Boomkat Product Review:
This latest offering from Orange Mountain Music sees virtuoso solo pianist Michael Reisman take on Philip Glass’s fabulous score for Bela Lugosi’s 1931 version of Dracula. Okay so this might not be as important as Murnau’s ‘Nosferatu’ but it comes close, Lugosi’s turn as the dreadful Count has gone down in history as one of the most memorably horror performances of all time. Glass’s score then is notably restrained given the status of the film itself, but this only serves to enhance the tension of the narrative – it’s a story that we all know, so is something we can all follow without visual accompaniment. Reisman has worked on Glass’s music before, he arranged and worked with Glass on his award winning soundtrack for ‘The Hours’, so he really has an ear for Glass’s very specific compositional style, and this is audible throughout the recording. Some of you may have heard the Kronos Quartet version of the soundtrack before especially as it was included in the DVD re-issue of the movie, but this to me takes the pieces into lonelier more desolate places, and perfectly fits with Glass’s singular vision of what Dracula is. Interestingly enough, the final piece on this CD wasn’t even on the DVD or Kronos Quartet version either, so you’re getting something new too… very good indeed.