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StreamingSoundtracks.com - Bram Stoker's Dracula - Wojciech Kilar
Album Information
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Album Bram Stoker's Dracula
Artist Wojciech Kilar
Year 1992
Genre Soundtrack
Rating
ASIN B0000028UY


Request Buy # Track Listing Length Played
iTunes 01 Dracula, The Beginning
Wojciech Kilar
6:41 142
iTunes 02 Vampire Hunters
Wojciech Kilar
3:06 72
iTunes 03 Mina's Photo
Wojciech Kilar
1:24 28
iTunes 04 Lucy's Party
Wojciech Kilar
2:57 33
iTunes 05 The Brides
Wojciech Kilar
4:56 78
iTunes 06 The Storm
Wojciech Kilar
5:05 65
iTunes 07 Love Remembered
Wojciech Kilar
4:11 96
iTunes 08 The Hunt Builds
Wojciech Kilar
3:26 34
iTunes 09 The Hunter's Prelude
Wojciech Kilar
1:29 25
iTunes 10 The Green Mist
Wojciech Kilar
0:54 18
No Link 11 Mina & Dracula
Wojciech Kilar
4:47 75
iTunes 12 The Ring Of Fire
Wojciech Kilar
1:51 25
iTunes 13 Love Eternal
Wojciech Kilar
2:23 45
iTunes 14 Ascension
Wojciech Kilar
0:50 18
AmazoniTunes 15 End Credits
Wojciech Kilar
6:42 108
iTunes 16 Love Song For A Vampire (Annie Lennox)
Wojciech Kilar
4:21 95

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Reviewers Rating

1 review done for this album.


Mastery from the brooding maestro…
By: Luther_III
Date: 31 Aug 2006
Rating:
Wojciech Kilar’s score to Bram Stoker’s Dracula should go on record as one of the horror genre’s finest. Francis Ford Coppola’s vision of the familiar Dracula story was anything but typical, and thus a typical score simply would not have sufficed. Kilar had been quite a prolific composer from the 1950s through the 1970s and 80s, composing concert music as well as scores for TV and films produced mostly in Poland. Few in the Western Hemisphere were probably familiar with his work, and his avant-garde approach would seem unlikely to attract the attention of many Hollywood producers or directors. Nevertheless, Coppola made a bold (and, it turned out, brilliant) decision to avoid theme-and-fanfare Hollywood staples in favor of Kilar.

From the first few bars of the title track, the listener can be sure this is not your typical film score. “Dracula - The Beginning” sets the scene as low, brooding strings lay an ominous foundation. After the brass-heavy, but unconventional depiction of battle, we are treated to familiar musical elements utilized in horror films: chanting, solo female voice, and frightening choral lines. While the particular elements are familiar, the execution remains haunting and fresh. As with the rest of the album, many of Kilar’s orchestrations and chord structures are atypical, at least compared to most American film music, and the result is a score with a very distinct feel.

The album is not without worthy mentions: “Vampire Hunters” is a fitting march carried by the low strings that is thematic enough to have been used for a number of movie trailers. “Lucy’s Pary” is a fascinating track reminiscent of a music box, though with foreboding undercurrents. Kilar's Polish heritage seems to bubble to the surface in "The Brides" - an odd but listenable cue full or rich strings and Eastern European harmonies. The love theme featured in “Love Remembered” and “Mina/Dracula” is quite beautiful as it sings above dissonant 7th chords, and it manages to be both romantic and sad, even heart-wrenching, while never being cliché. These two tracks are perhaps the most conventional on the album. “The Storm” qualifies as perhaps the most frightening cue in horror movie music ever recorded. The shouting choir in this track is the stuff of nightmares, as is the male chorus chanting, “Sangris vita est” – “The blood is the life” – chilling! “The Hunt Builds” is to me the most interesting track musically. It features Dracula’s theme, repeated ostinato in the strings, stacked upon itself over and over again in parallel fifths until the love theme takes over, building to an intense climax.

Not every track is a highlight, however. The inclusion of “The Ring of Fire” is puzzling as it contains no real music; only scary sound effects. Another low point of the album is the inclusion of the song by Annie Lennox. While I generally enjoy her music, this song did not fit well with the tone of the film, and it is not particularly likable on its own.

This score is clearly not for everyone, with its unconventional chord structures, ostinatos, and overlaid lines. But no score could have better matched Coppola’s stunning and vibrant visuals. Instead of familiar sweeping melodies that poke out of the music whenever a certain character appears, Kilar goes for a more subtle approach. Do not be mistaken: the leitmotifs are there: Dracula, Mina, Lucy, the Vampire Hunters—but the themes tend to nestle in among rich, complex, intertwining orchestrations rather than sailing conspicuously above underlying harmonies. The result is unsettling, whether heard alone or in the context of the film. As an album, the track selections do not disappoint, and plenty of music is included. Some of the tracks may grate on the ears a bit, but when heard in context, the music is the perfect counterpoint to the pictures on the film. Wojciech Kilar’s Dracula stands out as a superb achievement not only in its unique contribution to a unique film, but also for bringing a fresh, distinctly Old-World sound to a wide, Hollywood-reared audience.

Track-by-track rating:

Track: 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Stars: 5* 4* 2* 3* 3* 5* 3* 4* 3* 2* 4* 1* 3* 3* 3* 2*


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