Wonderland (soundtrack)

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Soundtrack album by Michael Nyman
Released 30 August 1999 (UK)
6 September 1999 (US)
Recorded 15–17 March 1999
Studio Whitfield Street Studios, London
Genre Soundtrack, Contemporary classical, minimalist music
Length 41:43
Label Virgin Venture
Producer Michael Nyman
Michael Nyman chronology
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Wonderland is the 38th album release by British composer Michael Nyman and the soundtrack to the 1999 film Wonderland. It is the first of many collaborations of Nyman with director Michael Winterbottom. For Winterbottom, Nyman would later perform excerpts of this score in 9 Songs, provide a score for The Claim, and arrangements and re-used tracks for A Cock and Bull Story. Nyman's daughter, Molly, has continued the family working relationship with Winterbottom, scoring The Road to Guantanamo with Harry Escott.

Nyman has said that the soundtrack to Wonderland is his favourite film score.[1] The New York Times compared the score to that of Stewart Copeland for Rumble Fish and said that "the rhythms are like a clock ticking"[2] and that it is "alternately plaintive and mournful".[3] The Guardian characterized it as "sumptuous, romantic".[4] Senses of Cinema said the music was "heart-wrenching, full of tragic qualities, yet also extremely light".[5]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Movie Music UK4/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

  1. molly
  2. eddie
  3. nadia
  4. dan
  5. debbie
  6. bill
  7. eileen
  8. jack
  9. darren
  10. unnamed
  11. franklyn


Michael Nyman Band


  1. ^ BBC Radio 4 Film Programme, 5 December 2008
  2. ^ Mitchell, Elvis (28 July 2000). "Wonderland (1999) Film Review; Three Sisters in London, With Lives Worth Mourning". New York Times. Retrieved 9 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Fuller, Graham (23 July 2000). "A New Generation Of Realists Scrap The Kitchen Sink". New York Times. Retrieved 9 February 2011. 
  4. ^ Jeffries, Stuart (18 January 2000). "The walking wounded of Wonderland". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 February 2011. 
  5. ^ Mousoulis, Bill (July 2000). "The Unbearable Lightness of Being: Wonderland". Sense of Cinema. Retrieved 14 February 2011.