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Notes on a Scandal
(2006)
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Composed and Produced by:
Philip Glass

Conducted by:
Michael Riesman
Nico Muhly
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Rounder Records
(January 9th, 2007)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Nominated for an Academy Award.
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Buy it... if you seek the dark side of Philip Glass' typical string and woodwind rhythms, with menace and fright dwelling in the score's deep bass and frantic, minor key progressions.

Avoid it... if you're looking for a listening experience on album as whimsically elegant as Glass' The Illusionist from earlier in the year.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #953
WRITTEN 2/2/07
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Notes on a Scandal: (Philip Glass) While Zoe Heller's original novel took a slightly different direction with its dramatic punch, the adaptation in Richard Eyre's Notes on a Scandal compensates for its lack of faith in the original story's darker resolution with astonishing acting performances. The film floats as a vehicle for actress Judi Dench, whose Fatal Attraction-like representation of Glenn Close in Notes on a Scandal is hypnotically mesmerizing. She plays an older teacher at a high school whose cold calculations and fortuitous placements allow her to blackmail a younger teach for whom she not only has lesbian affections, but who also is caught up in an affair with a 15-year-old student. There have been some shouts from dismayed viewers claiming that the film too boldly portrays the young boy as the sexual aggressor and the younger female teacher as his victim, though that hasn't slowed the film's success. Dench's depiction of her character's relentless emotional manipulation has propelled the film to arthouse notoriety and several major awards nominations. One of the more notable nominations, as well as a critically acclaimed part of the film, has been composer Philip Glass' score, which also plays an aggressive role in the picture. Given that the narrative in Notes on a Scandal works in the form of one giant cycle for Dench's character, progressing with mechanical movement through just one of its phases in this film, the idea of having Glass' typical, churning loops of strings direct the flow of that narrative is as smart as Dench's on-screen maneuverings. The thematic and rhythmic ideas in Notes on a Scandal, from a technical standpoint, aren't any more complex than the ones heard with great effectiveness in Glass' The Illusionist from earlier in the same year. To some, Notes on a Scandal will sound like a somewhat bleak extension of the score from The Illusionist; the instruments and tempos are about the same. But the attitude is far different, making Notes on a Scandal a far more powerful score despite its more difficult stature on album.



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"Someone In Your Garden"
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This score and The Hours.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 50:39
• 1. First Day of School (2:42)
• 2. The History (2:53)
• 3. Invitation (1:29)
• 4. The Harts (2:16)
• 5. Discovery (3:01)
• 6. Confession (1:45)
• 7. Stalking (1:53)
• 8. Courage (2:17)
• 9. Sheba & Steven (1:23)
• 10. The Promise (2:54)
• 11. Good Girl (3:00)
• 12. Sheba's Longing (2:32)
• 13. Someone in Your Garden (1:51)
• 14. A Life Lived Together (3:02)
• 15. Someone Has Died (2:01)
• 16. Betrayal (3:43)
• 17. It's Your Choice (2:39)
• 18. Barbara's House (3:45)
• 19. Going Home (2:11)
• 20. I Knew Her (3:22)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes notes from the director and composer about the score and film.
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