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5.0 out of 5 stars The Essential Michael Nyman Band Cd Review, 13 Nov. 2003
This review is from: The Essential Michael Nyman Band (Audio CD)
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.
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Initial post: 3 Nov 2008 22:46:18 GMT
Im confused as to what this means? has the cd got water dances on or not? its not in the track listing or is it a musical which the tracks are taken from?

Posted on 20 Sep 2010 17:01:08 BDT
I was very moved when listening to this CD. And Nyman's music reminded me of the music by the polish composer Zbigniew Preisner, who composed the music that was included in the film "La double vie de Veronique", by Krzysztof Kieslowski.
But I must admit that I liked Nyman's music a lot better!
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