Michael Nyman


Upcoming Smith Quartet release to feature new Nyman piece

Jan 5th, 2011

The upcoming Smith Quartet CD on Signum, a collection of commissions and world premiere recordings all centered on the theme of ‘Dance,’ will feature a Michael Nyman piece called “Tango.”

The programme is a veritable ‘who’s-who’ of contemporary composition, also including works from Graham Fitkin, Jon Lord, Michael Finnissy and Django Bates, among many others.

Release date: 31 January, 2011

Taken from the Smith Quartet “Dance” CD booklet:

(From Never Forever)
Michael Nyman

In the Summer of 2007 at the end of an intensive and exhausting few days recording Michael’s opera Love Counts, he produced a “Tango” for string quartet written for the film Never Forever by the Korean director Gina Kim. The piece made an immediate impression on me and when the Smith Quartet was invited to tour South Korea in the Autumn of 2008 I asked Michael if we could have a copy to take along. Its associations with Korean film culture and, its raw, direct emotional expression, made it an obvious encore choice for us and not surprisingly, it was a big hit over there.—Ian Humphries


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