Dracula

Label
Nonesuch
Release date
9 Apr 2007
Running length
26 tracks
Running time
66:00

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Dracula 1:08 17,925
2 Journey to the Inn 0:44 14,032
3 The Inn 3:22 10,726
4 The Crypt 1:22 12,415
5 Carriage Without a Driver 2:09 9,098
6 The Castle 3:03 9,685
7 The Drawing Room 1:25 10,064
8 "Excellent, Mr Renfield" 2:48 5,219
9 The Three Consorts of Dracula 1:45 8,536
10 The Storm 1:28 8,232
11 Horrible Tragedy 1:23 8,135
12 London Fog 1:15 7,920
13 In the Theatre 3:21 7,729
14 Lucy's Bitten 2:35 7,718
15 Seward Sanatorium 3:05 7,274
16 Renfield 3:14 9,535
17 In His Cell 1:37 7,990
18 When the Dream Comes 2:14 7,865
19 Dracula Enters 3:39 7,727
20 Or a Wolf 4:17 6,289
21 Women in White 2:55 7,394
22 Renfield in the Drawing Room 3:20 5,539
23 Dr. Van Helsing and Dracula 2:35 8,139
24 Mina on the Terrace 3:55 6,209
25 Mina's Bedroom / The Abbey 3:38 741
26 The End of Dracula 3:43 7,201

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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