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Michael Nyman has written many fine soundtracks for Peter Greenaway films, but his music for the British director's cinematic version of Shakespeare's The Tempest (titled Prospero's Books) ranks as one of his best. A third of the program consists of elegiac vocal pieces, which feature Sarah Leonard's beautifully soaring, "boy soprano" voice (the inclusion of vocals was accidental, as Nyman textually mistook the play's locale to be island of voices instead of an "isle of noises" -- a fortuitous oversight considering the ...

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  1. Full fathom five
  2. Prospero's curse
  3. While you here do snoring lie
  4. Prospero's magic
  5. Miranda
  6. Twelve years since
  7. Come unto these yellow sands
  8. History of Sycorax
  9. Come and go
  10. Cornfield
  11. Where the bee sucks
  12. Caliban's pit
  13. Reconciliation
  14. The Masque
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Prospero's Books
2000, London

UPC: 028942522428


Prospero's Books
1991, London

UPC: 028942522442


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