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Kundun [Soundtrack]

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  • Happy birthday in advance to composer Philip Glass, who turns 80 this coming Tuesday. Among the celebratory events around the world this concert season is a BBC Total Immersion Day, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 from the Barbican in London this Saturday. NPR Music is marking Glass's milestone birthday with personal reflections from artists who have collaborated with the composer, including Laurie Anderson and Nico Muhly.

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    The score to Martin Scorsese’s film biography of the Dalai Lama is performed by a unique orchestra comprised of Tibetan and Western instruments, led by the composer. Kundun tells the life story of the 14th Dalai Lama, from his discovery during childhood through the Chinese invasion of Tibet, to his journey into exile which raised the world’s consciousness to the plight of his people.

    In discussing Kundun, Scorsese calls his collaboration with Glass “the realization of a long-cherished dream.” He continues: “[Glass's] Buddhist faith and deep understanding of Tibetan culture combine with the subtlety of his composition to play an essential role in our movie on the life of the Dalai Lama. Philip Glass is an artist of tremendous sensitivity whose music works from the inside of the film, from its heart, to produce a powerful emotional intensity which remains for days in the listener’s head ... For me, the images in the film no longer stand on their own without Philip Glass’s music. I consider myself fortunate, indeed blessed, to have worked with him on Kundun.”

    Glass, who has long been involved with the Tibetan community in both India and the United States said, “I felt that the only way for the music to be an organic part of the film was to work throughout the entire process of shooting and editing. It was very interactive and I believe that Marty enjoyed it as much as I did.”

     

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Dhondup Namgyal Khorko, Tibetan horns and cymbals
    Alan Raph, bass trombone
    Lauren Goldenstein-Stubbs, bassoon, contrabassoon
    Gordon Gottlieb, percussion
    Steven Hartman, clarinet, bass clarinet
    Susan Jolles, harp
    Sharon Moe, French Horn
    Michael Riesman, piano, celeste, synthesizer
    Henry Schuman, oboe
    Richard Sher, cello
    Andrew Sterman, piccolo
    Carol Wincenc, flute
    Wilmer Wise, trumpet
    Gyuto Monks
    Monks of The Drukpa Order

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Music Composed by Philip Glass
    Music Conducted by Michael Reisman
    Music Produced by Kurt Munkacsi
    Executive Music Producer: Jim Keller
    Recorded at The Looking Glass Studios, New York City
    A Production of Euphorbia Productions, New York City
    Engineer: Martin Czembor
    Assistant Engineers: Ryoji Hata, John Billingsley
    Chief Technical Engineer: Jamie Mereness
    Computer Technician: Dylan Drazen
    Production Coodinators: Veronica Arroyo, Ramona Kirshenman
    Assistant Production Coordinators: Emily Hall Shannon, Sean McCaul
    Studio Management: Amanda Reisman
    Interns: Jason Smirchich, Kenneth Marks, Palo Chalupka, John Ho
    Gyuto Monks courtesy of Windham Hill records, produced by Mickey Hart
    Monks of the Drukpa Order courtesy of Lyrichord Discs

    Executives in Charge of Music for The Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group: Kathy Nelson and Bill Green

    Kundun published by Touchstone Pictures Music & Songs, Inc. (ASCAP). All other Philip Glass music published by Dunvagen Music Publishers, Inc., New York City

    Design: Merideth Harte for 27.12 design Ltd., New York City

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Philip Glass
Release Date: 
Friday, November 21, 1997 - 05:00
DescriptionExcerpt: 

Kundun, filmmaker Martin Scorsese's 1997 biography of the Dalai Lama, was a labor of love for both the director and composer. The Village Voice praised the "caressing intensity" of Glass's score: "A mere phrase can insinuate a range of feeling, from poignancy to majesty."

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The score to Martin Scorsese’s film biography of the Dalai Lama is performed by a unique orchestra comprised of Tibetan and Western instruments, led by the composer. Kundun tells the life story of the 14th Dalai Lama, from his discovery during childhood through the Chinese invasion of Tibet, to his journey into exile which raised the world’s consciousness to the plight of his people.

In discussing Kundun, Scorsese calls his collaboration with Glass “the realization of a long-cherished dream.” He continues: “[Glass's] Buddhist faith and deep understanding of Tibetan culture combine with the subtlety of his composition to play an essential role in our movie on the life of the Dalai Lama. Philip Glass is an artist of tremendous sensitivity whose music works from the inside of the film, from its heart, to produce a powerful emotional intensity which remains for days in the listener’s head ... For me, the images in the film no longer stand on their own without Philip Glass’s music. I consider myself fortunate, indeed blessed, to have worked with him on Kundun.”

Glass, who has long been involved with the Tibetan community in both India and the United States said, “I felt that the only way for the music to be an organic part of the film was to work throughout the entire process of shooting and editing. It was very interactive and I believe that Marty enjoyed it as much as I did.”

 

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Music Composed by Philip Glass
Music Conducted by Michael Reisman
Music Produced by Kurt Munkacsi
Executive Music Producer: Jim Keller
Recorded at The Looking Glass Studios, New York City
A Production of Euphorbia Productions, New York City
Engineer: Martin Czembor
Assistant Engineers: Ryoji Hata, John Billingsley
Chief Technical Engineer: Jamie Mereness
Computer Technician: Dylan Drazen
Production Coodinators: Veronica Arroyo, Ramona Kirshenman
Assistant Production Coordinators: Emily Hall Shannon, Sean McCaul
Studio Management: Amanda Reisman
Interns: Jason Smirchich, Kenneth Marks, Palo Chalupka, John Ho
Gyuto Monks courtesy of Windham Hill records, produced by Mickey Hart
Monks of the Drukpa Order courtesy of Lyrichord Discs

Executives in Charge of Music for The Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group: Kathy Nelson and Bill Green

Kundun published by Touchstone Pictures Music & Songs, Inc. (ASCAP). All other Philip Glass music published by Dunvagen Music Publishers, Inc., New York City

Design: Merideth Harte for 27.12 design Ltd., New York City

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Nonesuch Selection Number: 

79460

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
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Saturday, November 1, 1997 - 05:00
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CD+MP3
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MP3
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11.00
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MUSICIANS
Dhondup Namgyal Khorko, Tibetan horns and cymbals
Alan Raph, bass trombone
Lauren Goldenstein-Stubbs, bassoon, contrabassoon
Gordon Gottlieb, percussion
Steven Hartman, clarinet, bass clarinet
Susan Jolles, harp
Sharon Moe, French Horn
Michael Riesman, piano, celeste, synthesizer
Henry Schuman, oboe
Richard Sher, cello
Andrew Sterman, piccolo
Carol Wincenc, flute
Wilmer Wise, trumpet
Gyuto Monks
Monks of The Drukpa Order

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