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 Posted:   Sep 16, 2010 - 12:49 PM   
 By:   KevinSmith   (Member)

Which Philip Glass score written in 2006 do you prefer; The Illusionist with its whimsical elegance or Notes on a Scandal with its menacing spirit?

 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2010 - 1:52 PM   
 By:   mark ford   (Member)

Easy choice for me, The Illusionist. If for no other reason than that I have it, but I don't have nor have I heard Notes on a Scandal! smile

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2010 - 2:10 PM   
 By:   reecardov   (Member)

For me personally, definitely The Illusionist. Very elegant!

Notes on a Scandal is a decent score - makes for a good listen on its own. Ironically, I actually think it works better on CD than in the film itself. I just felt it was so horrendously overbearing and out of place in the movie. Stuck out like a sore thumb instead of enhancing the drama. Or maybe it was just the sound mix... Either way, both are good scores.

 
 Posted:   Sep 25, 2010 - 10:57 AM   
 By:   KevinSmith   (Member)

In The Illusionist, I love the opening overture to the film, specifically the dramatic (and slightly Gothic) string motif in the first few seconds. It makes you feel like you're watching the opening to a theatre performance or one of Eisenheim's shows. The cue wonderfully teases you with the drama and mystery that the movie (which I loved) possesses.

 
 Posted:   Sep 26, 2010 - 9:05 AM   
 By:   Michael Scorefan   (Member)

Which Philip Glass score written in 2006 do you prefer; The Illusionist with its whimsical elegance or Notes on a Scandal with its menacing spirit?

Notes on a Scandal for me. I prefer Glass when he is more macabre, and I love the intensity and dark nature of Notes. I enjoy the Illusionist as well, but Notes definitely gets more play. To confirm my results I just listened to Notes, and I am about half way through the Illusionist.

 
 Posted:   Sep 26, 2010 - 11:26 AM   
 By:   Josh "Swashbuckler" Gizelt   (Member)

I'm not usually that into Phillip Glass' music, but The Illusionist really grabbed me when I saw the film. I only have a few Glass albums, and I listen to this one the most by a large margin.

 
 Posted:   Sep 26, 2010 - 11:34 AM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

Notes on a Scandal is a decent score - makes for a good listen on its own. Ironically, I actually think it works better on CD than in the film itself. I just felt it was so horrendously overbearing and out of place in the movie.

I agree. The music seemed to be suggesting that there were cosmic forces at work here, that the goings-on were fated by a universe off-kilter, when the film itself was a fairly intimate character drama. I think Glass's music (and I'm often a fan) can have that effect if not used gingerly. The swirling repetitions seem to be controlling the characters!

 
 Posted:   Oct 19, 2011 - 5:52 AM   
 By:   KevinSmith   (Member)

Notes on a Scandal is a decent score - makes for a good listen on its own. Ironically, I actually think it works better on CD than in the film itself. I just felt it was so horrendously overbearing and out of place in the movie.

I agree. The music seemed to be suggesting that there were cosmic forces at work here, that the goings-on were fated by a universe off-kilter, when the film itself was a fairly intimate character drama. I think Glass's music (and I'm often a fan) can have that effect if not used gingerly. The swirling repetitions seem to be controlling the characters!


But the main character is a controlling person.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 19, 2011 - 10:04 AM   
 By:   Jon Lewis   (Member)

The Illusionist is my favorite Glass score of its decade. But... I don't have Notes On A Scandal! Which is dumb of me. must rectify.

 
 Posted:   Oct 19, 2011 - 10:07 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

I listened to them both incessantly when they were released, and I think I like them more or less equally.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 20, 2011 - 1:39 AM   
 By:   Alera4   (Member)

I just love his score to the Illusionist - memorable ; meticulous and as usual brilliant orchestral string writing. The accordion in "The Chase" is really cool as well.

And it fits Neil "Ham" Burger's film perfectly.

 
 Posted:   Oct 4, 2013 - 8:04 AM   
 By:   KevinSmith   (Member)

Which Philip Glass score written in 2006 do you prefer; The Illusionist with its whimsical elegance or Notes on a Scandal with its menacing spirit?

Notes on a Scandal for me. I prefer Glass when he is more macabre, and I love the intensity and dark nature of Notes. I enjoy the Illusionist as well, but Notes definitely gets more play. To confirm my results I just listened to Notes, and I am about half way through the Illusionist.


The finale cue is one of my favourite Glass cues:


Such a dance of menace.

 
 Posted:   Oct 4, 2013 - 8:33 AM   
 By:   Jeff Bond   (Member)

I love Notes on a Scandal, both in and out of the film. The movie is a melodrama, highly enjoyable, and the score worked perfectly with it I thought.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 4, 2013 - 10:00 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Both I find to be enjoyable scores.

 
 Posted:   Oct 4, 2013 - 2:56 PM   
 By:   smuli of finland   (Member)

This one is easy for me.
The Illusionist has a track that is pure LifeSaver-material for me. I buy several hundred film score CD's per year, but get only a few absolutely positively essential individual trakcs annually. Although the tune was performed earlier on the album, the final track of The Illusionist ("Life In The Mountains"), was a life-stopper at first listen. Unfortunately only the first half of the track is such greatness, but nevertheless, the first listen of that was, for me, one of the singular best musial experiences of my life. I listen to it regularly now. Most times I like to lean back and push out a couple of tears.

Getting back on subject: as wholes, I find both scores rather dull. But, because of life-saving track I'll pick The Illusionist.

 
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