Album: Nyman, Eight Lust Songs – Marie Angel et al, (MNR)
Sunday 08 February 2009
It's not often that you see a parental advisory sticker on a classical CD, but unless your children are fluent in Renaissance Italian, Michael Nyman's 2007 settings of Pietro Aretino's sonnets are unlikely to corrupt.
In translation, 'Eight Lust Songs' is an orgy of four-letter imperatives, sung by two lovers. Marie Angel's singing is excellent: gamine, persuasive and pliant. And until Nyman's trademark chugging saxophone intrudes, the instrumentation is surprisingly lyrical and tender.
Pick of the album: Angel's candid and exultant 'Questo cazzo voglio io'
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