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  • Audio CD (5 Sept. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B005DRPIB6
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,981 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Celebrated for his influential and diverse career in music and beyond, Michael Nyman is particularly recognised for his work in film composition, showcased here in his soundtracks for Peter Greenaway. Often built upon pre-existing sources, from Purcell to Mozart, which were blended with aspects of popular music and minimalist techniques, Nyman s compositions transformed how the role of film music is understood, while complementing Greenaway s avant-garde creations.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fahrenden Gesellen on 30 July 2014
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Not great. Quite irritating in fact. I've yet to be convinced by Micheal Nyman. The choice of instrumentation was interesting at first, any effort to successfully integrate the crumhorn into a piece is worth a nod. However, much of this collection was rather grating and cringeworthy. At first, wishing to keep an open mind, I found the repetitive strains of the music somewhat effective, with the gradually increasing intensity that resulted. This would have worked well if the composer had the courage of his convictions and hadn't so often led the listener down a rather dull path to nowhere. This collection perhaps highlights the limitations imposed by the requirements of a film score but, having listened to many superior film soundtracks, I don't think that is a sufficient defence. The score for 'The Piano' has some nice music in it, but it's a bit obvious. Try the sublime Claire Denis soundtracks by Tindersticks instead. Give Johnny Greenwood's 'There Will Be Blood' score a go. If you enjoy simple, beautiful, introspective melodies with accompanied repetitive arpeggios, Yann Tiersen is far superior. Einaudi is not far behind either.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rumbling Clint on 4 Aug. 2013
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I enjoy Michael Nyman's music, not just his film scores, and these are great little pieces. Listen to the plangent violin over the piano chords in Miserere Paraphrase, if you don't like it listen again till you do (you will). As film scores some lose context played as music alone (Trysting Fields) but generally the minimalist chord progressions, the melodies, the orchestration, tthe energy and the spirit win through. Delicious.
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By seb on 25 May 2014
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Fun, cheeky, catchy and melodic; this CD of Nyman's film music is great in car entertainment.
I thoroughly recommend it.
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So, what exactly is this, you may wonder? 26 Nov. 2014
By Edwin A. Jessup - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The discographical information on the cover and interior of this disc is pretty minimal **rimshot**, but it turns out to be 2004 remasterings of the original recordings from the 4 soundtracks that came out on Virgin (or one of its sub-labels) in the 1980's, and which therefore EMI owned the rights to* (which explains why there's nothing from Prospero's Books, which came out on Argo).

A sizable chunk of this material (49 minutes out of 72) was rerecorded for the 1992 'Essential Michael Nyman Band' CD (also on Argo, along with 19 more minutes of music that's not repeated here (but that 19 minutes includes the [imo] unmissable 11 minutes of material from Water Dances)), and a subset of that same chunk (30 min this time) was rerecorded *again* in 2005 for the 'Nyman/Greenaway Revisited' CD on Nyman's own label (that disc also has another 30 minutes of music that doesn't overlap with this one).

The remastering sounds great -- there's some serious low end coming from the bass & horns, especially in the Draughtsman's Contract material. If you're coming to this music for the first time, I think this is a better choice than any of the individual soundtracks or either of the discs mentioned above. (If you really *need* the individual soundtracks, though, be sure to order the import versions dated 2004-2007 -- the older editions can be had more cheaply, but I think the remastering is worth the money.)

* Of course, now Warner Music owns it. For the time being.
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