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Comment: LP catno: VE 53. 1989. vinyl: very good +, cover: very good + english pressing. beginning of ringwear. traces of storage on spine. small creases on cover. minimal shelfwear. Dispatched from Germany.
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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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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B0000929VV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 842,116 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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MICHAEL NYMAN The Cook The Thief His Wife And Her Lover (1989 UK 5-track LP glossy picture sleeve. Wonderful modern minimalism which was the soundtrack to the Peter Greenaway film of the same name. The sleeve and vinyl are both in wonderfulas new condition VE53)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan James Romley on 7 Feb. 2004
Format: Audio CD
This was a turning point for both artists. For Greenaway it was a move towards the more expressive, elaborate and self-contained style of filmmaking found in films like Prospero’s Books and the Baby of Macon. For Nyman, it was more about orchestrating an emotion that would underpin the film’s themes, whilst crafting equally long and elaborate compositions that could be broken down into slight movements to reoccur through the picture. His first real attempt at this kind of thing is called Memorial and can be found here. For any one who has seen Greenaway’s excellent film the music will become familiar from almost the first few bars... bringing to mind that excellent crane/dolly shot that kick starts the movie and carries us from the dingy back ally of the restaurant through to the neon lit kitchen right into the beautifully constructed element of production design that will act as our principal location.
Nyman’s approach to instrumentation throughout the five tracks that make up this collection is eclectic as ever... bringing to mind everything from Bach, to Wagner, to Mozart to Britton, with sidelines in avant-garde baroque-pop and free form jazz. The epic opening is one of Nyman’s all time greatest works of chamber music, utilizing a plethora of instruments from brass, to woodwind, to string, and pianos, as well as more traditional folk elements and even some electronic samples. But none of this is really important. What is important is the overall emotional impact that Nyman’s work has on us, and the conjuring of images from the film within out minds that we decipher from the music.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By on 26 Oct. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Every track on this fantastic soundtrack is so good it could be used over and over again in any other film. "Memorial" starts the album off with what for me evokes a demented, lurching modern re-take of Pachobel's Canon.I'll never shake the themes! Miserere is an extraordinary choir piece in two versions and the other tracks are equally compelling. Not the thing to have on during dinner, but definitely a wonderfully evocative one to play when you're really getting deep into the fabulous book you can't wait to get to the end of!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Haunting, yet oddly comical in some way... 13 Jan. 2005
By squarehawk2 - Published on
Format: Audio CD
...just like the flim. The whole score is an overshadowing funeral procession that never gives you a doubt that bad things will go down soon, and according to the story they did.

The opening title on disc can be oppressive at 12 minutes, but the next 3 that follow are fine pieces that showcase both the lighter (few that there are) and darker points which do not overstay their welcome. The closing composition is a chorus (the London Voices) featuring a floating saprano that is great, however it too like the 1st take is close to 12 minutes long and it can grate on you if you're not in the mood for it.

As far as the remastering goes, I only have the original pressing of the cd, so I won't know (but how could it not be better?). The graphics look like they were done by 23 Envelope.

It's nice to see it's not forgotten.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
incomplete, yes, but-- 19 Dec. 2008
By Jordaan Mason - Published on
Format: Audio CD
this soundtrack and movie are really, really wonderful. i noticed some people lamenting about the missing "love theme," so i thought i'd let you know (if you didn't already) that it's called "fish beach," and it's on the soundtrack for peter greenaway's film "drowning by numbers," which is why it's not included here.

it's still available:
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Purely haunting! It's wonderfully clean. 5 Aug. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This movie is both beautiful and disturbing. And Nyman has captured that wonderfully. This soundtrack was an important part of the movie which is very apparent once you start the CD. It's as powerful as any of Nyman's work.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Hauntingly beautiful 19 Jun. 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
There is no lack of passion or fire in this soundtrack. In particular, Memorial- a song Nyman wrote in response to a soccer riot- is a true masterpiece that is the ultimate expression of emotion and tension.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Too Haunting? 8 May 2000
By J Lawrence - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I was at the theatre watching something dull, and inexplicably starting feeling really anxious. During a quiet moment in the film I was watching, I realized I was hearing Nyman's soundtrack coming through the wall from the next theatre. This was about two months after I first saw The Cook/Thief. It is a beautifull score, but still gets to me.

If you found the movie disturbing then you might prefer a Zed and Two Naughts which is as lush and beautiful, but without the emotional side effects.

Like other Micheal Nyman scores, these are not short music cues, but fully developed pieces. I wish other soundracks were as carefully considered before release.
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