Michael Nyman declared himself surprised by the Romanticism of his score for the film The Piano. And yet in this new disc of The Piano Concerto, the accompanying works spell out clearly that Nyman has been a Romantic composer for some time. The Piano soundtrack has been in the top ten since its release in 1993. Nyman reworked the score to produce a more-or-less standard piano concerto of greater technical demand for the pianist Kathryn Stott which, together with Nyman’s remarkable MGV, was recorded in 1993 for Argo with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. Whether you go for this new recording with Peter Lawson and the RPO or Argo’s depends on whether you want the accompanying works, in this case seven reworkings of film-score numbers. TheRead more recorded sound of the RPO disc is superior in its astonishing clarity, emphasising details of instrumental colouring that would never be heard in the concert hall. It’s a pity, however, that Peter Lawson’s keyboard sound is clangy. Jonathan Carney conducts and is the passionate violin soloist in Nyman’s hauntingly beautiful ‘Miserere Paraphrase’ in On the Fiddle.
The Piano Concerto, for piano & orchestraby Michael Nyman Performer:
Peter Lawson (Piano)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Modern Written: 1993 Length: 32 Minutes 7 Secs.
Prospero's Books: Cornfieldby Michael Nyman Conductor:
Period: Modern Written: 1991; United Kingdom Length: 6 Minutes 57 Secs.
Prospero's Books: Mirandaby Michael Nyman Conductor:
Period: Modern Written: 1991; United Kingdom Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs.
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TerrificFebruary 13, 2013By William Schneider (Yaphank, NY)See All My Reviews"This composer is new to me so when Arkiv had a sale I tried this cd.All I can say is great.The music is exciting and compelling.The sound is wonderful on the cd and the price was right.The music is definitely modern but melodic and beautiful"Report Abuse
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