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Mozart 252

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In Re Don Giovanni
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Revisiting The Don
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Trysting Fields
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Not Knowing The Ropes
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Wedding Tango
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Wheelbarrow Walk
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Fish Beach
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Knowing The Ropes
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O My Dear Papa
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I Am An Unusual Thing
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Profit & Loss
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Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 50:22

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Review 10

John Schaefer

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John Schaefer is the host of WNYC’s innovative music/talk show Soundcheck, which features live performances and interviews with a variety of guests. Schaefer ha...more »

04.03.08
Michael Nyman, Mozart 252
2008 | Label: MN Records / Zebralution

If you are already a Michael Nyman fan, you can skip all this and just start downloading any tracks you don't already have (if you own the soundtrack to the Peter Greenaway film Drowning By Numbers, you won't need tracks 3-8). If you've come here following the trail of Mozart, though, read on.

These days, Nyman is best known for his film scores, including the evocative and best-selling score for the Holly Hunter film read more »

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A lush sentimental voyage

WunderFemme

If in doubt, download 'In re Don Giovanni', 'Trysting Fields' and 'Wedding Tango' first: you will not be disappointed. Really, this compilation demonstrates how masterfully Nyman narrates complex, powerful stories about the human experience through music. Simply put: It's some of the most beautiful contemporary music.

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Soul-Stirring

TangerineLemming

As a classical music newbie, I'm not going to pretend to know anything except that I loved this album. Coming from a collection steeped in alt-rock, I was shocked by how engaging, impressive and often beautiful this album is. By the time I got to track 9's powerful vocals, I was nearly out-of-breath from the frenetic strings soaring as fast and fun as they could. Perfectly supported by a moody piano, this album is so, so good.

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Moz-art a la Nyman

Nereffid

First of all, eMusic reviewer John Schaefer isn't quite right when he says you don't need the Drowning by Numbers tracks if you've already got the soundtrack album. These are new recordings and sound considerably different from what I've heard of the originals - and sound better, too, I'd say. But if you've got the [url=http://www.emusic.com/album/Michael-Nyman-Nyman-Greenaway-Revisited-MP3-Download/11011243.html]Greenaway Revisited[/url] album then there are 3 tracks you won't need. I love this music, and the 2 Don Giovanni bits preceding (another Schaefer error! Revisiting the Don is a 2006 work). Nyman utterly succeeds at both being himself and hommaging Mozart. I confess the 3 vocal pieces at the end don't entirely thrill me - I feel sometimes like the words have been hammered into place to fit the music - but they do have a likeable dramatic quality. What Wolfie would have thought of it all, I have no idea.

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MOST NOTABLY INDEED

EMUSIC-Sebastian

Thank you SoNotASonata for the great info/review. Definitely worth a listen here! Love the first 2 tracks but most notably the last and so approiately entitled Profit & Loss. Download and enjoy with a good Cab.

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SoNotASonata

From Michael Nyman's web site: "Two main bodies of Mozart-derived works are presented on Mozart 252; the soundtrack to Peter Greenaway's ‘Drowning by Numbers’ (1988), and songs and duets from ‘Letters. Riddles and Writs’, a TV film developed in 1991 with the director Jeremy Newson as part of BBC2's Not Mozart series, which marked the 200th anniversary of Mozart's death." An interesting album, worth a listen I think.