The Composer's Cut Series Vol. I: The Draughtsman's Contract

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The Composer's Cut Series Vol. I
The Draughtsman's Contract
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photo by Eli Lissitsky, 1924
additional photography by Michael Nyman
design by Russell Mills and Michael Webster
Studio album based on The Draughtsman's Contract by Michael Nyman
Released April 17, 2006 (UK)
July 29, 2008 (United States)
Recorded April 2005
Genre Contemporary classical music, minimalism, film score
Length 45:54
Label MN Records
Producer Michael Nyman
Michael Nyman chronology
The Libertine
(2005)The Libertine2005
The Composer's Cut Series Vol. I: The Draughtsman's Contract
(2006)
The Composer's Cut Series Vol. II: Nyman/Greenaway Revisited
(2006)The Composer's Cut Series Vol. II: Nyman/Greenaway Revisited2006
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Music from the Movies3/4 stars[1]

The Composer's Cut Series Vol. I: The Draughtsman's Contract is the 51st album by Michael Nyman, recorded in 2005 with the Michael Nyman Band and released in 2006. It is the first in an unprecedented series in which Nyman began rerecording some of his film music independently of the needs of film production, and the culmination and refinement of 23 years of performances of the work since the recording of the original 1982 recording of The Draughtsman's Contract.

Nyman lamented that he had failed to have a sticker placed on the album noting that it contained all-new recordings, resulting in slow sales.

Track listing[edit]

The tracks are in a different order than they are on the soundtrack album.

  1. Chasing sheep is best left to shepherds
  2. The garden is becoming a robe room
  3. An eye for optical theory
  4. A watery death
  5. The disposition of the linen
  6. Queen of the night
  7. Bravura in the face of grief

Personnel[edit]

The Michael Nyman Band:

Note that of these players, only Nyman and Findon played on the original soundtrack recording.

  • produced by Michael Nyman
  • engineered and mixed by Austin Ince

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