The Essential Michael Nyman Band

The Michael Nyman Band
January 19, 1993 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: November 10, 1992
  • Release Date: January 19, 1993
  • Label: Decca
  • Copyright: (C) 1992 Decca Music Group Limited
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  • Total Length: 1:07:20
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  • ASIN: B0018O75T6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,452 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Scott Andrew Hutchins on September 17, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Music from Peter Greenaway's films is the subject of this release. All of the works were newly recorded in 1992, often in strikingly different arrangements from their soundtrack counterparts. There is a completely new section in the Purcell-inspired "Chasing Sheep is Best Left to Shepherds," and "An Eye for Optical Theory," has gone from pulsating clarinet-based drawing music to a choreography upbeat tune, with the clarinet part shifted to saxophone, and the saxophone part shifted to piano. The saxophone makes much greater appearance on the album than on the soundtrack versions, replacing the violin melody on "Time Lapse." "Miranda" has the violin and viola parts done by soprano and mezzo-soprano vocalists. The major casualty of the disc is "Water Dances." It includes "Gliding," rather than "Stroking," as it indicates, and the sax blares over everything, particularly the strong brass section near the beginning of "Synchronizing." But perhaps that's merely a matter of taste. Not a replacement for the original soundtracks, but as essential to any music library as the title suggests.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Pomeroy on July 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is an odd greatest hits / remix collection of Michael Nyman's soundtrack music for Peter Greenaway's films, plus two tracks from 'Water Dances' (which are not otherwise available in orchestrated form). Similar in concept to Kraftwerk's 'The Mix', the music has been re-arranged in a generally bouncier, upbeat style to the original - whilst 'Chasing Sheep' has a new, sad-sounding middle-eight, 'Wheelbarrow Walk' is utterly jolly, and the transition from the calmness of the first 'Water Dance' to the frenzy of the last (sounding rather like an Elmer Bernstein western movie score) is amusing. The music from 'The Cook', on the other hand, is uniformly doom-laden, fitting the humourless tone of the film quite well, whilst the single extract from 'Prospero's Books' seems to meander a lot without going anywhere. It's a great introduction / compilation of his pre-Hollywood score music, and along with the soundtrack to 'Drowning by Numbers' is an essential Michael Nyman purchase.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By derrotista on March 4, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I was a great enthusiast of new age and minimalist music in the early 90's, when I was still a teenager. I had this as one of my favourite albums and today I consider it one of my best purchases.
Ten years later, Nyman is recognised as one of the biggest composers of late XXth century. In part with the astonishing soundtrack of "The Piano". But I think this "Essential" album has more to offer to you.
Of course, my favourite is "Memorial". It is the most tragic music I have ever listened. It's a perfect track to describe what a word like "death" can mean. "Miserere Paraphrase" is the definition of another simple word: "pain".
Some other tracks are the purity of minimalism: "Knowing the Ropes", "Chasing Sheep is best left to Shepherds", "Wheelbarrow Walk" and "The Garden is Becoming a Robe Room" are of my favourites.
Why am I not giving it five stars? The reason: "Prospero's Books: Miranda". It is a bad way to end this album. Almost the whole album is devoted to Greenaway films: "The Draughtsman Contract", "The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover", "A Zed and Two Noughts" and "Drowning by Numbers" and the referred "Prospero's Books". The only track not belonging to a film is Stroking-Synchronising, from "Water Dances" album. This is a tremendous composition and should be the great finale for this album. "Miranda" is a dull and not creative composition, which Nyman doesn't have to be proud of it: it is too complex, too changing and breaks with the minimalist spirit. I also think the soprano and the mezzo don't play a "serious" part.
But of course, it has an honour place in my discography.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jorge on March 30, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Today I was talking with a friend about the rainbow of feelings "Memorial" awakes in my mind. I consider this song like the exact opposite of easy-listening music, a feeling catalyst, a vehicle that can raise you to the sky and gradually take you to the deepest level in hell. As derrotista said, it is perfect to describe the meaning of a word like "death", but more than that, with an inevitability emphasis.
The rest of the compilation also honors the meaning of intensity. No one song in this disc will let your attention go away from the sensations mosaic this record constructs. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris Ward VINE VOICE on January 24, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you're unfamiliar with Nyman and want a broad overview of his best work, I'd start here. I actually WORE OUT a copy of this and recently bought another. When it arrived, I played it over and over-- Nyman's almost creepily insistent and precise compositions will appeal to those who appreciate minimalism and repetition in the music of other composers such as John Adams, Steve Reich, Michael Torke, and Philip Glass.
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