Title - 'Notes on a Scandal' (Rounder)
Artist - Philip Glass
Philip Glass' music is frequently described as minimalist, though he prefers the term theater music. He is considered one of the most influential composers of the late-20th century and is widely acknowledged as a composer who has brought art music to the public (apart from precursors such as Kurt Weill and Leonard Bernstein), in creating an accessibility not previously recognised by the broader market. In addition to his ground-breaking concert hall works and operas, his film scores, such as 'The Hours,' 'Kundun,' and 'The Thin Blue Line,' have won acclaim and popularity through their combination of Western classical music, synthesized sounds, and non-Western influences. His emotive score for 'Notes on a Scandal' is an integral part of the dramatic arc of the film. 'Notes on a Scandal' is a story of loneliness, loyalty, envy and love. Directed by Richard Eyre, the film follows a free-spirited and charismatic art teacher Sheba Hart (played by Cate Blanchett), who is brought down by scandal when she is arrested for engaging in sexual relations with a 15-year-old student. Academy Award winner Judi Dench plays a fellow teacher, Barbara Covett who befriends the younger woman and observes her fall from grace.