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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 (8 Nov. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B000031W7L
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 334,336 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Earth In Turmoil 5:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Jealousy And Revenge 8:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Look Out For An Enemy! 5:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Ordinary Citizens14:12Album Only
Listen  5. A Swift Exit12:10Album Only


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Listen  2. Wings16:11Album Only
Listen  3. Walls11:30Album Only
Listen  4. Water15:56Album Only
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Product Description

commissar vanishes, the - michael nymancommissar vanishes, the - michael nymanfilm composers - 2 cd - casa discografica: venture - distributore: emi operations/ceva logistics - data di pubblicazione: 08/11/1999 - ean: 724384859121 continua---titles on disc 11.: earth in turmoil2.: jealousy and revenge3.: look out for a enemy4.: ordinary citizens5.: swift exit6.: disaster7.: walls8.: water9.: utopiatitles on disc 21.: disaster2.: wings3.: walls4.: water5.: utopia

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 30 Nov. 1999
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The Commissar Vanishes refers to the practice in Stalins Russia of removing references to those out of favour.
In some ways this work matches that practice, for in fact it is an earlier work renamed. The pack contains two almost identical recordings. The original 10 year old work 'The Fall of Icarus' has been taken and renamed as 'The Commissar Vanishes' with some minor additions. Both works form this 'double' album.
So if you already have Icarus you probably do not want this.
You have to admire the cheek of Nyman; the amount of time he recycles his old work - but here it is a case of 'just slap a new name on it'.
Suppose the Beatles at their end - under pressure to supply a contract album - just re-recorded 'Please Please Me' and renamed it 'Let it Be'.
But I didn't have Icarus so I am happy. And I think Icarus has the edge slightly - its crisper and fresher. But if I'd paid the full price in a high street store, instead of the discount price from Amazon I'd have felt ripped off.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Dec. 1999
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This is prime Nyman, one of the best things he has ever written for his Band. Intense, difficult, beautiful all come to mind. The fact that there are two versions of music, one in an earlier form, and a new restructuring, on seperate discs should not keep anyone from buying this release. The Fall of Icarus, as far as I know, was never released for purchase on any label at any time. So, this might as well be considered a world premier recording. The Commissar version is better anyway, a more solid piece, with the doodling Nyman did for Icarus completely taken out. Highly recommendable!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Warren M. Fisher VINE VOICE on 14 Mar. 2008
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The English Philip Glass is firing on all cylinders here. Forget the furore over the duplication of music over the two discs, this is heady stuff - punchy, beautiful and utterly captivating.

A must for all Nyman fans and the perfect intro for newcomers, this is damned near genius.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant 29 Dec. 1999
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One of Nyman's most brilliant Michael Nyman Band pieces. He fuses classical, jazz, rock and whatever else he could find into an intense, cutting and sometimes very beautiful and thrilling piece of music that I highly recommend.
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