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McAlmont & Nyman: The Glare
McAlmont & Nyman: The Glare
Price: 14.53

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really works - stunning, 14 Nov 2009
I wasn't actually looking forward to this album as I didn't think the combination would be as good as the sum of its parts somehow. Even the short piece on Radio 4's Front Row didn't convince me, but on listening to the record I can only wholeheartedly agree with the two reviews above, it's breathtaking and moving. The only slight lowlight for me was the song to the melody of "If" (originally from the Diary of Anne Frank) as I am so familiar with, and love, the original. Somehow it was a bit 'one song to the tune of another' but even this is growing on me (it is a very powerful tune).
This is one of those few records that you play all over again the moment it's finished, simply because you want to.

"The Piano Concerto" & "MGV (Musique  Grande Vitesse)"
"The Piano Concerto" & "MGV (Musique Grande Vitesse)"
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Price: 12.95

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably his best..?, 31 Oct 2001
Seeing these two pieces live is an experience any lover of music should try to do - the force of an orchestra is rarely as apparent as it is when "Musique à Grande Vitesse" comes to its climax. But, probably for reasons of staging, they're not often performed. This recording is a good alternative. After the delicacy and beauty of Kathryn Stott's virtuoso performance of the Piano music, comes MGV. A staggering work - almost like Nyman is a child let loose in a sweet-shop, he utilises everything. Just when you think it can no longer acquire any more 'vitesse' or 'grandeness', it does, and it does again. I like just about everything from Vivaldi to The Prodigy, but little as much as this. Even the sleeve-notes are interestingly explicative, helpful and easily read! One day people will see through 'minimalism's new clothes' and realise that melody is nothing to be ashamed of...

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