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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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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B000000WK1
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,554 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Oct. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Self-expression for the mute lead character from the film can only be made through writing or playing on her beloved piano. And how she plays! The whole point of the film would be missed without the gift of Nyman's musical composition. Sadness, joy and bewilderment are constant themes of the music, cleverly woven together. If you have imagination, you might not need to see the film, just listen to the music.
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By Stainer's fan on 29 Mar. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Lovely. Have been listening to his music on the radio and wanted to hear more. Fantastic composer- his music is rich in nuance and expression!
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By Cara on 24 Feb. 2012
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Music is lovely and find I enjoy all the tracks, not just the most well known. CD was delivered promptly and in excellent condtion.
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HAUNTING, UNFORGETTABLE SCORE MATCHES FILM 8 July 1998
By RALPH PETERS - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
THE PIANO is that rare soundtrack that stands on its own as great music, but also evokes images and emotions of the classic Jane Campion film it was composed for. In this way, it is one of the most profoundly successful movie scores in film history. The music is filled with longing, turmoil, sadness, and fulfillment. It fits neither pop, classical, or traditional movie standards (neither does the film); it seems to exist on its own plane, quite apart from anything else you've heard, or like a dream you've had but can't recall in detail, only in emotion. It also never feels dated and does not grow dull after repeated listenings. That is an achievement in itself
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
The Piano 24 Dec. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The first time that I saw The Piano, it was on videotape. I didn't end up to be a huge fan of the movie itself, but I was extremely moved by the music. I ended up rewinding the scene on the beach (when Holly Hunter's character is reunited with her piano) over and over again, just to listen to the beautiful piano music that Michael Nyman had written. The music was like another character in the film- very expressive and so simplistically complex. I couldn't wait to get my hands on the soundtrack, and to buy the sheetmusic. I just wanted to write this review, because it takes more than just saying that you think something's good to concince someone that they should buy it...you know that the music is amazing when you drive your roomates crazy rewinding a scene from a movie a million times- just to get to listen to it one more time.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Simple Eloquence 18 April 2004
By Shaun Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The music in The Piano wouldn't measure up to some classical music in complexity, but it is heartfelt and flowing as any I have ever heard. I really can believe that this woman is communicating through her music. In addition, I love how when the piano sits on the seashore, she plays a melody(the promise) that seems to almost capture the rythym of the waves. This was my favorite music of the film. Other parts of the soundtrack seem to suggest the cloudiness and mood of the New Zealand setting, a land full of lush and wild forests. And of course, it all embodies the mystery that is Ada.
Many composers seem to get lost in conundrums of complexity. Some works, especially etudes, tend to be full of notes but not feeling. I find it refreshing to hear this music which puts me at ease as though I were standing on a misty beach.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
An Enchanting Mixture of Stars, Ocean, and Passionate Night 30 Dec. 1999
By Brenna Mariah Henn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Piano has indeed some of the most moving pieces of music I have ever heard. By good fortune I was introduced to his music at an outdoor concert Michael Nyman gave, and the evening has stayed with me ever since. Without ever seeing the movie, the songs express such a variety of images, mostly a peaceful sea and the depth of night. Not only is the passion so chokingly moving, the composer is able to write the most tragic music and tracks that are positively Irish dance encouraging. The genius of this album is the combination of images and his ability to swallow the listener so completely into different moods. One rarely finds modern music of this depth.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The Heart Asks Pleasure First 10 Dec. 1999
By PickyB - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have been obsessed with this song since the movie came out. (Wasn't so crazy about the movie...) Learned how to play the song by heart. The music will carry you away Beautiful cd. Lovely.. lovely..
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