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Nico Muhly: I Drink the Air Before Me
 
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Nico Muhly: I Drink the Air Before Me

6 Sept. 2010 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2010
  • Release Date: 6 Sept. 2010
  • Label: Decca Music Group Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2010 Bedroom Community
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  • Total Length: 53:20
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  • ASIN: B00405C2S4
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 191,054 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Jun. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Nico Muhly is nothing if not prolific! Some would say he's
a bit of a magpie peddling style over substance but were we
to look no further than this commission for the Stephen
Petronio dance company (or his new opera 'Two Boys' currently
being staged by English National Opera) then we will clearly
experience a composer of idiosyncratic vision and energy.

The twelve pieces which comprise 'I Drink The Air Before Me'
demonstrates Mr Muhly's easy affinity with music for movement.
Angular; percussive; as much European in "feel" as it is American
in its bones (witness the Copeland-like cadences of 'Salty Dog',
whose thematic material contains more than a little spirit of
the master's 1944 ballet 'Appalachian Spring').

Without seeing the dancers there is, of course, half of the
business missing but the music stands up well on its own two
feet and draws us ever onward and inward into an enthralling
and engaging sonic journey of singular invention and imagination.

'Music Under Pressure 1 - Flute' and 'Music Under Pressure 2 -
Piano' are both especially satisfying pieces. The piano/brass
interplay in the former is truly bravura stuff! The massive
block-like chords of the latter generate palpable tension.

A childrens' choir is used judiciously here and there, notably
on the brooding opening number 'Fire Down Below' (the spirit of
Benjamin Britten seems a hair's breadth away) and the haunting
finale 'One Day Tells Its Tale To Another'. Sterling stuff!

I particularly enjoyed the nervy solo string dirge 'Varied Carols'; a
Danse Macabre decked-out in a stained and tattered winding sheet!

Beyond his work with the world's left-field Bohemian rock elite Nico Muhly
clearly has something of his own to say. It is a strong voice worth hearing.

Highly Recommended.
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I Drink The Air Before Me is a 12 part score as accompaniment to a dance performance. Obvious question: can the music can stand on its own? It does, 100%. It is idiosyncratic and varied enough to keep attention fixed all the time. The work's opener Fire Down Below with its rather conventional children's choir is atmospheric, but gets followed by the rebellious First Storm and then by Salty Dog, which again is different, a bit of a style mix between the two. Further on a long violin duet can introduce a full-blown ensemble piece. What they all share is a strong sense of rhythm and rich quirkiness. Notes on the piano happily jump every which way and suddenly halt when a bassoon takes over in long wails.
The sound brings Mikel Rouse and Michael Torke to mind, but the compositional approach is much more adventurous. Surely not your every day fare, but not so extreme as to scare one off. That Nico Muhley, at his young age, is such a sought after composer is an encouraging thought for the future of music. It has a beauty of its own that reveals itself slowly after each listen. What can be more rewarding?
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