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Michael Nyman: Collections

Michael Nyman: Collections

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by Michael Nyman

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Michael Nyman: Collections 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
DanClarino More than 1 year ago
Michael Nyman has been a very unique, somewhat iconoclastic composer of "minimalist" works with a Baroque touch for a long time now. A recent two DVD release, "Michael Nyman, Composer in Progress" (ArtHaus) is an excellent introduction to the composer as a biographical overview and includes a full length in-concert performance film as well. I would suggest that the new "Nyman Collections" double CD set on Nyman's own label, MN Records, is a must have to complete the picture of what you need to know about this fascinating English artist. The first CD in the set, entitled "Portrait of Label", is basically a sampler album of some of Nyman's best known music as well as newer and lesser known works. For me, the cuts from his collaborations with crossover singer David McAlmont were new and a delight. McAlmont has a very clear, airy, higher timbre and reminded me, in the most complimentary way, of Bobby McFerrin. The selections from Nyman's newer operatic offerings, such as "Man and Boy: Dada" and "Love Counts" are also present along with much better known fare from "The Piano" and "The Draughtsman's Contract". There is good variety here and a very enjoyable collection. The biggest surprise to me in this set, however, was Nyman as photgrapher. A very well produced booklet of some of Nyman's photography is included entitled "Cine Opera". The title and theme of the collection is from his trip to Mexico where he encountered the Teatro Cine Opera, the shambles of a once beautiful theatre and its surroundings. Nyman's photographs are appropriately dark, bleak but very well done and quite artistic. Nyman comments that he has lately been dealing with a "preoccupation with the loss of (cinema)" and what it used to mean to a community. The DVD that rounds out this fascinating collection, "50,000 Photos Can't Be Wrong", is in a similar vein. Film editor, Myriam Blundell, has skillfully taken several of Nyman's photos and turned them into a kind of quick succession montage. The tone is also somewhat dark and abstract although there are some sequences of great wit and sarcasm such as his stills of some people at a beach wearing ... not nearly enough. The film score, by Nyman, is characteristic and engaging although it might not stand on its own as well as much of his other output, even his film scores. The greatest revelation in this collection is, indeed, Michael Nyman the photographer. He is a skilled artist with a keen eye and a unique look on still life. Altogether this is a very nice collection and I do recommend that any Michael Nyman fan would want this and the ArtHaus DVD set to go with the brilliant sound world that you probably already know!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Michael Nyman fans should find themselves in minimalist heaven with this multi-media release from the noted composer. This nifty little box set includes a CD featuring a selection of cuts from Nyman's record label (including pieces that have appeared in the soundtracks to "The Piano," "The Draughtsman's Contract" and "Prospero's Books"); a DVD of his short film "50000 Photos Can't Be Wrong," which artfully blends still and moving images Nyman has taken in recent years accompanied by his music; and a small-format hard-bound book of his photographs from various series that play with concepts of time and space, reality and abstraction, energy and decay. Linking these discrete yet complementary mediums is Nyman's trademark focus on simplicity and repetition, and his ability to create hypnotic visual echoes of his deceptively complex-and emotionally satisfying-musical constructs.