- Audio CD (1 Jan. 2010)
- SPARS Code: DDD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Michael Nyman
- ASIN: B000HLDD5G
- Other Editions: MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 363,499 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Nyman Brass - Wingates Band CD
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The two main sequences on the album Nyman Brass performed by Wingates Band are from Michael Nyman's scores to The Ogre [Volker Schlondorff, 1996] and The Libertine [Laurence Dunmore, 2005]. The Ogre was never seen in the UK and the soundtrack not released here, so this will be the first time many people will have heard this music. Originally composed for brass ensemble with saxophones, Wingates Band's performance is not hugely different from the original. The album is completed with the Michael Nyman Band classics, In Re Don Giovanni and Chasing sheep is best left to shepherds from The Draughtman's Contract [Peter Greenaway, 1982], where the music sounds very different from the original performances. Michael Nyman says: "The whole sound-world was transformed. Things like repeated rhythms which I originally gave to piano are punchier, edgier, more dangerous on cornets and trombones." Wingates Band was formed in 1873 by the members of the Bible Class of Wingates Independent Methodist Church in Westhoughton, Bolton, in response to a challenge from the members of Westhoughton Old Band, which had been in existence since 1858. By the turn of the century, led by legendary 'giant' of the British brass band movement William Rimmer, Wingates had been turned into one of the top bands in the country. In 1906 the Band achieved national fame by winning the 'double': the British Open and the British National Championships. The following year Wingates astounded the brass band world by completing the double again. Michael Nyman described it as "a privilege" to work with Wingates. Although his music was very different from the kind that the players were used to, he said they "picked up the style, especially the formality of the music, and it soon sounded second nature to them I loved the spirit of the playing, the instant dedication and the energy in what is a very new sound world for me."
About the Artist
As one of Britain's most innovative and celebrated composers, Michael Nyman's work encompasses operas and string quartets, film soundtracks and orchestral concertos. Far more than merely a composer, he's also a performer, conductor, bandleader, pianist, author, musicologist and now a photographer and film-maker. Although he's far too modest to allow the description 'Renaissance Man', his restless creativity and multi-faceted art has made him one of the most fascinating and influential cultural icons of our times.
Top Customer Reviews
The Signor Dildo from the Libertine and Magic Forest from the Ogre, are tracks a notch above the rest.
Signor D is otherwise excellently witty with vocals, but also well worth a clear brassy rendition.
No sour notes, clear and good. Could wished for a lttle bit more snappy performance.
In Re Don Giovanni would be perfect if it got the sound spread out a bit and speed/energy tinged with a gypsy-like momentum.
Pace or perfection? I'd go for pace instead.