As the Kronos Quartet disc of Dracula and other examples prove, a Philip Glass film score can often be a powerful experience without the cinematic images.

As the Kronos Quartet disc of Dracula and other examples prove, a Philip Glass film score can often be a powerful experience without the cinematic images. Other times—as with his piano, string quartet, and orchestra settings for Stephen Daldry's film The Hours—what works strikingly well in complement to strong imagery can be pretty thin tea on its own. Those who have not tired of Glass' repetitive minimalist arpeggios and who fall for the movie with Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, and Nicole Kidman may find this disc wanly attractive; others may hear it only as pleasant background or, worse, as a composer churning out too much music these days for his own, or our, good. Typical of Nonesuch, though, the recording, annotation, and packaging are top-class.—BB

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