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, 30 July 2014
This review is from: Nyman: Peter Greenaway film music - British Composers (Audio CD)
Not great. Quite irritating in fact. I've yet to be convinced by Micheal Nyman. The choice of instrumentation was interesting at first, any effort to successfully integrate the crumhorn into a piece is worth a nod. However, much of this collection was rather grating and cringeworthy. At first, wishing to keep an open mind, I found the repetitive strains of the music somewhat effective, with the gradually increasing intensity that resulted. This would have worked well if the composer had the courage of his convictions and hadn't so often led the listener down a rather dull path to nowhere. This collection perhaps highlights the limitations imposed by the requirements of a film score but, having listened to many superior film soundtracks, I don't think that is a sufficient defence. The score for 'The Piano' has some nice music in it, but it's a bit obvious. Try the sublime Claire Denis soundtracks by Tindersticks instead. Give Johnny Greenwood's 'There Will Be Blood' score a go. If you enjoy simple, beautiful, introspective melodies with accompanied repetitive arpeggios, Yann Tiersen is far superior. Einaudi is not far behind either.
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