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4.0 out of 5 stars Sparse, Beautiful, Thoughtful, 4 Feb 2002
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This review is from: Dracula (Audio CD)
When the orginal Dracula was released in 1931, sound was pretty new - a music soundtrack was just beyond the technology at the time. So, Bela Lugosi went to the big screen with no music.
Here, all these years later, Phillip Glass has written some music to go with that film.
The 1990's Dracula was very Hollywood - laid on thick, including Wojciech Kilar's (admittedly powerful) score.
Glass strips it right back - quite content to let the music sit in the background of a film that needed little accompaniment (it, and the orginal Nosferatu are both far, far scarier than their subsequent remakes).
The pieces are sparse and autumnal - very much like Ravel's string quartet pieces, although you hear Glass there. Unlike his more irritating efforts (with Laurie Anderson - and I am NOT going to live in New York for 10 years to learn how to like it) - these are really beautiful pieces.
Unlike Wojciech Kilar's score for Coppola's Dracula, this can be listened to at any thoughtful serene time. The Kronos Quartet's playing is at their best - they really capture the spirit of the pieces, especially the swirling eddy of the opening track.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 7 Dec 2000
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Glass's ound track for this epic film goes a long way to catch the atmosphere of the movie. It is a shame that it is no sold in video format so that the full chill of the tale is not caught. Still fantastic playing and a good listen
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