Dracula

Label
Nonesuch
Release date
20 Sep 1999
Running length
26 tracks
Running time
66:00

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Dracula 1:08 18,091
2 Journey to the Inn 0:44 14,160
3 The Inn 3:22 10,847
4 The Crypt 1:22 12,538
5 Carriage Without a Driver 2:09 9,219
6 The Castle 3:03 9,801
7 The Drawing Room 1:25 10,173
8 "Excellent, Mr Renfield" 2:48 5,303
9 The Three Consorts of Dracula 1:45 8,657
10 The Storm 1:28 8,343
11 Horrible Tragedy 1:23 8,248
12 London Fog 1:15 8,031
13 In the Theatre 3:21 7,858
14 Lucy's Bitten 2:35 7,830
15 Seward Sanatorium 3:05 7,366
16 Renfield 3:14 9,677
17 In His Cell 1:37 8,099
18 When the Dream Comes 2:14 7,967
19 Dracula Enters 3:39 7,835
20 Or a Wolf 4:17 6,410
21 Women in White 2:55 7,498
22 Renfield in the Drawing Room 3:20 5,626
23 Dr. Van Helsing and Dracula 2:35 8,273
24 Mina on the Terrace 3:55 6,324
25 Mina's Bedroom / The Abbey 3:38 751
26 The End of Dracula 3:43 7,302

About this album

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 Béla 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 Béla 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, to be released on video on August 31. Philip Glass, in commenting on writing this score, said, “The film is considered a classic.

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