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'No Time in Eternity'

Magazine article Gramophone

'No Time in Eternity'

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'No Time in Eternity'

Anonymous In Paradise Bennet Eliza, her name gives honour Byrd Ye sacred Muses, race of Jove Farrant 0 Jove, from stately throne Nyman Come and Go. Come unto these yellow sands. Full fathom five. No time in eternity. Self-Laudatory Hymn of Inanna. Where the bee sucks. While you here do snoring lie Patrick Prepare to die. Send forth thy sighs Picforth In nomine Tye In nomine, 'Crye'. Sit Fast Ensemble Celadon / Paulin Biindgen counterten

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Michael Nyman's soundtrack to Prospero's Books--director Peter Greenaway's 1991 postmodern homage to Shakespeare's The Tempest--remains one of his most powerful scores. So powerful, in fact, that Greenaway just didn't know what to do with it. Ever resourceful, Nyman found other uses, including a vibrant, colourful saxophone concerto (subtitled Where the Bee Dances) and the five Ariel songs, performed here in a new arrangement by the brilliant countertenor Paulin Biindgen and equally impressive viol consort Ensemble Celadon.

That Nyman's setting of Shakespeare's words should find its most natural home in the sound world of the early 17 th century seems almost too obvious to mention. The result is a striking synthesis of old and new, as heard in 'Full fathom five'. Here, deep, resonant viols provide an ideal backdrop for Biindgen's floating lines. Elsewhere, in 'Where the bee sucks' (Nyman's starting point for the aforementioned saxophone concerto), a busy treble line scurries above and around a calming melody in the voice. …

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