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Dracula

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    This recording is no longer available from Nonesuch Records.

    Two trailblazing new music artists—Kronos Quartet and composer Philip Glass—come together once again for a recording of the first original score for the Universal Pictures 1931 horror film classic Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi. Glass’s score marks the first-ever for a film which the composer himself considers a classic. “Many films have been made based on Dracula since the original in 1931—however, none is equal to the original in eloquence or the sheer power to move us.”

    There have in fact been many screen versions of Bram Stoker’s classic tale of Dracula, but none more famous or enduring than the 1931 original. Starring Bela Lugosi as the world’s best known vampire and directed by horror specialist Tod Browning, Universal Studios’ Dracula creates an eerie, chilling mood that has rarely been realized since. Dracula’s initial theatrical release coincided with the transition from silent pictures to “talkies.” At that time limited technology existed to present the film as a sound picture, so no musical score was ever composed and there were few sound effects. Browning relied on Lugosi’s legendary Hungarian accent to give the film its distinctive sound.

    Glass’s new original score for Dracula was commissioned by Universal Family and Home Entertainment Production for inclusion as part of Universal’s Classic Monsters collection. Philip Glass, in commenting on writing this score, said, “The film is considered a classic. I felt the score needed to evoke the feeling of the world of the 19th century—for that reason I decided a string quartet would be the most evocative and effective. I wanted to stay away from the obvious effects associated with horror films. With Kronos we were able to add depth to the emotional layers of the film.”

    Philip Glass and Kronos Quartet made their first collaborative recording in 1985 for the Paul Schrader film Mishima, after which Kronos commissioned the composer’s Quartet No. 5, and subsequently recorded it along with three others for a 1995 Nonesuch release.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Kronos Quartet:
    David Harrington, violin
    John Sherba, violin
    Hank Dutt, viola
    Joan Jeanrenaud, cello

    PRODUCTION CREDITS

    Produced by Judith Sherman, Michael Reisman, and Kurt Munkacsi
    Recorded August 1998, at Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA
    Engineered by Bob Levy
    Assistant Engineer: Judy Kirschner
    Edited by Judith Sherman and Jeanne Velonis
    Mastered by Judith Sherman and David Harrington at SoundByte Productions, New York, NY
    Production Coordinators: Veronica Arroyo and Amanda Reisman

    Music by Philip Glass

    Design by John Gall
    Artword courtesy of Universal Studios

    Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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Release Date: 
Friday, August 27, 1999 (All day)
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Nonesuch Selection Number: 

79542

Number of Discs in Set: 
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Sunday, August 1, 1999 (All day)
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Philip Glass
Kronos Quartet
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Description: 

This recording is no longer available from Nonesuch Records.

Two trailblazing new music artists—Kronos Quartet and composer Philip Glass—come together once again for a recording of the first original score for the Universal Pictures 1931 horror film classic Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi. Glass’s score marks the first-ever for a film which the composer himself considers a classic. “Many films have been made based on Dracula since the original in 1931—however, none is equal to the original in eloquence or the sheer power to move us.”

There have in fact been many screen versions of Bram Stoker’s classic tale of Dracula, but none more famous or enduring than the 1931 original. Starring Bela Lugosi as the world’s best known vampire and directed by horror specialist Tod Browning, Universal Studios’ Dracula creates an eerie, chilling mood that has rarely been realized since. Dracula’s initial theatrical release coincided with the transition from silent pictures to “talkies.” At that time limited technology existed to present the film as a sound picture, so no musical score was ever composed and there were few sound effects. Browning relied on Lugosi’s legendary Hungarian accent to give the film its distinctive sound.

Glass’s new original score for Dracula was commissioned by Universal Family and Home Entertainment Production for inclusion as part of Universal’s Classic Monsters collection. Philip Glass, in commenting on writing this score, said, “The film is considered a classic. I felt the score needed to evoke the feeling of the world of the 19th century—for that reason I decided a string quartet would be the most evocative and effective. I wanted to stay away from the obvious effects associated with horror films. With Kronos we were able to add depth to the emotional layers of the film.”

Philip Glass and Kronos Quartet made their first collaborative recording in 1985 for the Paul Schrader film Mishima, after which Kronos commissioned the composer’s Quartet No. 5, and subsequently recorded it along with three others for a 1995 Nonesuch release.

DescriptionExcerpt: 

Kronos Quartet performs Glass's new original score for Tod Browning's classic 1931 Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi. "Glass's music doesn't scream," says the Boston Herald. "It sobs—and hits the heart as directly as, well, that vampire-destroying wooden stake." This recording is no longer available from Nonesuch Records.

ProductionCredits: 

MUSICIANS
Kronos Quartet:
David Harrington, violin
John Sherba, violin
Hank Dutt, viola
Joan Jeanrenaud, cello

PRODUCTION CREDITS

Produced by Judith Sherman, Michael Reisman, and Kurt Munkacsi
Recorded August 1998, at Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA
Engineered by Bob Levy
Assistant Engineer: Judy Kirschner
Edited by Judith Sherman and Jeanne Velonis
Mastered by Judith Sherman and David Harrington at SoundByte Productions, New York, NY
Production Coordinators: Veronica Arroyo and Amanda Reisman

Music by Philip Glass

Design by John Gall
Artword courtesy of Universal Studios

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz