Album Remarks & Appraisals:
'Animals in Love' (Les Animaux Amoureux) is a delightful and surprising documentary - a voyage of discovery about the existence of love between animals in the wild. Director Laurent Charbonnier takes us to the four corners of the globe, exploring the behavior and amusing displays of affection among dozens of species in the animal kingdom from the most well known to the most reclusive. Appropriate for all age groups, the film greatly benefits from a radiant original score by Philip Glass, conducted by his long-time collaborator Michael Riesman. With its exceptional imagery, the result is a whirlwind of emotions reminding us of the passion that has guided the natural world since the dawn of time.
Audio Mixer: Ichiho Nishiki.
Recording information: Legacy Studios.
Publishers: Zoë Knight; Timothy O'Donnell; Joe Keller.
Philip Glass' original score for Laurent Charbonnier's Animals in Love is one of those beautiful soundtracks for what seems to be an odd film -- until you sit down and actually watch it. The way Glass' music, written for a chamber orchestra, flows in and out of these images underscores their actually touching moments and picks up on the human sense of strangeness when encountering the animals' mating habits, understanding that such encounters are not merely novel, but at time times reach the profound. Certainly some of his trademark tropes are here, but he's so far beyond most of those now in his method of composing that they are used merely for cinematic effect, not as compositional fundamentals. What Glass reveals about himself in this score is that he's at the very peak of his own powers as a film composer; he understands not only what's on the screen, but where viewers locate themselves in the process of seeing, making for an intuitive, sometimes dramatic piece of music that stands on its own very well. ~ Thom Jurek
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