Even for a man often credited with being the first to talk of minimalism in music, more than 40 years ago, a Proms debut couldn’t help but be a high-pressure enterprise. That Michael Nyman is the best-known British minimalist composer only intensified the sense of expectation – he had, after all, had to wait a long time for his own Prom. Nevertheless,But in the late-night slot on Tuesday, Britain’s best-known minimalist composer and his band seemed anything but nervous.
Proms 53 & 54 - OAE/Norrington; Michael Nyman Band
Royal Albert Hall, London
Michael Nyman’s band, superb musicians, were beautiful in their own way, but his art is a limited one for the Proms
This year Michael Nyman finally sees his work performed at the Proms. He tells Time Out about his journey to the mainstream and back again
Michael Nyman è assurto relativamente tardi alla fama, a quasi quarant’ anni, grazie alle colonne sonore dei primi film di Peter Greenaway: I misteri di Compton House (1982), Lo zoo di Venere (1985), Il ventre dell’ architetto (1987), Giochi nell’ acqua (1988), I morti della Senna (1988), Il cuoco, il ladro, sua moglie e l’ amante (1989) e L’ ultima tempesta (1991). Ma il suo maggior successo cinematografico e discografico è stata la musica per il film da tre Oscar di Jane Champion Lezione di piano (1993), le cui note sembrarono quasi donare la parola alla muta protagonista. A parte…