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Drowning by numbers [VINYL]

Michael Nyman Vinyl
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As one of Britain's most innovative and celebrated composers, Michael Nyman's work encompasses operas and string quartets, film soundtracks and orchestral concertos. Far more than merely a composer, he's also a performer, conductor, bandleader, pianist, author, musicologist and now a photographer and film-maker. Although he's far too modest to allow the description ... Read more in Amazon's Michael Nyman Store

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B0000929VP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 676,542 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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MICHAEL NYMAN Drowning By Numbers (1988 UK 13-track LP glossy picture sleeve. Wonderful album which features a series of interrelated pieces inspired by a movement from Mozarts Sinfonia Concertante it was also the soundtrack to the Peter Greenaway film of the same name. The sleeve shows only minor wear and the vinyl is in excellent condition VE23)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nyman's overlooked Masterpiece 12 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
I came across this work by accident, and was astonished by the quality of this music - and the fact that it seems to have been overlooked by just about everyone! What we have is a series of interrelated pieces inspired by a movement from Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante. Some pieces are of hypnotic quality - others insistantly rhythmic. As a work, its eminently listenable and (unlike some of the other reviewers) - I'm a tough critic as I don't really like most of Nyman's work, as I find it too crude and repetitative for my taste. This work is pure minimalism - as austere as Glass in places - in others lyrical, hypnotic and supremely beautiful - as well as being highly unusual. I simply cannot understand why this piece has not gained a place among his best known pieces and highest rated works - Prospero's Books and the like - unless it stems from its origin as a film score. This label should be ignorred, as this is a well structured and highly accomplished work that deserves proper recognition. It is Nyman at his very very best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best soundtrack ever made! 4 April 2000
Format:Audio CD
I am a VERY big Nyman fan, and I speak from experience when I say that this is one of his most impressive works, if not THE most. It is absolutely beautiful, based on Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for Violin & Viola K.364. I have heard all of the other Greenaway soundtracks, most of the other soundtracks incl. new ones (Cold Room, A La Folie, Carrington, Piano, Gattaca, Wonderland, End Of Affair, Hairdresser's Husband, Ogre, etc.), and I have heard almost all of his solo music (Kiss etc., Concertos, String Quartets, Piano Concerto + MGV, Songbook, Noises Sounds Sweet Airs, Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, And Do The Do/Zoo Caprices, Suit and the Photograph, etc.), and this work ranks among the very highest of all of them. Although I recommend all of Nyman's work, this has to come pretty high in the list. ....one of the finest audio delights you will ever have the pleasure of experiencing!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Summation 6 Feb 2001
Format:Audio CD
Probably the most consistent of the Greenaway soundtracks, this is an aural delight from beginning to end. Less frantic than 'A Zed and Two Noughts', lighter in tone than 'The Cook, etc', and more polished than 'The Draughtsman's Contract', it's based heavily on cut-up, altered extracts of Mozart, although I know nothing about Mozart and can't comment on the faithfulness or otherwise of the adaptations. It's very floaty and melancholy, and as I remember it fitted the film perfectly, being both gorgeous and slightly odd, although after seeing the film it has a melancholy air to it.
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