Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Soundtrack Features High-Energy Philip Glass

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Soundtrack Features High-Energy Philip Glass

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No aspect of "Kundun" is more exciting than its music, composed by Philip Glass in an imaginative extension of the minimalist style he pioneered more than 30 years ago. Like most of Glass's scores, it weaves simple melodies and pulsing rhythms into high-energy patterns that accumulate near-overwhelming power at key moments in the story - most notably the last 20 minutes, as the Dalai Lama leaves Tibet for a new home that promises renewed physical and spiritual resources.

Not all great movie scores make excellent listening outside the theater, of course, and "Kundun" sounds more impressive in conjunction with Martin Scorsese's film than on the CD released by Nonesuch this month. Excerpts from the score were also among the less-resonant moments of two Lincoln Center concerts presented by the Philip Glass Ensemble recently. These programs reached their highest peaks in selections from earlier works like the operas "Einstein on the Beach" and "Akhnetan."

This notwithstanding, "Kundun" renews Glass's longtime enthusiasm for the traditions of Eastern religion, reflected in his music since his earliest works. …

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