on 13 November 2003
This CD contains all of Michael Nyman's best tracks ever made, ranging from "Time Lapse" to "Fish Beach". Some of these you may remember or you may not. This is definitely though a CD to get and is a perfect compliment to your CD collection. It is also quite good for new classical music listeners.
Nyman's music is incredibly detailed and coursely textured, with the pieces using a whole range of different instruments, for Sax to Cello. Some of it is fast-moving, some not. There is a whole range of different styles on this CD. The Nyman band have certainly played these pieces to perfection. No two tracks are the same, and you will quickly love his totally different and unique style. Some of the pieces you will recognize, some you won't. "Time Lapse" is my particular favourite, with its intricate and complex structure, though I feel other pieces come quite close. "Chasing sheep is best left to shepards" is also quite good, with a typical Monarchy style, like you're at Buckingham Palace; and a very upper-class style. "Prawn Watching" is face-paced and has a unusual minor twist in it. The pieces all feature a certain mysterious quality, like a spirit or a Holy Appriration. You can just imagine scenes in your head of slow Romance, or Spirituality.
However, you wont get bored easily, as with 13 tracks, and a whole host of melodies, you'll be coming back for more.
on 22 July 2014
An established contemporary classic in its time with unusual instruments like sackbuts (a kind of medieval wind instrument akin to a saxophone) and other wonderful 'odd sounds' woven by Michael Nyman, along with some stirring choral workings from the Songstress Joan Sutherland (I think) in 'Memorial', will have your hair standing on end. In a word - fantastic! Wow!