The Illusionist Soundtrack
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Glass sophisticated music has been featured in numerous movies throughout his career, earning him many awards and critical praise.
Award winning writer/director/actor Edward Norton stars alongside Jessica Biel and Paul Giamatti in The Illusionist.
Top Customer Reviews
There are 21 tracks on the CD for a total of 51 minutes of music. The tracks seem to radiate from the film's theme, "The Illusionist" (2:24), which introduces the CD. I don't know much about classical music. I can only describe this piece as velvety, dramatic, with 2 distinct layers of sound, and thoroughly captivating. It conveys the idea of a mystery of some substance. The music is itself a conjurer of things unknown. The other tracks are variably suspenseful, majestic, mysterious, ethereal, uplifting, contemplative, and occasionally even pompous.
Philip Glass' score for "Notes on a Scandal" was nominated for an Academy Award the same year he did "The Illusionist". I haven't listened to that score on its own, so I can't say if it is as good as this one when taken out of the context of the film. But it doesn't serve the film as well. The music of "Notes on a Scandal" functions primarily to heighten drama.Read more ›
While everyone praised his sense of clarity and minimalism in his score for THE HOURS, an approach that so keenly fit Cunningham's story, the movement into the 'romantic, lush' realm of the turn of the century musical climate that would have accompanied the story of 'The Illusionist' finds Glass scoring for a larger, somewhat more traditional orchestral palette. And as performed by the Czech Film Orchestra (the film was indeed created in Prague) it is a lush and elegant enhancement of the mood. Thankfully Glass' motif approach and minimalist thinking are not abandoned: anyone can readily recognize the musical signature of the composer in every bar of the score. The pleasure is that Glass measured his own ideas alongside the timeframe of the story, and as usual he got it just right.
This is one of those musical score soundtracks that stands well on its own and for those who are particularly fond of Philip Glass' music, this CD is one to own. Grady Harp, January 07
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoy the music of Phillip Glass and this album does not disappoint. It is driven by his signature fugal style and which I recognized while watching the movie not realizing that... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Stones Throw
I really love the music but it's a muted production of what you hear on the film. Obviously, a technical issue.Published 22 months ago by Don L. Wainwright
This is a fantasy into 'love conquers all,' and that 'good wins in the end.'Published 23 months ago by bentnbroket
Philip Glass' music for this movie is amazing. It is evocative of days before World War I and altogether modern at same time. Wonderful CDPublished on July 2, 2014 by J. Peterson
iyes, very satisfied, works llke new. quick delivery,good price.Published on June 30, 2014 by Janice Peoples
It went beyond my expectations. It is so beautiful. I love the movie and the score that Philip Glass created is magical. Read morePublished on May 30, 2014 by priscilla wilson
The music is moving, evocative, and stirring. Soundtracks are written to evoke an emotion while viewing the film, and that is exactly what this score does. Read morePublished on April 21, 2014 by Charles Bogle