The film is considered a classic. I felt the score needed to evoke the feeling of the world of the 19th century — for that reason I decided a string quartet would be the most evocative and effective. I wanted to stay away from the obvious effects associated with horror films. With Kronos we were able to add depth to the emotional layers of the film. - Philip Glass
Although there have been numerous screen versions of Bram Stoker’s classic tale, none is more enduring than this 1931 original. Towering ominously among the shadows of the Carpathian Mountains, Castle Dracula strikes fear into the hearts of the Transylvanian villagers below. Bela Lugosi, starring as the screen’s most popular vampire Count Dracula, together with horror specialist Director Tod Browning, create the film’s eerie and chilling mood. Dracula remains a masterpiece not only of the genre, but for all time. Experience this timeless classic brought to life in this Digitally Enhanced and Remastered Edition, Scored recently with new music by Philip Glass, performed by Philip Glass Ensemble’s Michael Riesman and Bang on a Can.
MICHAEL RIESMAN is a composer, conductor, keyboardist, record producer, and is the Music Director of the Philip Glass Ensemble. He has conducted and performed on many recordings of works by Glass, including most of his film soundtracks. He has recorded three albums of piano arrangements of Glass film music: Dracula, Philip Glass Soundtracks, and Beauty and the Beast. He has conducted major ensembles including the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Toronto, Sydney, and BBC Symphony Orchestras, and has appeared as a piano soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Milwaukee Symphony. He has conducted and performed on albums by Paul Simon (Hearts and Bones) and David Bowie (BlackTie/White Noise). Mr. Riesman released an album, Formal Abandon, on the Rizzoli label, which originated from a commission by choreographer Lucinda Childs.