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Piano, The (Nyman) Original recording remastered, Soundtrack


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  • Audio CD (22 Mar. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Soundtrack
  • Label: Venture
  • ASIN: B0001FUHV6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,312 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Michael Nyman came of age as a classical composer in the radical London of the late '60s. His work embraces multiple vernaculars (jazz, avant garde, conceptual art) and helped cement the foundation of what came to be known as minimalism. Decades into his career, Nyman's score to Jane Campion's film The Piano made him a star. The movie's themes of colonialism and silence (its protagonist, portrayed by Holly Hunter, cannot speak) were perfectly aligned with his longtime interests in world and ambient music. Horn players assist members of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra in fleshing out Nyman's stately, hymn-like motifs. On the more heavily orchestrated cues, sentimentality wins out over minimalist restraint; the best tracks feature Nyman on solo piano, playing the rudimentary, faux period repertoire of Hunter's character. --Marc Weidenbaum

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Omnes on 8 Oct. 2012
Format: Audio CD
After Jane Campion's "The Piano" astonished me with its moving story, which seemed closer to a timeless fable than a corset drama set in 1855, its gorgeous landscape, and its incredible characters, I had to get a copy of Michael Nyman's soundtrack.

To start with, I am outraged that the composer never got an Oscar for his work and especially for that movie. Indeed, he managed to create not only an incredible music, but also a second language to Ada, Holly Hunter's character, as she expresses through her piano her emotions and feelings to the other characters and viewers. For as she is mute, Ada's piano becomes her body, soul, and voice. And with the orchestral soundtrack played during the movie, this gives to the story a musical success that people haven't forgotten.

According to the leaflet in the album, we get to hear in the soundtrack Michael Nyman play the piano while conducting members of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, and a team of wind-instrument musicians such as John Harle, Andrew Findon and David Roach playing instruments such as Saxophone and Flute. Alongside it, Michael Nyman get to write about his creative intentions, along with a nice theory as to how Ada might have invented her music.

Of the tracks that I liked, I adored so much all of them that I have difficulty in finding out which ones are my favorites. But if I were to keep five tracks of them in my soul, it would be "To the edge of the Earth", "Big My Secret", "The Heart asks Pleasure First", "The Embrace" and "All Imperfect Things".

As a last note to anybody who loved this album, I am glad that Michael Nyman released and made a Concerto out of the Piano soundtrack. It was a good way for him to compile and unite together some of the tracks and create an excellent concerto which he recorded in 1997 with the Ulster Orchestra. Another way for him to immortalize his wonderful soundtrack.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Veronique on 17 Feb. 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This CD is excellent for relaxing and entertaining piano music from a modern composer. You do not need to have seen the film 'The Piano' to appreciate the beautiful melodies especially 'The Heart seeks pleasure first' which is the best track in my opinion.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Robert E. Lees on 9 Aug. 2009
Format: Audio CD
My theory goes that most movies named simply 'The *****' are worth watching. This masterpiece proves my theory in spades. A straightforward storyline with a twist or two, a sumptuous and haunting musical accompaniment, and immense acting drags you unceremoniously through every emotion known to man - elation, fear, humour, disguist - and then some. Ensure you'll have no interruptions for two hours, don't eat anything with wrappings that rustle, sit back and be awe-inspired.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Robert Marsland on 3 Mar. 2011
Format: Audio CD
This soundtrack goes along way to ensuring the effectiveness and success of the film of the same name. The tracks have a lovely melancholy vein and there is a fluidity to the piano playing that enraptures. The mood is Romantic but is played out in a way that is nearly altogether modern. The heart asks pleasure first is a particular highlight and conjours up images of the wild and ragged beach scenery of New Zealand shown in the film. just about perfect
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By Mary E Matthews on 12 May 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Ordered and delivered extremely promptly. Delighted with the price, delighted with the service. I've always loved this soundrack. Well done Amazon.
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By Joliee_1 on 9 May 2014
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It arrived on time and the record is spotless - no cracks on the box or CD itself, it plays well, good quality sound.
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By groovygran on 8 Nov. 2013
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bought for the film music, easy to listen to,great piano player, good album to buy for anyone who enjoyed the film.
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By LettyLou on 29 Aug. 2014
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I heard this album a few years ago at a friends, and its due to this that I decided to take up learning to play the piano. I wanted to own the album myself and managed to find it on Amazon. I play this a lot both in the car and whilst meditating or just wanting to listen to music.
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