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Michael Nyman: Acts of Beauty; Exit no Exit - Andrew Sparling (clarinet); Cristina Zavalloni (soprano); Michael Nyman Quartet; Sentieri Selvaggi (chamber ensemble);...
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  1. Acts of Beauty, song cycle for voice & chamber ensemble
  2. Exit no Exit, for bass clarinet & string quartet
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Michael Nyman wrote his song cycle Acts of Beauty for Italian singer Cristina Zavalloni. Zavalloni, whose background is in jazz, but who branched into new music and early music, has an extraordinary instrument: powerfully primal, smoky, and supple. The texts, from sources ancient and modern, have at least some tenuous connection with the idea of beauty, but little else in common. Nyman, who frequently shows a real gift for lyrical vocal writing, is off his game here; the blocky text-setting doesn't give Zavalloni much ...

Michael Nyman: Acts of Beauty; Exit no Exit 2006, MN Records

UPC: 844248000206