2 film music compilations

Just bought Michael Nyman – Film Music 1980 – 2001 for 21.57 EUR; well worth the wait. Mind you, the lady in the store said there wasn’t anything new on it, which is untrue of course. If you ever buy a compilation CD, or need an introduction to the work of MN, this is the CD to buy!

But yes, it is true about the spelling mistakes: it’s MICHEAL Nyman (sic) all over the place. And even though I’m a big fan of Dave McKean, I think the artwork is particularly hideous. Luckily we buy the album for its musical qualities.

The local fnac store also sold the Philip Glass compilation (Philip On Film), and I’m cursing myself for not having bought it. It was ‘only’ about 45.00 EUR (on sale), for which amount you get no less than 5 CD’s (that sell at about 20.00 EUR a piece). Next week… if they still have them.

Michael Nyman – Film Music 1980 – 2001

As of Monday, Film Music 1980-2001 will become available in the (European) stores. The US public will have to wait a bit longer, but you should be able to order it from amazon and cd-now anyhow. CD-Now list it as 29.99 USD (approx. 20.52 UKP or 33.17 EUR), while amazon UK list it for 13.99 UKP (approx 20.44 USD or 22.61 EUR).

Didn’t take me too long to make a choice -or I might hold off until they have it at the local fnac (21.19 EUR) ?

concert: Graham Fitkin Group

22 November 01 19.30 @ The Warehouse, 13 Theed Street, London SE1 (near Waterloo station) Tickets ¬¨¬£8, Concessions ¬¨¬£5 This concert is part of BMIC’s Cutting Edge series. advance reservations e-mail info@bmic.co.uk

Programme includes –



Gavin Bryars’ SUB ROSA

Simon Haram concert

Saxophonist Simon Haram is performing a concert with the Duke Quartet and Friends at the Barbican Hall on Friday, 18 January 2002 at 10.30 pm, as part of a season of concerts of the music of John Adams. The concert will feature works by Adams and Glass, as well as Michael Nyman’s ‘The Piano Sings’. Box office +44 20 7638 8891. http://www.barbican.org.uk/

It seems likely that the concert will also be broadcast by BBC Radio 3.
(Kudos to Andrew F. Wilson)

Forthcoming Michael Nyman album – FILM MUSIC 1980 – 2001

New tracks, taken from the forthcoming album MICHAEL NYMAN – ‘FILM MUSIC 1980 – 2001’, have been added to the Michael Nyman website. The release date for the new album in the UK -and for most European places- is 29th October 2001 –USA/Canada Feb 2002 (TBC).

Tracks are:

Homage to Maurice

In 1984 Maurice Hatton invited me to write the music for ‘Nelly’s Version’. He had already added a temp track to the film – Bernard Herrmann’s score for ‘Psycho’ – which explains the character of this track. This new version is dedicated to the memory of Maurice.


Orchestral music for the lead male character was used alongside Algerian dance music for his childhood memories.

Fly Drive

English 1920’s and 30’s country style without resorting to pastiche or known musical models.

Sarah Dies

Adding a few measures of sex and sensuality to Neil Jordan’s ‘The End of the Affair’.

steve martland @ blackboxmusic

yes! yes! yes! i’ve appreciated steve martland ever since i saw him perform as an opening act to michael nyman in london a few years ago. re-mix was one of the funniest ‘classical’ performances i’ve ever seen. his music is very eclectic and experimental (in a good sense !), strong, and also humorous at times

alas! it’s not that easy to come by an steve martland album: the bmg 2 disc set of babi yar and crossing the border seemed to be the only one currently available. but all that has changed with the blackbox release of ‘horses of instruction’, featuring fairly recent work from the nineties (with the exception of principia and re-mix). re-mix appears to be in a slightly up-beat tempo from what’s on the bmg discs, giving it just the energetic ‘schwung’ i remember it had when i saw steve martland conducting it in london

go get it @ the blackboxmusic site

shipley – specialist art booksellers

i am really rediscovering my sources. only recently somebody asked me about a (very) hard to find greenaway catalogue. where else could i direct them than to “shipley – specialist art booksellers”. if you’ve never heard of shipley do go and visit their site -if you’re looking for a hard to find art(ist) book, don’t hesitate. ian shipley has helped me quite a bit in the past, when i was trying to find all those greenaway editions i thought were impossible to get by.


btw -if you’ve seen 84 charing cross road (with anne bancroft and anthony hopkins), you’d be delighted to learn that shipley is located just there (in the same street, albeit in nr 70), and that the (atmosphere in the) store is just similar to the one in the movie