Michael Nyman


The Times Playlist -- 3 stars -- "Can't be faulted for ambition or execution"

Oct 24th, 2009

A set of songs inspired by real events, from Joanna Lumley campaigning for the Ghurkhas (A Great in Kathmandu) to the philandering of Silvio Berlusconi (In Rai Don Giovanni), the union between the baroque pop singer and the minimalist composer is an unusual, intelligent and sometimes wryly funny one.

The combination of McAlmont’s grandstanding falsetto and Nyman’s ranks of strings, brass and piano can also be cloying – Mika with a masters degree – but this run pair cannot be faulted for ambition or execution

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