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Michael Nyman - The Piano Music

Michael Nyman Audio CD
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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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  • Composer: Michael Nyman
  • Audio CD (6 Aug 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Bmg Classics
  • ASIN: B000TDH4BG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 411,966 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Heart Asks Pleasure First
2. Lost and Found
3. Silver fingered fling
4. All Imperfect Things
5. Big My Secret
6. Deep Sleep Playing
7. The mood that passes through
8. The attraction of the pedalling ankle
9. Franklyn
10. Nadia
11. Debbie
12. Jack
13. Love Theme
14. Digital Tragedy
15. Diary Of Love
16. Why
17. Candlefire
18. The Schoolroom
19. If

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5.0 out of 5 stars REMAKE / REMODEL 5 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
Nyman keeps coming back to his work for the film The Piano. A score which, to my taste, far outperforms the film. Not long after the film was released he produced The Piano Concerto, a more esoteric interpretation of the work for the film that may have traded the emotional vigor of the original score for some abstractions that seemed unsuited to the folk origins of the - sorry, gotta say it - haunting theme. Now, some 15 years later Nyman goes back to the score and frankly nails it. The 14 pieces work so well as an integrated whole they together effortlessly achieve the sense of "concerto". The additional bonus here, aside from the profoundly modulated and nuanced performances, is the immaculate production, a level of sound recording that the original soundtrack release could only long for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars REMAKE / REMODEL 1 Dec 2008
By Kerry Leimer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Nyman keeps coming back to his work for the film The Piano. A score which, to my taste, far outperforms the film. Not long after the film was released he produced The Piano Concerto, a more esoteric interpretation of the work for the film that may have traded the emotional vigor of the original score for some abstractions that seemed unsuited to the folk origins of the - sorry, gotta say it - haunting theme. Now, some 15 years later Nyman goes back to the score and frankly nails it. The 14 pieces work so well as an integrated whole they together effortlessly achieve the sense of "concerto". The additional bonus here, aside from the profoundly modulated and nuanced performances, is the immaculate production, a level of sound recording that the original soundtrack release could only long for.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music, Great performances, Minor complaints 14 Oct 2010
By Christopher R. Travers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I got interested in this album after getting into Nyman's music generally through 9 songs - Unrated Full Uncut Version. Many of the pieces on this album, after comparing to Nyman's other performances are somewhat altered in a positive way on the whole. The performances are complex and nuanced and the sound quality is pretty good.

The structure of the album is very good, and the pieces are integrated into a coherent whole. The selection of pieces is very good.

I have two "complaints," both are so minor not to cause me to detract stars. The first is that I found the sound quality too muffled for my taste. I would have preferred a brighter, clearer sound from the piano, and I thought this particularly detracted from pieces like "Debbie" and "Franklyn" (both from the Winterbottom movie "Wonderland"). This is a fairly minor complaint, and one which is probably more taste-based than objective. Also it's worth noting that the more I listen to this CD, the less this bothers me.

The second is that the album is very heavily towards slower pieces which in some ways fails to show off the sort of diversity that Nyman is capable of bringing to the table as a composer. This isn't really a fault in an album this size, but it's worth noting that there is much more to his music than you will hear here.

Both these "complaints" are more along the lines of cautions about the album.

All in all, highly recommended.
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