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Nyman: The Piano Concerto / MGV (Musique a Grande Vitesse) / Short Cuts Import

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Audio CD, Import, April 12, 1994
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Disc: 1
1. The Piano Concerto: The Beach - Michael Nyman
2. The Piano Concerto: The Woods - Michael Nyman
3. The Piano Concerto:: The Hut - Michael Nyman
4. The Piano Concerto: The Release - Michael Nyman
5. MGV: 1st Region - Michael Nyman
6. MGV: 2nd Region - Michael Nyman
7. MGV: 3rd Region - Michael Nyman
8. MGV: 4th Region - Michael Nyman
9. MGV: 5th Region - Michael Nyman
Disc: 2
1. Hook - Various Artists
2. Terminal Velocity: The Archangel Trip - Various Artists
3. Monday & Tuesday: Tuesday (Excerpt) - Various Artists
4. Sextet (Excerpt) - Various Artists
5. Time Will Pronounce: For John Cage - Various Artists
6. Totus Tuus, Op. 60 - Various Artists
7. Symphony In Waves: I. Continous Wave (Excerpt) - Various Artists
8. String Quartet No.3 'The Songlines': III. The Standing Dance - Various Artists
9. Saxophone Concerto (Excerpt From The First Movement) - Various Artists
10. High Life For Strings - Various Artists
See all 17 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Orchestra: Michael Nyman Band & Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Composer: Michael Nyman
  • Audio CD (April 12, 1994)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Argo
  • ASIN: B000004CW6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,610 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Garth Terry on October 23, 2000
Format: Audio CD
After purchasing this CD I found myself playing it nonstop for some time. I was familiar with some of Nyman's other music and wanted more material to listen to, and this fit the bill perfectly. The piano concerto is largely taken from the songs he wrote for the movie "The Piano" cast into a 20th century concerto form. The performance is clear and well balanced. Some may find it a bit repeatitive and really lacking a continuous development of the themes, but those who appreciate minimalist music will enjoy the cd. MGV is based around driving rhythms throughout the piece, very similar to the music written in the Peter Greenway films for which Nyman is most famous. More minimalist than the concerto, I think this is the better of the two offerings (especially the first section). As a whole the two compositions complement each other very well, making it another great album from the Argo label.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By aston on February 3, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This album contains two pieces of music: first being the full piano concerto, based on <The Piano> soundtrack. The second is an orchestral music called MGV, which was written for the inauguration of the TGV Northern Europe Train Line. Opinions towards this album has been mixed, reflecting the divided opinions among classical listeners towards minimalist music in general. Again, like most minimalist music (especially Michael Nyman's work), you really cannot rely on reviewers' opinions alone. You must decide for yourself.
In my humble opinions, Nyman has successfully transformed the various sountracks in <The Piano> into one piano concerto. The level of technical skills required to play the Piano Concerto has been raised, obviously to accomodate the fact that a professional pianist (Kathryn Scott) rather than an amateur pianist/professional actress (Holly Hunter) was playing the piece. The emotional impact has not been compromised by this transformation, and the influence of Scottish folk tune is still very evident.
In the second piece, MGV, Nyman took the audience through an imaginery train journey, with emphasis on the sense of adventure, wonder and triumph. One can see in it Nyman's intention to celebrate human achievement and human triumph over odds.
On both counts, this album has successfully achieved what most minimalist music strives to achieve - an elation of human senses and starting the fire of human imaginations.
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By Kathy-W on May 21, 2014
Format: Audio CD
After hearing the delightfully heartfelt and free-form piano solo portions of the original “Piano” soundtrack, I was curious how the experience could actually be repeated as a concerto. I was even wondering what the point was since the basic compositions were already strong and sometimes complex. I don’t think I’m wrong to say that listeners tend to assume that a concerto made following the release of solo instrument pieces implies that the originals were either weak or not entirely planned. It even suggests a lack of confidence on the composer’s part, as if to say “well, I didn’t quite hit the sweet spot yet, so let’s try again.” Being a firm believer in the power of movie soundtracks, I’m in favor of the concept of expanding them, but you never know what you’re going to get in these cases.

As it turns out, my basic assertion was wrong this time. These songs retain the original melodies but build more around them, resulting in a fuller sound and at least as much pathos as the originals had. This is all assuming, of course, that you enjoy Nyman’s niche of music. Some call it minimalist and some call it New Age-like. I’m not sure either is accurate. If you hate both of those features, don’t buy this. If you DO like either or both, this one might be within your listening scope.

“The Beach” has a swaying quality (yes, like ocean waves, to go for the obvious cliché), and although the piano takes a back seat for some portions, the orchestral parts that are now there are methodical and appropriate. The horn sections in particular resemble Joe Hisaishi’s work – and I mean that in the best possible way. One even wonders if Hisaishi was influenced by this work.

“The Woods” does indeed evoke secrecy, passion, and yes, days full of storms and drear.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. L. Foreman on May 13, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I agree with the two previous reviewers that The Piano Concerto and MGV are great music to listen to any time. I also found myself playing the CD over and over. Two enthralling performances.

However, the version I own includes a second CD with short tracks from other Argo releases. (Listed above for listening.) I also played that one over and over again and finally began searching for CDs by those composers. It took forever to find works by the Fitkin brothers (?), but they were well worth the search.

The Piano Concerto and MGV are must haves for any fan of minimalism and especially of Nyman, but try to get the version with two disks. It will open your eyes to many more composers in the same genre.
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