Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover [Original Soundtrack]

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover [Original Soundtrack]

by Michael Nyman
     
 

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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,…  See more details below

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/1991
Label:
VENTURE / CAROLINE
UPC:
0017046160322
catalogNumber:
1603

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Nyman   Primary Artist,Piano,Conductor,Track Performer
David Roach   Alto Saxophone
Graham Ashton   Trumpet
Alexander Balanescu   Violin,Track Performer
Simon Davies   Vocals
Andy Findon   Flute,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Tony Hinnigan   Cello
Gordon Jones   Vocals
Chris Laurence   Double Bass
Elisabeth Perry   Violin
Lesley Reid   Vocals
Geoffrey Shaw   Vocals
London Voices   Track Performer
Jonathan Carney   Violin,Viola
David Fuest   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Sarah Leonard   Vocals,Soprano (Vocal)
Judith Rees   Vocals
Paul Chapman   Soprano (Vocal)
Gareth Roberts   Vocals
Sue Anderson   Vocals
Michael Nyman Band   Track Performer
David Stewart   Trombone
John Harle   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Terry Edwards   Vocals

Technical Credits

Michael Nyman   Liner Notes
Michael J. Dutton   Engineer
Tim Hunt   Engineer
Michael J. Duffon   Engineer
Terry Edwards   Director
David Cunningham   Producer

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