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Prospero's Books - Music From The Film

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Download links and information about Prospero's Books - Music From The Film by Ute Lemper, Michael Nyman, Sarah Leonard, Deborah Conway, Marie Angel, Michael Nyman Band. This album was released in 1991 and it belongs to Theatre/Soundtrack genres. It contains 14 tracks with total duration of 54:51 minutes.

Artist: Ute Lemper, Michael Nyman, Sarah Leonard, Deborah Conway, Marie Angel, Michael Nyman Band
Release date: 1991
Genre: Theatre/Soundtrack
Tracks: 14
Duration: 54:51
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No. Title Length
1. Prospero's Books (music from the film by Peter Greenaway): Full fathom five 2:00
2. Prospero's Books (music from the film by Peter Greenaway): Prospero's Curse 2:37
3. Prospero's Books (music from the film by Peter Greenaway): While you here do snoring lie 1:06
4. Prospero's Books (music from the film by Peter Greenaway): Prospero's magic 5:10
5. Prospero's Books (music from the film by Peter Greenaway): Miranda 3:54
6. Prospero's Books (music from the film by Peter Greenaway): Twelve years since 2:44
7. Prospero's Books (music from the film by Peter Greenaway): Come unto these yellow sands 3:43
8. Prospero's Books (music from the film by Peter Greenaway): History of Sycorax 3:24
9. Prospero's Books (music from the film by Peter Greenaway): Come and Go 1:17
10. Prospero's Books (music from the film by Peter Greenaway): Cornfield 6:26
11. Prospero's Books (music from the film by Peter Greenaway): Where the bee sucks 4:49
12. Prospero's Books (music from the film by Peter Greenaway): Caliban's pit 2:56
13. Prospero's Books (music from the film by Peter Greenaway): Reconciliation 2:32
14. The Masque 12:13

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Michael Nyman has written many fine soundtracks for Peter Greenaway films, but his music for the British director's cinematic version of Shakespeare's The Tempest (titled Prospero's Books) ranks as one of his best. A third of the program consists of elegiac vocal pieces, which feature Sarah Leonard's beautifully soaring, "boy soprano" voice (the inclusion of vocals was accidental, as Nyman textually mistook the play's locale to be island of voices instead of an "isle of noises" — a fortuitous oversight considering the charm of these pieces). The remainder of the program consists of instrumentals, equally divided between sweeping string numbers and jauntily robotic, horn-driven pieces. Nyman enlists the talents of the Balanescu Quartet (who have also recorded Nyman's first three string quartets) and tenor saxophonist John Harle to form the core of his excellent 22-piece band. The group admirably deliver Nyman's neo-romantic, minimalist score with the necessary mix of passion and restraint. Highlights include the instrumentals "Caliban's Pit" and "Cornfield" and the magisterial vocal piece "Where the Bee Sucks." The CD also includes a non-soundtrack vocal number titled "The Masque," which features Leonard and Ute Lemper among other vocalists. An excellent recording of some of Nyman's best work.