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KUNDUN: SOUNDTRACK

CD Soundtrack Review
By Andrew L. Urban

"The extraordinary thing about this soundtrack is that it is equally sublime whether enjoyed as the integral part of the film or as music on its own, in your own preferred ambiance. I have heard it many times while I write, and could easily meditate to it in a warm bath, make love to it’s accompaniment, read – or even simply shut my eyes and simply absorb it. In its destined role as a film score, as Martin Scorsese says, "the beauty, magic, grandeur and spirituality of the score allow us to feel the pulse of the story as it unfolds." Glass brings his Buddhist faith and understanding of Tibetan culture to the score, which manages to weave together all those elements with his own unique musical signature. Superbly conducted by Michael Riesman, the music is satisfying on every level: it is sensuous, evocative, often serene but also filled with light. It is also unpredictable in its own context: for example, the 7.05 minute track titled Chinese Invade, obviously literally meant for the film sequence, is devoid of the musical hysteria you might expect. Dark Kitchen has some soronious tones, but balanced by flickers of light. Another blessing is that the CD is not ‘bitty’; the shortest track is 1.29 and there are only three out of 18 tracks under 2 minutes. This is over 60 minutes of beautifully complex and haunting music."

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KUNDUN
Catalogue Number: 7559-79460-2
Label: Warner Bros
RRP: $29.95
Available: All music outlets

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Composer: Philip Glass
Conductor: Michael Riseman
Producer: Kurt Munkacsi
Exec Producer: Jim Keller

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"Philip Glass's score for Kundun is the realisation of a long-cherished dream. For years, I had hoped to work with Glass, and in Kundun we found the ideal subject for a special collaboration. His Buddhist faith and deep understanding of Tibetan culture combine with the subtlety of his composition to play an essential role in our movie on the life of the Dalai Lama. Philip Glass is an artist of tremendous sensitivity whose music works from the inside of the film, from its heart, to produce a powerful emotional intensity which remains for days in the listener's head. The beauty, magic, grandeur, and spirituatlity of the score allow us to feel the pulse of the story as it unfolds. For me, the images in the film no longer stand on their own without Philip Glass's music. I consider myself fortunate, indeed blessed, to have worked with him on Kundun..."
Martin Scorsese

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