Nyman - War Work: 8 Songs With Film | MN Records MNRCD138

Nyman - War Work: 8 Songs With Film

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Label: MN Records

Cat No: MNRCD138

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 11th December 2015

Contents

Artists

Michael Nyman Band
Hiilary Summers

Conductor

Michael Nyman

Works

Nyman, Michael

War Work: 8 Songs with Film

Artists

Michael Nyman Band
Hiilary Summers

Conductor

Michael Nyman

About

Innovative composer, photographer and film-maker Michael Nyman presents one of his most fascinating, important and compelling works of recent years, the poignant and moving 'War Work: Eight Songs with Film', featuring the Michael Nyman Band with long-term Nyman collaborator, Welsh contralto Hilary Summers and Nyman directing from the keyboard.

Taking poetry from the First World War as his inspiration, Nyman has crafted an eloquent song cycle, presented in two groups of four songs, each preceded by several instrumental movements.  The texts were all written by poets who – with the exception of the English artist-poet, David Bomberg – sadly lost their lives during the First World War.

Eight Songs form a song cycle and are influenced by a series by French poet Gaston de Ruyter titled Chansons Vieilles Sue D’Autres Airs; Old Songs To Other Tunes. They include lyrics from First World War poets including David Bomberg, Isaac Rosenberg and Alfred Lichtenstein.

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