for the sad scenes, heheh).  But overall it’s a wonderful soundtrack, there is great detail for every song and I love the main melody!

  1. Yao Bei Na – Bodhisattva (Female Version)
    • One of the theme songs.
  2. Liu Huan – Flying Pheonix
    • The ending theme song.
  3. Yao Bei Na – Picking Lotus Seeds
    • One of Ling Rong’s songs.  Anyone remember when this one is sung?
  4. Yao Bei Na – The Golden Threaded Robe
    • Another one of Ling Rong’s songs.  Love this one!
  5. Jing Hong Dance
    • Is this when Zhen Huan dances for the emperor, with Ling Rong singing and Mei Zhuang playing the zither?  I’m pretty sure it’s one of Ling Rong’s songs, not sure when it’s sung though.
  6. Liu Huan – Bodhisattva (Male Version)
    • The male version of the first song.  Not as charming but I don’t think it’s all that bad…some people think it’s horrible O_O
  7. Yao Bei Na – Girl’s Calamity
    • The opening theme song.  Absolutely beautiful.
  8. Sovereign Descends
    • I believe this song is played when Zhen Huan reenters the palace!  An epic scene!
  9.   Awake And Alone
    • I think this song is played when Zhen Huan & the emperor first meet in the garden.  It’s a song of innocence.
  10. Pour Out One’s Heart By The River
    • How’s that for a beautiful title, eh?  A wistful, yearning song.  I think it’s normally played during Zhen Huan’s depressing monologues.
  11. Die with Husband
    • As you can tell by the title, NOT a happy song.  Actually I don’t quite remember when this song was played but it is bringing back memories of Hua Fei???
  12. Girls First Join the Palace
    • As you can tell by the title, this is when Zhen Huan, Mei Zhuang, and Ling Rong all enter the palace for the first time. 
  13. Windy & Snowy Wild
    • An incredibly sad wistful song that is often played during the sad scenes.  One of my favorites!  I think one particular time it was played was during 17th & Zhen Huan’s final scene together?
  14. Daughter’s Droplets of Tears
    • That one song where the singer just sadly hums the melody.  Another great sad song that goes hand in hand with #13.
  15. Connected by heart
    • I believe this song was also played with 17th and Zhen Huan, and also maybe during one of the big celebrations that the emperor had with the harem.  It is a happier song.

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What do you think of the soundtrack?  Any favorite songs or favorite scenes that the songs were played in?  I think they are all great for the many scenes in LZH!

[Note: Please correct the English titles if they are wrong!]

heisui

I'm heisui, an Asian drama blogger and the creator of My Drama Tea. I love stories and writing, so I watch dramas and blog. I especially have a penchant for Japanese and Chinese dramas, and those hidden gems that are waiting to be discovered. Oh, and I'm Legend of Zhen Huan-obsessed!
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  • I’ve been listening to this OST for a while and still not tired of it! Really a nice CD.
    I do agree with you that there could be some more musics for the drama. J-dramas have very good OST that C-dramas can’t compare. But I think BBJX and LZH are the good signs that C-drama music is getting up now. 😛

  • The lyrics have quite a bit of literary depth to them. I think there’s a couple of the songs translated into English on the internet…. let me see… here they are… three of them. 🙂 …. welll… two of them are male and female version of the same song.

    Picking lotus seed is translated here… I think this was from when Zhen Huan was recovering and in shock over the loss of her first child. Ling Rong took the opportunity to weasel away some favor from Zhen Huan by singing on the water in the boat with her face partially veiled in front of the Emperor and his entourage and the Emperor was all like “mmmm…. her voice is kinda like Chun Yuan’s. Must have her!!” That scene.

    Jing Hong Dance is from Zhen Huan’s dance scene. I think that translated, it means Dance of Womanly Grace or Dance of Lithe or something to that essence.

  • Thank you Heisui!!! I’ve been looking for this soundtrack! Also, does anyone have the full version of Sun Li singing Flying Phoenix?

  • the songs in this OST are all made by LIU HUAN(who sing the song 《Flying Pheonix》)
    and i don’t now can you remember ,he sing 《you and me》 with Sarah Brightman in 2008 beijing Olympic Opening Ceremony.

  • Hi hi it’s me again…

    I think I downloaded the OST from this link
    http://nhachot.info/ost-empresses-in-the-palace-tv-original-soundtrack-cpop-2012-iukoo-mp3-album/
    and the quality has been quite awesome…I burned it into my own CD/iPod and have been playing it in the car…

    Do let me know if it doesn’t work and I’ll try to upload onto your blog site during the school holidays….am quite busy these days…

    Hope y’all enjoy the music as much as I did

  • Hi there, does anybody know where I can find the Liu Huan – Flying Pheonix in english? Not english sub, but the version where he actually sings in english. I love how he sings that song in english. Thanks.

  • The 3rd song is used when Ling Rong dies. Very haunting song to go with the moment. I actually cried when Ling rong died.

  • The lyrics of several songs in the OST are taken from antient Chinese poems. The first song Bodhisattva is a poem by Wen Tingyun, a Late Tang Dynasty poet (lived more than 1,100years ago); the third song – picking lotus seed is a folk song of Han Yuefu (collection of folk songs, more than 2,000 years ago); the fourth is a rare piece by a Female poet in Tang Dynasty (again, more than 1,000 years ago); the fifth is a masterpiece by a Wei poet Cao Zhi (brother of Cao Pi, the emperor of Wei) in Three Kingdoms era (more than 1,700 years ago). I’ll find the translation of the lyrics and post it here.

  • The lyrics of first, third, fourth and fifth song are taken from antient Chinese poetry. The first is a Ci (literally translated as “Lyrics”, a more flexible form of poetry) by Late Tang Dynasty poet Wen Tingyun; the third is a folk song from Han Yuefu (collection of folk songs in Han Dynasty) ; the fourth is a rare poem by a female Tang Dynasty poet Du Qiuniang; the fifth is a masterpiece by Wei poet Cao Zhi (brother of Cao Pi, the emperor of Wei, both brothers famous poets). The time when these poems were written can be traced back around 2,000 to 1,000 years ago. I’ll try to find the translations and post them here.

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