Great early Nyman,
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Michael Nyman (1981,Remastered) (Audio CD)
This album was released in 1981, a year before Nyman made his breakthrough with The Draughtsman's Contract. If you're used to the music from The Piano or The Claim, this may sound slightly jarring to you. However, if you're a fan of Nyman's rhythmic music, such as that on A Zed And Two Noughts, After Extra Time or Prospero's Books, then you're in for a treat here.
"Bird List Song" and "In Re Don Giovanni" appeared on Michael Nyman live, but suddenly here are the originals. There is a little dissonance on "Waltz", an attempt to deconstruct one of his own pieces (but only a little...the piece is quite charming).
The highlight here though is "M-Work" ("Masterwork"). This is a condensation of music from a 2-hour piece into 21 minutes. It runs through various moods, with different themes appearing and disappearing. You'll even hear some electric guitar and keyboard work on it. The last 2 minutes would be a great ending to a concert or would even work with a rock band playing it.
One thing - you might look puzzled when you open the plastic and think you've been sent a damaged or worn copy. You haven't. The packaging is clearly meant to look old and battered (and I think the fold in the corner of the booklet is a part of that!).
A lost gem rediscovered!