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Film Soundtracks - Released January 1, 1993 | Venture

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography - Sélection du Mercury Prize
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Film Soundtracks - Released January 1, 2004 | EMI Catalogue

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Classical - Released September 5, 2011 | Warner Classics

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Film Soundtracks - Released January 1, 2001 | Venture

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Film Soundtracks - Released January 1, 2011 | EMI Classics

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Film Soundtracks - Released June 8, 2018 | Michael Nyman Records

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Film Soundtracks - Released January 1, 2004 | EMI Catalogue

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Classical - Released January 1, 1994 | Venture

Chameleon-like and resistant to categorization, Michael Nyman is one of the most eclectic composers to emerge from the late twentieth century's minimalist scene. Nyman's music encompasses many styles, not only the neo-Baroque pastiches in his film music but also popular and world music styles that may be less familiar. This live recording makes Nyman's diverse output comprehensible and amounts to his first greatest-hits package. The program opens with In Re Don Giovanni, a fun pattern piece drawn from the introductory measures of Leporello's Catalogue Aria. Bird List, with its obsessive backbeat and hard saxophone edge, is somewhere between minimalism and rock, an ambiguity Nyman clearly intended. The Queen of the Night, adapted from Nyman's soundtrack for The Draughtsman's Contract, is an extended version of one of the film's mordant pieces. Water Dances, in two movements entitled "Dipping" and "Stroking," is derived from pop harmonies of the 1960s, which Nyman admits as an important influence. The Upside-Down Violin features the Moroccan Orquesta Andaluzi de Tetuoan and provides an example of Nyman's ethnic explorations. The atmospheric concert suite from the soundtrack for The Piano is perhaps Nyman's most widely acclaimed work, and here it brings several ovations from the audience. © TiVo
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Film Soundtracks - Released January 1, 2004 | EMI Catalogue

For this, his seventh soundtrack for director Peter Greenaway, Nyman deftly orchestrates a mix of strings, horns, and voices to produce another of his fetching and romantic minimalist backdrops. The opening "Memorial" is the highlight of the lot and drives along with stuttering saxophones, an insistent string arrangement, elegiac brass solos, and the soaring vocals of soprano Sarah Leonard (Leonard would be featured on a large part of the Prospero's Books soundtrack). The piece was originally inspired by a 1985 Belgian soccer match tragedy, in which 39 Italian fans were killed. Nyman utilized a death march in his earlier Greenaway collaboration, Drowning by Numbers, and revives the scheme to great effect here for what would become the main theme of The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover. Nyman contrasts the piece's climatic quality with two relatively sedate yet brooding numbers. There's also a rousing performance of his "Miserere" (performed by the London Voices choir) and a violin and piano paraphrase of the same piece to add to an already solid soundtrack. Nyman is again aided by his crack band, which includes such standouts as violinist Alexander Balanescu and tenor saxophonist John Harle. Along with the soundtracks to The Piano and Prospero's Books, this is an essential title in the Nyman catalog. © Stephen Cook /TiVo
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Film Soundtracks - Released August 31, 2015 | Michael Nyman Records

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Classical - Released May 4, 2007 | Michael Nyman Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released December 28, 2009 | Michael Nyman Records

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Film Soundtracks - Released January 1, 1994 | Venture

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Film Soundtracks - Released January 1, 1999 | Venture

Hailed as one of the most prolific and solid composers of the 20th century, Michael Nyman certainly made a name for himself with the elegant film score to the Academy Award winning drama The Piano. With various compositions under his belt, Nyman added the original score to the Peter Berg-directed film Wonderland in mid-2000. © MacKenzie Wilson /TiVo
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Film Soundtracks - Released January 1, 2004 | EMI Catalogue

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Classical - Released January 1, 2008 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Film Soundtracks - Released August 26, 2016 | Michael Nyman Records

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Classical - Released January 1, 1996 | Venture

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Classical - Released December 20, 2013 | Michael Nyman Records