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Mozart 252
Ensemble Detail(s)
Michael Nyman Band
Hillary Summers, contralto; Andrew Slater, bass
Label name
MN Records

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Nyman is usually at his best feeding off the classical masters. Witness most of this new survey of pieces derived from Mozart phrases and chords. The Drowing by Numbers soundtrack is pleasurably revisited, along with that early calling card In Re Don Giovanni. Solo voices fight to get heard in songs from the TV film Letters, Riddles and Writs:blame the recording and the thick instrumentation. But that's the only blight on this engaging CD.
Geoff Brown, The Times, 5/16/2008

Michael Nyman's music has an enormously high Marmite-factor. You'll love it, or detest it - but you won't ignore it. Even if you catch an occasional glimpse of the emperor's clothes, you'll more than likely smile,, at least once, nod your head and raise a finger a couple of times on listening to Nyman's ;atest album: 'Mozart 252.'...For this is an extraoridinarily superior album, and perfectly timed to appear two years late for a significant birthday that might otherwise have slipped the memory. ...This a worthy homage, a distinctive, witty and intelligent veneration...
Mark Tanner, Richard Whitehouse, 5/1/2008

Mozart 252 is for people like me who find Nyman's In Re Don Giovanni so catchy they have to play it again straight away, since the CD includes three versions of it. Then there's the Greenaway film scoreDrowning by numbers, drawn entirely from the Sinfonia Concertante, K364, like an obsessional set of variations on a chord sequence, with one item stringing together the appoggggitura moments. Letters, Riddles and Writs puts splendidly sung vocal diets over sparky deconstructed opera and quartet extracts.
Robert Maycock, BBC Music Magazine, 8/1/2008

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