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Michael Nyman - S/T

Michael Nyman - S/T

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1. Bird Anthem
2. In Re Don Giovanni
3. Initial Treat/Secondary Treat
4. Waltz
5. Bird List Song
6. M-Work

Label: MN Records

Cat No: MNRCD123

The first Michael Nyman Band album originally released in 1981 which includes the premier recording of 'In Re Don Giovanni' this beautifully packaged CD re-issue includes two limited edition posters of the original UK and Japanese LP artwork. Critically acclaimed as Nyman's trailblazing record that combined minimalist, experimentalist music and jazz improvisation for the first time, this album had only ever been available on the rarest of long-since deleted vinyl. Most of the music on Michael Nyman was material from the early films by Peter Greenaway such as "Bird Anthem" (Act Of God) and "Bird List Song" (The Falls). The album also includes his first concert work for the band, "In Re Don Giovanni" which was released as a single on Les Disques du Crepuscule (home of Cabaret Voltaire, Durutti Column and Josef K amongst others) under the title Mozart. The most ground-breaking track on Michael Nyman, however, is Waltz in F, a piece Nyman wrote for art students whilst teaching at Trent Polytechnic in 1977. Nyman subsequently commandeered two modern jazz improvisers, Evan Parker and Peter Brotzman, to "destroy" this piece. Ultimately, Parker and Brotzman ended up playing over and around ten separate tracks whilst Nyman and producer David Cunningham mixed in their Waltz.

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