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Michael Nyman: Brass

Nyman,Michael
Release Date: 06/24/2008 
Label:  Mn Records   Catalog #: 110   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Michael Nyman
Conductor:  Michael Nyman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Windgates Band
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The two main sequences on the album are from the scores to The Ogre [Volker Schlondorff, 1996] and The Libertine [Laurence Dunmore, 2005]. The Ogre was never seen in the UK and the soundtrack not released here, so this will be the first time many people will have heard this music. Originally composed for brass ensemble with saxophones, Wingates Band's performance is not hugely different from the original. The album is completed with the Michael Nyman Band classics, In Re Don Giovanni and Chasing sheep is best left to shepherds from The Draughtman's Contract [Peter Greenaway, 1982], where the music sounds very different from the original performances. Michael Nyman says, 'the whole sound-world was transformed. Things like repeated rhythms Read more which I originally gave to piano are punchier, edgier, more dangerous on cornets and trombones.' Wingates Band was formed in 1873 by the members of the Bible Class of Wingates Independent Methodist Church in Westhoughton, Bolton, in response to a challenge from the members of Westhoughton Old Band, which had been in existence since 1858. By the turn of the century, led by legendary 'giant' of the British brass band movement Willaim Rimmer, Wingates had been turned into one of the top bands in the country. In 1906 the Band achieved national fame by winning the 'double': the British Open and the British National Championships. The following year Wingates astounded the brass band world by completing the double again. www.wingatesband.org. Michael Nyman described it as 'a privilege' to work with Wingates. Although his music was very different from the kind that the players were used to, he said they 'picked up the style, especially the formality of the music, and it soon sounded second nature to them... I loved the spirit of the playing, the instant dedication and the energy in what is a very new sound world for me.' Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
The Ogre: Knights at school by Michael Nyman
Conductor:  Michael Nyman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Windgates Band
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1996 
Length: 7 Minutes 35 Secs. 
2.
The Ogre: Child bearer by Michael Nyman
Conductor:  Michael Nyman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Windgates Band
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1996 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
3.
The Ogre: Magic forest by Michael Nyman
Conductor:  Michael Nyman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Windgates Band
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1996 
Length: 1 Minutes 3 Secs. 
4.
The Ogre: Göering's hunting party by Michael Nyman
Conductor:  Michael Nyman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Windgates Band
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1996 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
5.
The Ogre: Abel's revolt by Michael Nyman
Conductor:  Michael Nyman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Windgates Band
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1996 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
6.
The Ogre: Meeting the moose by Michael Nyman
Conductor:  Michael Nyman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Windgates Band
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1996 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
7.
The Ogre: Into the woods by Michael Nyman
Conductor:  Michael Nyman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Windgates Band
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1996 
Length: 1 Minutes 17 Secs. 
8.
The Ogre: Abel carries Ephraim by Michael Nyman
Conductor:  Michael Nyman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Windgates Band
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1996 
Length: 5 Minutes 30 Secs. 
9.
The Libertine: Upon nothing by Michael Nyman
Conductor:  Michael Nyman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Windgates Band
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 1 Minutes 27 Secs. 
10.
The Libertine: My Lord all-pride by Michael Nyman
Conductor:  Michael Nyman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Windgates Band
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
11.
The Libertine: A satire against reason by Michael Nyman
Conductor:  Michael Nyman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Windgates Band
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
12.
The Libertine: The mistress by Michael Nyman
Conductor:  Michael Nyman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Windgates Band
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 5 Minutes 53 Secs. 
13.
The Libertine: Against constancy by Michael Nyman
Conductor:  Michael Nyman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Windgates Band
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
14.
The Libertine: Signior Dildo by Michael Nyman
Conductor:  Michael Nyman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Windgates Band
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
15.
The Libertine: A satire against mankind by Michael Nyman
Conductor:  Michael Nyman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Windgates Band
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
16.
In Re Don Giovanni by Michael Nyman
Conductor:  Michael Nyman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Windgates Band
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
17.
The Draughtsman's Contract: Chasing sheep is best left to shepherds by Michael Nyman
Conductor:  Michael Nyman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Windgates Band
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 5 Minutes 16 Secs. 

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