Requiem for a Dream [Soundtrack]

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This performance of Clint Mansell’s score is as haunting and harrowing as Darren Aronofsky’s film, which the New York Times called “a knockout.” A suite derived from the score has become a popular addition to the Kronos live repertoire.

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In his second collaboration with Darren Aronofsky, acclaimed director of the 1997 film pi, composer CLINT MANSELL has written original music for Aronofsky’s current project, Requiem for a Dream. The film, released through Artisan Entertainment, stars Academy Award-winner Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly and Marlon Wayans. Mansell’s new score includes performances by Kronos Quartet, with arrangements by David Lang, one of the founders of Bang on a Can.

British composer/musician Clint Mansell, a former front man and founding member of the pioneering English rock/hip hop band Pop Will Eat Itself, composed the mostly-electronic score for Requiem for a Dream this year, three years since completing new music for Darren Aronofsky’s critically acclaimed feature debut p. Since 1997 Mansell has produced one record, has completed several remixes, and is currently writing and recording the score for the upcoming film Knockaround Guys, starring John Malkovich, Dennis Hopper and Vin Diesel. He is also working on his debut solo album.

Mansell’s score for Requiem for a Dream serves to intensify the wide range of emotions that permeate the film. Mansell, in commenting on his work with director Aronofsky and Kronos Quartet said, “In a homogenized world of brand names and mass production, a world where art is always at odds with commerce, it is unbelievably gratifying to work with artists such as Darren Aronofsky and the Kronos Quartet, whose desire to go beyond the norm, beyond the expected, is not tempered by the desire to be commercially palatable.”

Requiem for a Dream is adapted from the 1978 novel by celebrated author Hubert Selby, Jr. (Last Exit to Brooklyn), who also wrote the screenplay with Aronofsky. Set on the rusted mean streets of Coney Island, Brooklyn, Requiem for a Dream tells the parallel stories of four people pursuing their dreams of better lives. Sara Goldfarb (Ellen Burstyn) is a lonely widow who is revitalized by the prospect of appearing on television as a game show contestant, while her son Harry (Jared Leto), his girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly), and his friend Tyrone (Marlon Wayans) have devised an illicit shortcut to wealth and ease. Lulled by early successes, the characters convince themselves that unforeseen setbacks are only temporary, ignoring their deteriorating circumstances and clinging to the delusions that are slowly destroying their lives. In denying this reality until it is too late, Sara, Harry, Marion and Tyrone are faced with their worst nightmare. Requiem for a Dream is presented by Artisan Entertainment and Thousand Words, and is distributed in the US by Artisan Entertainment.

Since its inception in 1973 Kronos Quartet has emerged as a leading voice for new music, commissioning more than 400 new works from the near and far corners of the globe, and releasing more than 25 records through an exclusive recording agreement with Nonesuch Records. Combining a unique musical vision with a fearless dedication to experimentation, Kronos has assembled a body of work that is unparalleled in its range and diversity. Kronos continues to capture the attention of audiences worldwide, with an extensive international touring schedule of more than 100 concerts each year.

ProductionCredits

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Clint Mansell, except Kronos Quartet performances produced by Judith Sherman with arrangements by David Lang
Recorded and Mixed March 1-8, 2000 at Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA
Engineered by Dann Michael Thompson
Mixed by Leslie Ann Jones and Dann Michael Thompson
Assistant Engineers: André j.h. Zweers, Bob Levy, Brandon Proctor
Digital Editing: Tom Luekens and Andre j.h. Zweers
Technical Engineer: Aaron Reiff
All machines programmed by Clint Mansell
Tracks 16 and 24 engineered, programmed and mixed by James Murphy for the DFA at Plantain Recording House, New York City
Soundtrack album produced by Clint Mansell and David Harrington
Mastered by Paul Zinman and David Harrington at SoundByte Productions, Inc., New York City

All music composed by Clint Mansell, except tracks 16 and 24 by Brian Emrich and Theodore Birkey

Design by 27.12 design
Photographs by John Baer, © 2000 Artisan Entertainment

Executive Producer for Nonesuch Records: David Bither

 

 

Nonesuch Selection Number

79611

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1disc
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Album Status
Artist Name
Clint Mansell
Kronos Quartet
MusicianDetails

MUSICIANS
Kronos Quartet:
David Harrington, violin
John Sherba, violin
Hank Dutt, viola
Jennifer Culp, cello

The Moonrats (16, 24):
Marcel Reginatto, saxophone, vocals
Brian Emrich, bass guitar, vocals
Oscar Oñoz, trumpet, vocals
Theodore Birkey, keyboards, vocals
Hector Torres, percussion, vocals
Darren Aronofsky, vocals

Cover Art
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Label
CD+MP3
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075597961126BUN
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MP3
Price
9.00
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075597961164
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LP+MP3
Price
21.00
UPC
075597947250
  • 79611

News & Reviews

  • Following Kronos Quartet’s historic 50th-anniversary season, longtime members John Sherba (violin) and Hank Dutt (viola) will retire from the ensemble at the end of June. Dutt joined Kronos in 1977; he and founder David Harrington (violin) recruited Sherba to join the group in 1978. Between now and the end of June, Sherba and Dutt will perform more than 20 shows with Harrington and cellist Paul Wiancko, who joined the quartet in 2023, culminating at the ninth annual Kronos Festival at the SFJAZZ Center. Kronos will enter its sixth decade with two new members: violinist Gabriela Díaz and violist Ayane Kozasa will join Harrington and Wiancko.

  • As part of Kronos: Five Decades, the year-long celebration of Kronos Quartet’s 50th anniversary, the group is publishing five decade-spanning playlists curated by its founder and violinist David Harrington. The fifth and final playlist, featuring music Kronos performed in its fifth decade, 2013–2022, is out now. It includes music from their album A Thousand Thoughts; Folk Songs, with vocals by Sam Amidon, Olivia Chaney, Natalie Merchant, and Rhiannon Giddens; their Grammy-winning collaboration with Laurie Anderson, Landfall; and Terry Riley's Sun Rings. You can hear it here.

  • About This Album

    In his second collaboration with Darren Aronofsky, acclaimed director of the 1997 film pi, composer CLINT MANSELL has written original music for Aronofsky’s current project, Requiem for a Dream. The film, released through Artisan Entertainment, stars Academy Award-winner Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly and Marlon Wayans. Mansell’s new score includes performances by Kronos Quartet, with arrangements by David Lang, one of the founders of Bang on a Can.

    British composer/musician Clint Mansell, a former front man and founding member of the pioneering English rock/hip hop band Pop Will Eat Itself, composed the mostly-electronic score for Requiem for a Dream this year, three years since completing new music for Darren Aronofsky’s critically acclaimed feature debut p. Since 1997 Mansell has produced one record, has completed several remixes, and is currently writing and recording the score for the upcoming film Knockaround Guys, starring John Malkovich, Dennis Hopper and Vin Diesel. He is also working on his debut solo album.

    Mansell’s score for Requiem for a Dream serves to intensify the wide range of emotions that permeate the film. Mansell, in commenting on his work with director Aronofsky and Kronos Quartet said, “In a homogenized world of brand names and mass production, a world where art is always at odds with commerce, it is unbelievably gratifying to work with artists such as Darren Aronofsky and the Kronos Quartet, whose desire to go beyond the norm, beyond the expected, is not tempered by the desire to be commercially palatable.”

    Requiem for a Dream is adapted from the 1978 novel by celebrated author Hubert Selby, Jr. (Last Exit to Brooklyn), who also wrote the screenplay with Aronofsky. Set on the rusted mean streets of Coney Island, Brooklyn, Requiem for a Dream tells the parallel stories of four people pursuing their dreams of better lives. Sara Goldfarb (Ellen Burstyn) is a lonely widow who is revitalized by the prospect of appearing on television as a game show contestant, while her son Harry (Jared Leto), his girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly), and his friend Tyrone (Marlon Wayans) have devised an illicit shortcut to wealth and ease. Lulled by early successes, the characters convince themselves that unforeseen setbacks are only temporary, ignoring their deteriorating circumstances and clinging to the delusions that are slowly destroying their lives. In denying this reality until it is too late, Sara, Harry, Marion and Tyrone are faced with their worst nightmare. Requiem for a Dream is presented by Artisan Entertainment and Thousand Words, and is distributed in the US by Artisan Entertainment.

    Since its inception in 1973 Kronos Quartet has emerged as a leading voice for new music, commissioning more than 400 new works from the near and far corners of the globe, and releasing more than 25 records through an exclusive recording agreement with Nonesuch Records. Combining a unique musical vision with a fearless dedication to experimentation, Kronos has assembled a body of work that is unparalleled in its range and diversity. Kronos continues to capture the attention of audiences worldwide, with an extensive international touring schedule of more than 100 concerts each year.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Kronos Quartet:
    David Harrington, violin
    John Sherba, violin
    Hank Dutt, viola
    Jennifer Culp, cello

    The Moonrats (16, 24):
    Marcel Reginatto, saxophone, vocals
    Brian Emrich, bass guitar, vocals
    Oscar Oñoz, trumpet, vocals
    Theodore Birkey, keyboards, vocals
    Hector Torres, percussion, vocals
    Darren Aronofsky, vocals

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Clint Mansell, except Kronos Quartet performances produced by Judith Sherman with arrangements by David Lang
    Recorded and Mixed March 1-8, 2000 at Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA
    Engineered by Dann Michael Thompson
    Mixed by Leslie Ann Jones and Dann Michael Thompson
    Assistant Engineers: André j.h. Zweers, Bob Levy, Brandon Proctor
    Digital Editing: Tom Luekens and Andre j.h. Zweers
    Technical Engineer: Aaron Reiff
    All machines programmed by Clint Mansell
    Tracks 16 and 24 engineered, programmed and mixed by James Murphy for the DFA at Plantain Recording House, New York City
    Soundtrack album produced by Clint Mansell and David Harrington
    Mastered by Paul Zinman and David Harrington at SoundByte Productions, Inc., New York City

    All music composed by Clint Mansell, except tracks 16 and 24 by Brian Emrich and Theodore Birkey

    Design by 27.12 design
    Photographs by John Baer, © 2000 Artisan Entertainment

    Executive Producer for Nonesuch Records: David Bither

     

     

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