End of the Affair

The End of the Affair

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With his soaring romantic score for Neil Jordan's 1999 film adaptation of Graham Greene's novel The End of the Affair, Michael Nyman retained his place, already firmly established by his work on movies like The Piano, Gattacca, and Carrington, as one of the most sure-handed film

Overview

With his soaring romantic score for Neil Jordan's 1999 film adaptation of Graham Greene's novel The End of the Affair, Michael Nyman retained his place, already firmly established by his work on movies like The Piano, Gattacca, and Carrington, as one of the most sure-handed film composers of the '90s. His music for The End of the Affair beautifully reflects the full emotional range of Jordan's film, underlining with equal dexterity the passionate attraction between Greene's star-crossed lovers (exquisitely played by Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore), the pain of their inevitable separation, and the lurking menace of Fiennes' hateful jealousy. In one scene, the Fiennes character, a novelist, suggests that happiness is harder to write than unhappiness. But Nyman seems perfectly comfortable with both, contrasting the gentle piano melody of "Love Doesn't End" with the elegiac strings of "Sarah Dies." As you might expect from a period romantic drama, the score is dominated by violin -- there are an eyebrow-raising 24 violinists in the composer's Michael Nyman Orchestra -- but the music, like the film, nonetheless manages to avoid almost any lapses into melodrama. The soundtrack's producer, Cameron Allen, wisely decided against including any of the 1940s pop songs used in the film (Jo Stafford's "Haunted Heart" played a particularly significant role). This is not Nyman's best score, but it deserves the chance Allen gives it to stand on its own without superfluous supplementation.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/07/1999
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074645135427
catalogNumber:
51354

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Martin   Viola
Alexander Balanescu   Violin
Mark Berrow   Violin
Mike Brittain   Bass
Nick Cooper   Cello
Tony Hinnigan   Cello
Chris Laurence   Bass
Rita Manning   Violin
Ann Morfee   Violin
Kate Musker   Viola
Maciej Rakowski   Violin
Steve Sidwell   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
David Theodore   English Horn
Cathy Thompson   Violin
Philip Todd   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Nigel Barr   Bass,Trombone,Tuba
Dermot Crehan   Violin
Martin Elliott   Bass
William Schofield   Cello
Mary Scully   Bass
Paul Willey   Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki   Violin
Jackie Shave   Violin
Jonathan Snowden   Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone
Bruce White   Viola
Ian Humphries   Violin
Julian Leaper   Violin
Rachel Allen   Violin
Everton Nelson   Violin
Sonia Salny   Violin
Warren Zielinski   Violin
Sophie Harris   Cello
Christopher Tombling   Violin
Jonathan Evans-Jones   Violin

Technical Credits

Michael Nyman   Composer,Score
Cameron Allan   Producer
Austin Ince   Engineer
Jackie Shave   Orchestra Leader

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