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Nyman's overlooked Masterpiece
on 12 September 2003
I came across this work by accident, and was astonished by the quality of this music - and the fact that it seems to have been overlooked by just about everyone! What we have is a series of interrelated pieces inspired by a movement from Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante. Some pieces are of hypnotic quality - others insistantly rhythmic. As a work, its eminently listenable and (unlike some of the other reviewers) - I'm a tough critic as I don't really like most of Nyman's work, as I find it too crude and repetitative for my taste. This work is pure minimalism - as austere as Glass in places - in others lyrical, hypnotic and supremely beautiful - as well as being highly unusual. I simply cannot understand why this piece has not gained a place among his best known pieces and highest rated works - Prospero's Books and the like - unless it stems from its origin as a film score. This label should be ignorred, as this is a well structured and highly accomplished work that deserves proper recognition. It is Nyman at his very very best.