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Philip Glass: Dracula [Soundtrack]

Kronos Quartet Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)


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  • Performer: Kronos Quartet
  • Audio CD (August 31, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B00000JZCI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,251 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dracula
2. DRACULA: Journey To The Inn
3. DRACULA: The Inn
4. DRACULA: The Crypt
5. DRACULA: Carriage Without A Driver
6. DRACULA: The Castle
7. DRACULA: The Drawing Room
8. DRACULA: 'Excellent, Mr. Renfield'
9. DRACULA: The Three Consorts Of Dracula
10. DRACULA: The Storm
11. DRACULA: Horrible Tragedy
12. DRACULA: London Fog
13. DRACULA: In The Theatre
14. DRACULA: Lucy's Bitten
15. DRACULA: Seward Sanatorium
16. DRACULA: Renfield
17. DRACULA: In His Cell
18. DRACULA: When The Dream Comes
19. DRACULA: Dracula Enters
20. DRACULA: Or A Wolf
See all 26 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

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It's no surprise that some of Philip Glass's most inspiring projects have been multimedia. The composer's minimalist tendencies lend themselves to the accompaniment of vast landscapes, silent films, and--now--Tod Browning's 1931 horror classic, Dracula. With longstanding collaborators the Kronos Quartet performing the score, Glass has created a soundtrack that moves with rapid-fire momentum and a timeless chamber-music feel. Dracula never sounds sinister or ironic, just ominous--the perfect companion to a film with plenty of dialogue but no pre-existing score. So what if we've already heard Glass's stylistic trademarks--striking arpeggios, repeated motifs, and the like--on any number of albums (for example, the Kronos/Glass soundtrack to Mishima or Uakti's 1999 release, Aguas de Amazonia)? Unlike the epic three and a half hours of Music in Twelve Parts, this enjoyable disc takes just over an hour and it's well worth hearing. In the new video release of Dracula, accompanied by Glass's score, you'll never see Bela Lugosi's mug the same way again. --Jason Verlinde

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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The King of Vampires meets the Master of Minimalism February 27, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This CD features music written by Philip Glass as a live accompaniment to the 1931 film Dracula. In a rather interesting turnabout from the typical situation, the music was written years after the film was made. Glass is riding the recent wave of interest in vampires that was probably spawned by author Anne Rice with her book Interview With the Vampire. The 1931 movie Dracula is not a silent film--there is dialogue, but the only music originally used was a selection from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake played during the opening credits. I should preface my remarks by noting that although I have seen the film (lo, those many years ago) and heard the music, I have not experienced the two together, as Glass intended. However, the folks at Nonesuch have released this as a CD, and so we must judge it as best we can on that basis.
The film, directed by Tod Browning and starring Bela Lugosi as the vampiric count, is a relic of an earlier time, like Dracula himself. It reflects an aesthetic approach that has become foreign to us; that we might even think naive. It is not a technicolor gore-filled splatterfest, not at all. No blood is shown, no corpses decay in slow motion. Indeed, Lugosi's Dracula doesn't even have fangs, and he meets his death out of camera view. Things are implied rather than revealed and explained in detail. And for this, Glass's music seems quite appropriate. It is picturesque--music for a film is so almost by definition. But it is a black-and-white picture, full of shadows concealing things unseen. Not for Glass a huge romantic orchestra in melodic ecstacy, or the full organ trembling a series of diminished chords. Instead, the music for Dracula is scored for string quartet alone, playing the typical minimalist arpeggios and harmonic formulae.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definetely worth picking up January 19, 2003
By epsy
Format:Audio CD
As years go by it seems as if almost every premise for something great has been overused and beaten to death, it's really cool to see an old classic like this given the right treatment without making a mockery of it. Even if you've memorized the entire movies dialogue before this score was introduced, you'll still have visions of Bela Lugosi on the screen when you listen to this soundtrack after seeing it in conjunction with the film. As usual, Kronos Quartet works feverishly with the composer's true intent behind them and churn out quite a great soundtrack that is not only enjoyable as a soundtrack, but an album that stands on it's own just as well.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FANGS FOR THE MEMORY, MR. GLASS! June 16, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Being a Universal horror movie buff, I rather cringed when I heard that Philip Glass had composed a score for Lugosi's DRACULA, a film I know word for word (which is fairly pathetic when one considers it, actually--- but, ah, such are the loves and passions of my youth--- before the video generation). However, giving the devil his due, I must admit that Mr. Glass has written, minimalist though it is, a series of gothic set pieces brimming with atmosphere, gloom and vampires. The thematic material, woven in and out by the exceptionally attuned Kronos Quartet, goes through typical Glass permutations but never seems to become tiresome; in fact, the more one listens, the more one hears. Glass has caught something quite intangible here and it deserves a listen.... best at night with your headphones on.... and with garlic hung from windows and doors!

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars haunting January 14, 2001
By anna
Format:Audio CD
I bought this cd based on curiosity. Having never seen the film, I obviously can't comment on the correspondence between it and this score, but I can say that the creeping gothic mood of the Dracula story is captured effectively here. And the music holds up perfectly well on its own merits. Philip Glass has become quite well-known for his spare compositions, and while this score is not a departure from that style, there is a certain lushness. The Kronos Quartet are clearly extremely talented musicians, somehow managing to make only four instruments sound, at times, like an entire orchestra's string section. There are a few tracks that I imagine work better along with the scenes they are meant to accompany and don't necessarily make for the best plain listening, but these are quite outnumbered by other cues that are nothing less than gorgeous. Absolutely worth a listen.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and moody June 3, 2002
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I have never heard Philip Glass before, but I was captivated while watching "Dracula" with his new score. The music transformed the movie into a more Gothic, more poetic film than before. What a difference music makes to a movie!
As a CD, "Philip Glass: Dracula" is very enjoyable to listen to. This is also my first CD featuring the Kronos Quartet, and I am mesmerized. The music is beautiful. The black mood of Dracula is evoked in every chord.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A minor work by Philip Glass November 5, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Philip Glass' output is large, alternating between major pieces, consisting of beautiful new music (The Screens or the Saxophone Quartet Concerto) and minor works. In these minor pieces he recycles ideas from older works - I think Dracula is one of them. It is a good piece for string quartet but there's nothing very original in it. A release of Orphée, the beautiful opera-ballet Les Enfants Terribles or even the new Symphony No.5 would be much more satisfying. Oh my gosh, that's sounds like a bad review! As I said: it's not a bad piece - 'In the Theatre' is a nice movement and 'The Storm' is very dissonant and quite original. Give it a try, it's really not bad at all. (For the people who dismissed Glass' music as 'Is he serious?' or something like that: Try 'The Screens'!)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Knocked Me Out
I bought a copy of the movie w/this soundtrack because I was curious about Glass and was surprised at the difference Glass' music made to the experience of the movie. Read more
Published on January 31, 2012 by TheRaccoonMan
5.0 out of 5 stars Philip Glass Not A Minimalist
I love this score, but then...it's Philip Glass. Like all of his work it's rich, very rich in texture and I, heretic that I am, believe that Philip Glass's work in the aggregate is... Read more
Published on December 6, 2011 by Jeanne Lafferty
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I've been a big fan of Philip Glass since I first saw Koyaanisqatsi, and when I got the chance to see him, along with the Kronos Quartet, perform this live at Wolf Trap about 10... Read more
Published on November 26, 2010 by but I HAVE to read...
5.0 out of 5 stars the master of all monster scores
great composer great everything i am soo happy i bought this cd it holds a speacil place in my heart
Published on July 22, 2010 by Darth Bane
5.0 out of 5 stars review dracula philip glass
Thrilling and astonishing, breathtaking soundtrack for a classical film, a must have for all Dracula fans and clasical musical listeners.
Published on June 14, 2010 by German J. Santamaria Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars Broken Baroque
From the little that I've heard of Philip Glass's work, I am not a big fan. But this soundtrack is something else. Read more
Published on April 27, 2008 by DawnD
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than A Midsummer Night's Dream
The original soundtrack to "Dracula" was a poorly recorded and tired sounding Mendelssohn "Midsummer's Night Dream", along with (as I may recall) some "Swan Lake". Read more
Published on March 21, 2007 by J. Perrone
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and moody
I have never heard Philip Glass before, but I was captivated while watching "Dracula" with his new score. Read more
Published on June 3, 2002 by Zack Davisson
5.0 out of 5 stars Dracula Soundtrack
This is an absolutely awesome soundtrack. I don't know how many times I've listened to since I first heard it. I have the Dracula DVD and it enhances it beautifully. Read more
Published on March 8, 2002 by Trish
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