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Notes on a Scandal

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
by Philip Glass

Decca/Fox Music 4758661 50m DDD
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I have to say that I'm always an enthusiast for Philip Glass and after having watched the film and heard the music, there really is not much to add to the superlatives that have already adorned this modern classic.

Glass uncannily serves to whip up the incredible sexual tension between two women, one a has been school teacher who can only be described as an old maid (Judi Dench) and the other, a perfect picture of ravishing and lustful beauty (Cate Blanchett). The music moves along rather swimmingly, peaking at moments of high drama such as 'Someone in your Garden' or 'Betrayal' but there is also that sense of youthful discovery of beauty that is so pervasive especially in 'Sheba and Steven' where copulation takes place beneath a railway siding.

As in all film scores, the music has to be heard within the movie's context but with Glass, the experience is a world in itself with the listener able to imagine the scenes in his/her mind. I urge you to watch the film if you haven't already done so and you'll know what I mean when it comes to the score.

Copyright © 2007, Gerald Fenech