Nyman, Michael - Mozart 252 - Michael Nyman Band (The)

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• Nyman’s Mozart-based scores brought together for the first time

• Featuring contralto Hilary Summers and bass-baritone Andrew    Slater

• Features all new recordings

Mozart has been essential to the Michael Nyman Band since its formation as the Campiello Band in 1977. The first Campiello Band concert, in the Foyer of the National Theatre, featured Nyman's celebrated classic, In Re Don Giovanni, in which the first 16 bars of the 'Catalogue Song' was stripped down and reassembled into a singular combination of western classical music, rock 'n' roll and minimalism.

Nyman has gone on to reference Mozart in several of his film scores and compositions. In 2006 the BBC commissioned Nyman to assemble a collection of his Mozart-based scores for the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth. Two years on (hence the title Mozart 252!) and Nyman has recorded a fully orchestrated album of the material including gems In Re Don Giovanni and Revisiting the Don.

The album features two main bodies of Mozart-derived works, the first is the soundtrack for Peter Greenaway’s Drowning by Numbers, and is an 'exploration' of the rhythmic, melodic and harmonic qualities that Nyman found so mysteriously attractive in the slow movement of the Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola [which Greenaway had specified should be the source for the whole soundtrack!].

The second score draws from Letters, Riddles and Writs, a BBC2-commissioned homage to Mozart written in 1991. The film portrays Mozart (played by Ute Lemper) on his deathbed conducting an imaginary performance of The Magic Flute as he muses on his life’s predicaments. Thoughts of his troubled relationship with his father are illustrated in a remake of 'O Isis and Osiris, his dire financial situation is played out in 'Profit and Loss and the tragedy of dying while still at the height of his creativity is echoed in 'I am an Unusual Thing'. His (imaginary) annoyance of realising that Michael Nyman has plagiarised his 'Haydn' quartets also makes up a large part of the

Artikelnummer MNRCD113
Streckkod 5060116570595
Utgivningsdatum 2008-03-24
Kategori Klassiskt
Skivbolag Michael Nyman Records
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 1
Artister Michael Nyman Band (The)
Kompositörer Nyman, Michael
Disk: 1
In Re Don Giovanni
1 In Re Don Giovanni
2 Revisiting the Don
3 Trysting Fields
4 Not Knowing the Ropes [otherwise known as 2M6]
5 Wedding Tango
6 Wheelbarrow Walk
7 Fish Beach
8 Knowing the Ropes
9 O my Dear Papa
10 I am an Unusual Thing
11 Profit and Loss
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