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Piano [Import]

Michael Nyman Audio CD
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1. To The Edge Of The Earth
2. Big My Secret
3. A Wild and Distant Shore
4. The Heart Asks Pleasure First (From 'the Piano')
5. Here To There
6. The Promise
7. A Bed Of Ferns
8. The Fling
9. The Scent Of Love
10. Deep Into The Forest
11. The Mood That Passes Through You
12. Lost and Found
13. The Embrace
14. Little Impulse
15. The Sacrifice
16. I Clipped Your Wing
17. The Wounded
18. All Imperfect Things
19. Dreams Of A Journey

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Michael Nyman came of age as a classical composer in the radical London of the late '60s. His work embraces multiple vernaculars (jazz, avant garde, conceptual art) and helped cement the foundation of what came to be known as minimalism. Decades into his career, Nyman's score to Jane Campion's film The Piano made him a star. The movie's themes of colonialism and silence (its protagonist, portrayed by Holly Hunter, cannot speak) were perfectly aligned with his longtime interests in world and ambient music. Horn players assist members of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra in fleshing out Nyman's stately, hymn-like motifs. On the more heavily orchestrated cues, sentimentality wins out over minimalist restraint; the best tracks feature Nyman on solo piano, playing the rudimentary, faux period repertoire of Hunter's character. --Marc Weidenbaum

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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple Eloquence April 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
The music in The Piano wouldn't measure up to some classical music in complexity, but it is heartfelt and flowing as any I have ever heard. I really can believe that this woman is communicating through her music. In addition, I love how when the piano sits on the seashore, she plays a melody(the promise) that seems to almost capture the rythym of the waves. This was my favorite music of the film. Other parts of the soundtrack seem to suggest the cloudiness and mood of the New Zealand setting, a land full of lush and wild forests. And of course, it all embodies the mystery that is Ada.
Many composers seem to get lost in conundrums of complexity. Some works, especially etudes, tend to be full of notes but not feeling. I find it refreshing to hear this music which puts me at ease as though I were standing on a misty beach.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the greatest cd ever. Nov. 26 2003
Format:Audio CD
The music in this cd is amazing. You should buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous! April 12 2003
By Kindra
Format:Audio CD
Haunting. Dreamy. Wild. Beautiful.
Just a few words to describe the music on the soundtrack. I loved the movie, but it was the music I loved most about it and was delighted to find the cd. Truly soul-stirring melodies!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful soundtrack March 21 2003
Format:Audio CD
Writer/director Jane Campion owes a large debt of gratitude to composer Michael Nyman for his excellent contribution to her fine film. As the story of a mute woman who expresses herself through her piano, the music--particularly the piano pieces--were of vital importance, and Nyman certainly rose to the challenge. These are gorgeous tunes full of longing and melancholy that are unafraid of being sentimental.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing July 25 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is the kind of album you get lost in. So beautiful, emotional, and enchanting. A must for anyone that enjoys classical and piano.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unending Joy to Listen Too May 22 2002
Format:Audio CD
I have listened to this CD hundreds of hours and I have yet to tire of it! The Piano shares and absolutely enchanting music that interacts with the soul. If you've seen the movie and loved the piano music in it, you MUST TAKE THIS SOUNDTRACK HOME! In the film the music is cut short by the scenes...the CD offers you each song in full!
Remember the longing and loving music as the piano is played on the beach in the grey world? So Haunting! THE CD LIVES UP TO THIS and EVEN GOES BEYOND!!!
This Soundtrack compliments the soul.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderous Journey April 30 2002
By eyedea
Format:Audio CD
What can I say? This is the most incredible score ever written. The haunting melody of The Heart Ask Pleasure First is what really makes this score work. Michael Nyman's creativity in substituting Ada's voice for a piano is absoloutely wonderful. The piano music is a great way for Ada to communicate her feelings. Big My Secret is also a great track. It's mellow mood is very relaxing. The last track, Dreams of a Journey, is a perfect way to end the soundtrack. It's a very busy piece and helps with completing and finalizing the score. This is definetly a classic and should be in any music lovers collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Sept. 25 2001
Format:Audio CD
From start to finish this cd is amazingly beautiful. I highly recommend it to everyone who enjoys passionate and romantic music.
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