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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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The Piano: Original Music From

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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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By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I always think of this CD as Michael Nyman's Oscar winning original score for the Jane Campion film, and then I have to remind myself that it was not even nominated for an Academy Award. I find that so hard to believe simply because there are few movies for which the music is so integral. Ada does not have a voice, and so the piano must speak for her. "The Heart Asks Pleasure First," the memorable haunting theme eternally associated with Ada playing her boxed up piano on the beach while her daughter dances and does cartwheels in the sand, serves as the melodic cornerstone for the entire film.
This main theme is repeated again in different contexts, given a string accompaniment in "The Promise," then repeated emphasizing the strings in "Deep Into The Forest" and the piano in a lower key in "The Sacrifice," is even given a rough frontier edge in "Here to There." The subtle strangeness of "To the Edge of the Earth," which opens the film, nicely sets the mood for the coming tragedy. I also like the simple elegance of "Big My Secret" and the wild abandon of "The Fling." The songs are relatively simple, but they fit the context of both the character and the narrative, providing a sense of modesty totally appropriate to Ada. Nyman uses Scottish folk and popular songs as the basis for his music, and manages to capture the feeling of both time and place unlike today. This is one of my favorite morning background music albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect marriage of story and soundtrack Aug. 24 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the best marriages of soundtrack with film story line that I have ever seen. The first time I saw the film "The Piano," my husband and I were living in China. Every evening, the hotel would treat us to an English-language film. We were so starved for American entertainment that we watched every movie, regardless of the genre. Normally, we would not watch a "chic flic." We much preferred action/adventure, or sci-fi. However, this movie was absolutely captivating. About 3/4s of the way through it, the hotel's automatic timer switched the movie over to the 10:00 news. I was devastated! I absolutely had to find out how this all turned out! It was the very first movie I saw upon my return to the United States. From the opening notes, I was hooked. The music sweeps you into the story of Ada, a mute woman who was basically sold by her father to be the bride of a New Zealand landowner in the mid-1800s. Because she is mute, the piano speaks for her. It is her voice, it defines her as a person, and it expresses all of her passion and emotion. I cannot imagine the story or the soundtrack without the other. To me, the solo piano pieces are the best part of the soundtrack. Passionate, sensuous, and sweeping, they clearly show the character's love of playing and of the instrument. Two of the pieces never fail to bring tears to my eyes. Sometimes tender and lilting, sometimes roudy and racous, the story is played out in the music. This soundtrack has a voice all its own. I've never heard anything else like it. I can listen to it over and over and over and never get tired of it. In the words of one of the film's characters, "...(it is) like a mood that passes through you..." Purely beautiful music. You don't want to miss this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect marriage of story and soundtrack Aug. 24 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the best marriages of soundtrack with film story line that I have ever seen. The first time I saw the film "The Piano," my husband and I were living in China. Every evening, the hotel would treat us to an English-language film. We were so starved for American entertainment that we watched every movie, regardless of the genre. Normally, we would not watch a "chic flic." We much preferred action/adventure, or sci-fi. However, this movie was absolutely captivating. About 3/4s of the way through it, the hotel's automatic timer switched the movie over to the 10:00 news. I was devastated! I absolutely had to find out how this all turned out! It was the very first movie I saw upon my return to the United States. From the opening notes, I was hooked. The music sweeps you into the story of Ada, a mute woman who was basically sold by her father to be the bride of a New Zealand landowner in the mid-1800s. Because she is mute, the piano speaks for her. It is her voice, it defines her as a person, and it expresses all of her passion and emotion. I cannot imagine the story or the soundtrack without the other. To me, the solo piano pieces are the best part of the soundtrack. Passionate, sensuous, and sweeping, they clearly show the character's love of playing and of the instrument. Two of the pieces never fail to bring tears to my eyes. Sometimes tender and lilting, sometimes roudy and racous, the story is played out in the music. This soundtrack has a voice all its own. I've never heard anything else like it. I can listen to it over and over and over and never get tired of it. In the words of one of the film's characters, "...(it is) like a mood that passes through you..." Purely beautiful music. You don't want to miss this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the greatest cd ever.
The music in this cd is amazing. You should buy it.
Published on Nov. 25 2003 by Jeff Stoddard
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous!
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... Read more
Published on April 12 2003 by Kindra
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful soundtrack
Writer/director Jane Campion owes a large debt of gratitude to composer Michael Nyman for his excellent contribution to her fine film. Read more
Published on March 21 2003 by David Bonesteel
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing
This is the kind of album you get lost in. So beautiful, emotional, and enchanting. A must for anyone that enjoys classical and piano.
Published on July 24 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Unending Joy to Listen Too
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. Read more
Published on May 22 2002 by Luann Alcombrack
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderous Journey
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. Read more
Published on April 29 2002 by eyedea
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious noodling from a musical poseur
If you loved the film (I personally hated it) then you probably loved this pretentious claptrap from Michael Nyman and my comments will anger you. Read more
Published on April 8 2002 by kamus
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
From start to finish this cd is amazingly beautiful. I highly recommend it to everyone who enjoys passionate and romantic music.
Published on Sept. 24 2001 by BellaBella
5.0 out of 5 stars "Michael Nyman is a wizard..."
Michael Nyman's score for "The Piano" is just perfect. Sweet and ellegand, and truly touching. Beautiful arrangments, and great piano solos. Read more
Published on Aug. 29 2001 by Manger M. Bargin
5.0 out of 5 stars Top-notch stuff!
Michael Nyman's score for the Piano is some of the best piano music that I have ever heard...this CD is an essential for any lover of the piano...simple and full of emotion. Read more
Published on June 21 2001 by "mr_banquo"
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