26 Songs, 1 Hour 6 Minutes

TITLE TIME

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

benlusty ,

horrible tragedy

Dracula is about anxiety, an unspeakable fear of the outside world, and suspicion of outsiders. The novel isn't subtle, but this music is. The story's themes couple so completely with the music, that the music itself triggers the horrible images of the movie.
Done in quartet, the music swirls, rises, and falls with the two violins giving most of the melody to the cello. The result is the timbre of the violin creates a mist of anxiety while the cello's sombre boom throws the desparing theme at the listener. The cello is relentless and unremitting, like Dracula himself, and an air of inevitability pulls the music deepr and deeper into the listener's soul as the story moves from Transylvannia to London.

But the resolution is at once hopeful and doubtfull, as in the story. The dissonance slowly gives way, like clouds breaking, to a dolefull sweetness. Dracula leaves the story, and the music, resentful, barely defeated, and entirely evil. The music is a masterpiece in both capturing the story's anxiety and artistry.

buildangel ,

Fabulous for new Philip Glass listeners

I highly recommend this particular album for those who aren't as familiar with the work of Philip Glass as well as the endless talent and eclectic music of the Kronos Quartet musicians. Glass composed this music as a backdrop for the original 1931 silent film "Dracula" starring Bela Lugosi. I was fortunate enough to see a production of this in Chicago. The silent film was shown on the movie screen while Philip Glass and his musicians were behind the screen. Throughout the movie the transparency of the screen was changed such that at certain points you could see the musicians as another layer onto the movie itself. This is a wonderfully done soundtrack that adds new life to a silent film and showcases the musical crafting and stylistics of Philip Glass. If you're ready to move on to more of his music, I recommend "Koyaanisqatsi" which is a soundtrack to a triology of films called Qatsi, this first one dealing with urban life vs. the environment.

Mourneblade ,

Listen To Them...What Music They Make!

I'm a long time fan of the old school horror films, and when I first heard the score accompanying the film on the enhanced DVD, it all clicked into place like a coffin lid. This might be Phillip Glass' most listenable work ( I dig most of his music, but not everyone does), and it's perfectly creepy- subtle and at the same time foreboding. I love it!

More By Kronos Quartet

You May Also Like