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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Nyman music - but beware!!!, 30 Nov 1999
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This review is from: The Commissar Vanishes / The Fall Of Icarus (Audio CD)
The Commissar Vanishes refers to the practice in Stalins Russia of removing references to those out of favour.
In some ways this work matches that practice, for in fact it is an earlier work renamed. The pack contains two almost identical recordings. The original 10 year old work 'The Fall of Icarus' has been taken and renamed as 'The Commissar Vanishes' with some minor additions. Both works form this 'double' album.
So if you already have Icarus you probably do not want this.
You have to admire the cheek of Nyman; the amount of time he recycles his old work - but here it is a case of 'just slap a new name on it'.
Suppose the Beatles at their end - under pressure to supply a contract album - just re-recorded 'Please Please Me' and renamed it 'Let it Be'.
But I didn't have Icarus so I am happy. And I think Icarus has the edge slightly - its crisper and fresher. But if I'd paid the full price in a high street store, instead of the discount price from Amazon I'd have felt ripped off.
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