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Michael Nyman - Mozart 252

Michael Nyman - Mozart 252
ID: MNRCD113
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Kolektion: Vocal CollectionSubkolektion: Voices

This album was designed to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Mozart in 2006, but it seemed more appropriate to miss the boat, by two years - hence the 252. It could equally have been Mozart 30, since it is 30 years since In Re Don Giovanni originally saw the light of day in 1977 in the very first Campiello Band concert, in the National Theatre foyer. The Campiello Band was born out of the onstage band used for my arrangements of 18th century gondoliers’ songs for Bill Bryden's production of Goldoni's ‘Il Campiell’, which opened the Olivier Theatre in October 1976 and was thus the father of the current Michael Nyman Band.

Two main bodies of Mozart-derived works are presented on Mozart 252; the soundtrack to Peter Greenaway's ‘Drowning by Numbers’ (1988), and songs and duets from ‘Letters. Riddles and Writs’, a TV film developed in 1991 with the director Jeremy Newson as part of BBC2's Not Mozart series, which marked the 200th anniversary of Mozart's death.

My “Mozart music” is best understood by reading Pwyll ap Sion's impressive analyses in his book The Music of Michael Nyman:Texts, Contexts and Intertexts (Ashgate, 2007). But, briefly the first Nyman/Mozart collaboration, In Re Don Giovanni effectively samples and remixes the first 16 bars the Catalogue Song from ‘Don Giovanni’, and Revising the Don (a Radio 3 commission for the 250th anniversary) is a lyrical and literal revisiting of In Re.

The ‘Drowning by Numbers’ score is derived, in accordance with Greenaway's strict instructions, entirely from the slow movement of the ‘Sinfonia Concertante’ for violin and viola: Trysting Fields simply 'lists', in order of occurrence and each repeated three times, all the “unprepared” dissonances, (appoggiaturas) from the Mozart piece, and at the end introduces the 8-chord E flat/C minor/A flat/B flat/C min/E flat/A flat/B flat 'rock 'n' roll' sequence which ends the exposition of the movement, and which, along with a kind of retrograde version, is heard throughout Sheep 'n' Tides, Wheelbarrow Walk, Fish Beach and Not Knowing the Ropes (so called because on the ‘Drowning’ soundtrack album it is erroneously called Knowing the Ropes!).

Wedding Tango is built out of a chord-by-chord alternation of both the minor key version (from the very end of the movement) and more familiar major key versions of the 8-chord sequence. Knowing the Ropes, like Trysting Fields is a musical list (though with more conscious structural organization) - this time of a wiggly semiquaver motif, which is threaded through the movement and ends with a grand statement of the theme that is accompanied by the 8-chord sequence in the Mozart original.

‘Letters, Riddles and Writs’ deals in general, through texts taken from Mozart’s letters and riddles (the writs have to do with my frequent theft of Mozart's music) with his relationship with his father (O my dear Papa, a remake of O Isis und Osiris from The Magic Flute), with his own mortality (I am an Unusual Thing, which uses the texts from one of the riddles that Mozart wrote and distributed in Vienna during the 1787 Carnival and is based entirely on extract from two of his Haydn quartets) and with his business acumen [Profit and Loss, modeled on In Re Don Giovanni)
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Michael Nyman - Acts of Beauts - Exit No Exit

Michael Nyman - Acts of Beauts - Exit No Exit
ID: MNRCD109
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subkolektion: Piano

The album Acts of Beauty / Exit no Exit couples two world premiere recordings.

Acts of Beauty is a song cycle based on miscellaneous texts on beauty from a 1556 text of Vincenzo Cartari, which looks at the measurements of beauty by comparing buttocks to beauty in the urban environment as viewed by Kurt Scwitters and Dzuga Vertov to Martial's Epigrams on another kind of sexual measurement: the weighing of penis. It presents an entirely different Nyman approach to vocal writing than is found in Six Celan Songs/The Ballad of Kastriot Rexhepi.

Exit no Exit began life as Beckham Crosses, Nyman Scores, a 'homage' to the England football team as part of an extended documentary broadcast on BBC Radio 3 to celebrate the end of the World Cup finals in Japan / Korea in 2002. Nyman decided to take extracts from John Motson's commentary to the England v Argentina match and sample, loop and 'instrumentalise' them in the manner of Steve Reich's Different Trains: translating the loops repeating rhythmic and melodic patterns played without variation.

Rewritten for the Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company in 2006, John Motson's voice is now replaced with a bass clarinet which not only imitates the commentator's highly idiosyncratic speech patterns, but also takes off from these with a concertante part of some virtuosity. A completely new, multi-section closing 10 minutes sequence was written specially for Exit no Exit, premiered on 7 February 2006 at Brighton's Gardner Arts Centre.

Cristina Zavalloni soprano
Sentieri Selvaggi
Carlo Boccadoro conductor

EXIT no EXIT - Premiere recording
Andrew Sparling bass clarinet
Nyman Quartet
Music composed by Michael Nyman
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Michael Nyman - The Libertine

Michael Nyman - The Libertine
ID: MNRCD104
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Kolektion: MoviesSubkolektion: Film Music

Working alongside director Laurence Dunmore, Nyman has composed the music for his latest film - The Libertine. The film is a version of the celebrated Stephen Jeffreys play and stars Johnny Depp, John Malkovich and Samantha Morton. It tells the story of the 17th century Earl of Rochester (Depp), his friendship with King of England Charles II (Malkovich) and his affair with actress Elizabeth Barry (Morton).

The Earl of Rochester was a legendary rake of the era and the film has been described as "outrageously sexy". He managed to reconcile being a sensitive poet and a pornographer, was simultaneously a republican and friend of King Charles II and was passionately in love with both his wife and mistress. The film captures the sense of new possibilities at the dawn of the age of enlightenment.

Nyman has been fortunate to work with directors who understand that music can add greatly to the overall impact of a film, directors who have allowed the music to have a solid presence in their films rather than simply act as background filler. Director Laurence Dunmore has wanted to work with Michael since he first heard his music in 'A Zed and Two Noughts'. For Nyman, there's a direct link back to his first major soundtrack The Draughtsman's Contract as both films are 17th Century based, visually stunning, comedies of manners. Once again the composer and his long-standing band deliver a stunning score, rich in detail with driving, baroque influenced tunes counter-balanced by a series of haunting, elegiac melodies of the sort that has made Nyman's work familiar to millions.

Composed, conducted and produced by Michael Nyman
Performed by the Michael Nyman Orchestra
Hillary Summers contralto
Capital Voices

Music composed by Michael Nyman
Performed by the Michael Nyman Orchestra
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Monteverdi and Carissimi -Ensemble "II Falcone", Coro Cantica Symphonia

Monteverdi and Carissimi -Ensemble "II Falcone", Coro Cantica Symphonia
ID: CLS0401
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Kolektion: Baroque

This CD couples two early Baroque vocal works that typify the new style that was emerging in Italy in the early 1600's. Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda is Monteverdi's madrigal setting of Tasso's epic poem, take full advantage of the drama inherent in the text. Carissimi's Jeptha sets the Biblical story to music, anticipating the sacred cantatas that were to flourish later in the Baroque.
Live recording 11/29/2001 in S. Maria di Castello (GE)
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Georg Frideric Handel: Nel Dolce dell'Oblio: Italian Cantatas and German Arias

Georg Frideric Handel: Nel Dolce dell'Oblio: Italian Cantatas and German Arias
ID: CLS0403
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Kolektion: Baroque

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Song of Songs - Laudibus Ensemble - Mike Brewer

Song of Songs - Laudibus Ensemble - Mike Brewer
ID: DCD34042
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subkolektion: Songs

The Song of Songs stands apart from its biblical surroundings as one of the supreme love poems of world literature, a celebration of erotic love in the form of a dialogue between a bridegroom and his bride, invoking all the senses, the fragrance of wine, blossom, fruits and spices. Ranging widely over five centuries, from the relative asperity of Dunstaple to the lush exoticism of Daniel-Lesur, this cherry-picked assortment of sweetmeats is given exultant life by Mike Brewer and Laudibus.
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Vadim Korshunov, tenor - Famous Italian songs

Vadim Korshunov, tenor - Famous Italian songs
ID: ART172
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Kolektion: Vocal CollectionSubkolektion: Voices

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Zoya Shtylina, contralto - Both life and tears and love ...Romances on lyrics by Alexander Pushkin

Zoya Shtylina, contralto - Both life and tears and love ...Romances on lyrics by Alexander Pushkin
ID: ART254
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Kolektion: Vocal Collection

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Tchaikovsky - Bugaenko - At God's will to our salvation...Compositions for voice and string orchestra

Tchaikovsky - Bugaenko - At God's will to our salvation...Compositions for voice and string orchestra
ID: ART229-2
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Kolektion: Vocal CollectionSubkolektion: Voices and Chamber Ensemble

1 - 8 Pavel Didenko, baritone
1 - 9 Moscow chamber orchestra “The Season“ - V. Bulakhov, conductor
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Dunedin Consort - The Peoples Mass

Dunedin Consort - The Peoples Mass
ID: DCD34018
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Kolektion: Vocal CollectionSubkolektion: Vocal Ensemble

Dunedin Consort:
Susan Hamilton (1st soprano)
Libby Crabtree (2nd soprano)
Kate Hamilton (alto)
Nicholas Mulroy (tenor)
Matthew Brook (baritone)
Noel Mann (bass)

Six contemporary Scottish-based composers come together in this new Mass setting performed by the Dunedin Consort. Polychoral pieces interweave with harp-accompanied songs in a spiritual work that achieves unity in diversity, designed to stimulate and inspire the listener’s inner soul.

The Dunedin Consort has adopted a fresh approach to the Latin Mass by commissioning a different composer to write each movement. Six contemporary Scottish-based composers come together in this new Mass setting whose most striking aspect is its remarkable homogeneity, given the varied background of the six composers. The blending of six-part a cappella voices together with solo songs, harp accompaniment and an upper voice choir for the plainsong sections also gives the work an added dimension of space within its harmonic framework. Polychoral pieces interweave with harp-accompanied songs in a spiritual work that achieves unity in diversity, designed to stimulate and inspire the listener’s very soul.

Track listing

1 Chant: Introit
2 Kyrie Malcolm Lindsay (b.1959)
3 Days of Thunder (tenor)
4 Chant: Psalm
5 Gloria Christine McCombe (b.1967)
6 The Solstice Stone (2nd soprano)
7 Chant: Gradual
8 Credo Tommy Fowler (b.1948)
9 God Is (alto)
10 Chant: Alleluia
11 In Praise of Saints (bass) John Gormley (b.1975)
12 Sanctus
13 Chant: Offertory
14 Benedictus Anthea Haddow (b.1969)
15 La Muerta (1st soprano)
16 Chant: Communion
17 Prayer (baritone) Rebecca Rowe (b.1970)
18 Agnus Dei
19 Black over Red Epilogue 2 Anthea Haddow (b.1969)
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