Various Artists - The Glare

The Glare

Various Artists

Available Formats No. of Tracks   Price Buy
CD Album 12 tracks 9.99
Download Album (flac) 12 tracks 7.99
Download Album (mp3) 12 tracks 7.99
Download individual tracks   From £0.99

Description

Various Artists - The Glare

Michael Nyman and David McAlmont first met at the Freud Museum in London in the summer of 2000. They had both been invited to the launch of Nose Book: Representations of the Nose in Literature and the Arts by the author Victoria De Rijke. David had been a student of Victoria’s at Middlesex Polytechnic and the score of Michael's Nose-List Song(1985) was included in the book.


Michael and David talked and discovered that they were signed to the same record label, Virgin, at the time. Years before, David had become 'utterly entranced' by Nyman's soundtrack to Peter Greenaway’s film The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover and soon after he acquired the box set of Nyman's soundtracks became a huge fan.

In the years following the Nose/ Freud meeting it was often mentioned on the grapevine that Michael might be interested in working with David but this was all hearsay until 2007 when David, in a state of creative frustration, decided to join Facebook. Nyman contacted him within a week. They recollected their first encounter and quickly began plotting a collaboration.

Michael mentioned that he was totally unable to write his own song texts and David realised that he had become bored with 'the navel-gazing futility of writing love songs about his own feelings' and at 40 wanted to create something more worthwhile with his lyric writing

At this point Géricault’s painting The Raft of the Medusa emerged as a subject of interest to both musicians as David indicated that he had become fascinated with the life of the 19th century French painter - especially his determination to create documentary canvases based on contemporary life: battle-field injury, asylum inmates and shipwreck memoirs.

But this project was soon replaced by the current project where David wrote new songs based on contemporary news stories over pre-existing Nyman compositions. McAlmont's subject matter explores pertinent subjects as varied as 21st century piracy (Going to America), trafficked prostitution in Europe (City of Turin), sexually-charged world leaders (In Rai Don Giovanni), assisted suicide (Friendly Fire), reality television (The Glare), African orphan migration (Fever Sticks and Bones), banking errors (Take the Money and Run)and drug mules (In Laos).

David felt strongly that the songs were most effective if written from the first person point of view of the individual characters discovered in the researched reports to create an emotional engagement with the subjects that is lost by the time their stories emerge in the glare of the 24 hour news media. This process of course caused initial concern for McAlmont because he was taking already brilliant compositions, adding to and adjusting them. But fortunately, Michael Nyman was delighted with the result.

Reviews

"Genuinely Remarkable” The Word

“once heard, you’ll want never want to live without it” Simon Price, Independent on Sunday

“one of the most characterful albums of 2009” theartsdesk.com

“an inspired pairing” Q Magazine

“an audacious success” The Guardian

“sumptuous, memorable melodies” Hi-Fi Choice

“well-crafted, heartstring-tugging, quietly-beautiful little gems” Out in the City

“cannot be faulted for ambition or execution” Times Playlist

“Nyman’s orchestrations and McAlmont’s voice both push the lustrous end of their prodigious gifts without affecting the pursuit of technical excellence” MOJO

“the chemistry clicks instantly on this bejewelled union..” UNCUT Magazine

“an inspired pairing” Q Magazine

Tracklisting

CD Album (MNRCD116)
  1. Michael Nyman, Michael Nyman Band with David McAlmont - Take the Money and Run
  2. Michael Nyman, Michael Nyman Band with David McAlmont - Secrets, Accusations and Charges
  3. Michael Nyman, Michael Nyman Band with David McAlmont - City of Turin
  4. Michael Nyman, Michael Nyman Band with David McAlmont - Friendly Fire
  5. Michael Nyman, Michael Nyman Band with David McAlmont - In Rai Don Giovanni
  6. Michael Nyman, Michael Nyman Band with David McAlmont - In Laos
  7. Michael Nyman, Michael Nyman Band with David McAlmont - Going to America
  8. Michael Nyman, Michael Nyman Band with David McAlmont - Fever Stick and Bones
  9. Michael Nyman, Michael Nyman Band with David McAlmont - A Great In Kathmandu
  10. Michael Nyman, Michael Nyman Band with David McAlmont - Underneath the Hessian Bags
  11. Michael Nyman, Michael Nyman Band with David McAlmont - The Glare
  12. Nyman Sax Quartet - Songs for Tony
Download Album (MNRCD116)
  1. Michael Nyman, Michael Nyman Band with David McAlmont - Take the Money and Run
  2. Michael Nyman, Michael Nyman Band with David McAlmont - Secrets, Accusations and Charges
  3. Michael Nyman, Michael Nyman Band with David McAlmont - City of Turin
  4. Michael Nyman, Michael Nyman Band with David McAlmont - Friendly Fire
  5. Michael Nyman, Michael Nyman Band with David McAlmont - In Rai Don Giovanni
  6. Michael Nyman, Michael Nyman Band with David McAlmont - In Laos
  7. Michael Nyman, Michael Nyman Band with David McAlmont - Going to America
  8. Michael Nyman, Michael Nyman Band with David McAlmont - Fever Stick and Bones
  9. Michael Nyman, Michael Nyman Band with David McAlmont - A Great In Kathmandu
  10. Michael Nyman, Michael Nyman Band with David McAlmont - Underneath the Hessian Bags
  11. Michael Nyman, Michael Nyman Band with David McAlmont - The Glare
  12. Nyman Sax Quartet - Songs for Tony

mp3 downloads

Downloads

Track Number Track NameTrack Length Price Buy
1 Take the Money and Run £0.99
2 Secrets, Accusations and Charges £0.99
3 City of Turin £0.99
4 Friendly Fire £0.99
5 In Rai Don Giovanni £0.99
6 In Laos £0.99
7 Going to America £0.99
8 Fever Stick and Bones £0.99
9 A Great In Kathmandu £0.99
10 Underneath the Hessian Bags £0.99
11 The Glare £0.99
12 Songs for Tony £0.99
Entire MP3 Download Album (12 tracks) £7.99
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flac downloads

Downloads

Track Number Track NameTrack Length Price Buy
1 Take the Money and Run £0.99
2 Secrets, Accusations and Charges £0.99
3 City of Turin £0.99
4 Friendly Fire £0.99
5 In Rai Don Giovanni £0.99
6 In Laos £0.99
7 Going to America £0.99
8 Fever Stick and Bones £0.99
9 A Great In Kathmandu £0.99
10 Underneath the Hessian Bags £0.99
11 The Glare £0.99
12 Songs for Tony £0.99
Entire FLAC Download Album (12 tracks) £7.99
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