The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

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All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
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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  • Release Date: 7/1/1991
  • Label: VENTURE / CAROLINE
  • UPC: 017046160322
  • Catalog Number: 1603

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Memorial (12:07)
  2. 2 Miserere Paraphrase - Alexander Balanescu (5:44)
  3. 3 Book Depository (5:41)
  4. 4 Coupling (5:17)
  5. 5 Miserere - Michael Nyman Band (11:33)
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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 Contributor, Liner Notes
Michael J. Dutton Engineer
Tim Hunt Engineer
London Voices Contributor
Michael J. Duffon Engineer
Terry Edwards Director
David Cunningham Producer
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