- The Suit and the Photograph
Name = The Suit and the Photograph
Type = studio
Cover size = 200
August Sander, "Bauernkapelle, Westerwald, c. 1913"
(c) Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln; DACS, London, 1998
May 4, 1998 ( UK) June 2, 1998 ( USA)
Recorded = November 17-20, 1995 (
Galaxy Recording Studio, Mol, Belgium)
Contemporary classical music, chamber music, minimalist music
Length = 56:21
Producer = Michael Nyman &
Michael J. Dutton
Last album =
This album =
The Suit and the Photograph
Next album =
Strong on Oaks, Strong on the Causes of Oaks
"The Suit and the Photograph" is a 1998 album by
Michael Nymanwith the Michael Nyman Band, recorded in 1995. On this album, Nyman is the composer, conductor, and producer, and wrote the liner notes. The album contains two works, "String Quartet No. 4" and "3 Quartets". The album is named for its cover photograph by August Sander, which Nyman had associated with the Michael Nyman Band since its inception in 1977. He cites a description of the photograph by John Bergerdescribing that the suits deform the working class ruralmen just enough to "undermine physical dignity." Ironically, both of the pieces on the album originated in Japan. It is Nyman second release on EMI and his 33rd in general, but is not designated part of a series, as EMI had done with Concertos. Said Nyman of EMI, "I didn't excite them, and they didn't excite me." [Michael Church. "Michael Nyman: Piano, solo" " The Independent". Thursday, 28 September 2006. [http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/michael-nyman-piano-solo-417877.html] ] Nyman's only further releases on EMI would be the UK edition of " Ravenous", featuring remixes by William Orbit, and " The Actors", both film scores.
tring Quartet No. 4
The "String Quartet No. 4" is based on "Yamamoto Perpetuo", a solo violin work, and the basis of "
Strong on Oaks, Strong on the Causes of Oaks". The piece was written in 1994-5 for Camilli Quartet(headed by former Michael Nyman Band member Elisabeth Perry), who first performed it on April 21, 1995, and ultimately dedicated to the memory of Alan Bush, Nyman's composition teacher at the Royal Academy of Musicafter his passing on October 31of that year. The main theme of the sixth movement became the basis for "Virgin on the Roof" in Nyman's score for "Carrington", which in turn was based on the String Quartet No. 3 with which Christopher Hamptonhad created a temp track.
Pwyll ap Siôn notes that the
violaand second violin follow a different meter from that of the first violin. Essentially, "Yamamoto Perpetuo" was the basis only of the first violin's part in the Quartet, while the newly-composed material goes in completely new directions, even to not matching meter. [Pwyll ap Siôn. "The Music of Michael Nyman: Text, Context and Intertext". Aldershot, Hants: Ashgate Publishing, 2007. pp 177-178]
"3 Quartets" was commissioned by the
Arion-Edo Foundationof Japan. John Harleand Elisabeth Perry joined a group of Japanese musicians at the Globe Theatre, Tokyofor its first performance July 15, 1994, conducted by Michael Nyman.
It is a multi-section, multi-tempoed single-movement work for a string quartet, saxophone quartet, and brass quartet. This piece also worked its way into the "Carrington" film score--the opening
fanfarebecame a leitmotif for Mark Gertler. The heart of the work is a soprano saxophone chorale, and the work closes with a brass chorale by a brass chorale.
On the album, the Camilli Quartet joins the
Michael Nyman Bandfor performance of the piece.
#3 Quartets 14:24
Elisabeth Perry, violin
Rachel Browne, violin
Prunella Pacey, viola
Melissa Phelps, cello Michael Nyman Band
*Elisabeth Perry, violin
*Rachel Browne, violin
*Prunella Pacey, viola
*Melissa Phelps, cello
John Harle, soprano saxophone
David Roach, soprano and alto saxophones
Simon Haram, tenor saxophone
Andrew Findon, baritone saxophone
*Producers: Michael Nyman &
Michael J. Dutton
*Balance engineer: Michael J. Dutton
August Sander, "Bauernkapelle, Westerwald, c. 1913" (c) Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln; DACS, London, 1998
Chester Music Ltd/Michael Nyman Ltd
*Michael Nyman management by
*Special thanks to Michael J. Dutton, Nigel Barr, Liz Perry,
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