The Composer's Cut Series Vol. III: The Piano

The Composer's Cut Series Vol. III: The Piano is the third in a series of albums, all released on the same day, by Michael Nyman to feature concert versions of film scores, in this case, Jane Campion's The Piano, and his 53rd release overall. The collection is more streamlined and has fewer tracks than the soundtrack album, starting and ending with the popular "The Heart Asks Pleasure First."

The Composer's Cut Series Vol. III:
The Piano
photograph by Michael Nyman
design by Russell Mills and Michael Webster
Studio album adapted from The Piano by
ReleasedApril 17, 2006 (UK)
May 27, 2008 (United States)
RecordedApril 2005, Abbey Road Studios
February 2005, Whitfield Studios (tracks 1 & 6)
August 2005, Whitfield Studios (tracks 7 &10)
GenreContemporary classical music, Minimalist music, Film score
LabelMN Records
DirectorMichael Nyman
ProducerMichael Nyman
Declan Colgan (tracks 1 & 6)
Michael Nyman chronology
The Composer's Cut Series Vol. II: Nyman/Greenaway Revisited
The Composer's Cut Series Vol. III:
The Piano

Six Celan Songs • The Ballad of Kastriot Rexhepi

Track listing

  1. The heart asks pleasure first
  2. The heart asks pleasure second to love
  3. To the edge of the earth
  4. A wild and distant shore
  5. The promise
  6. Here to there
  7. Big my secret
  8. Silver-fingered fling
  9. Lost and found
  10. The embrace
  11. The mood that passes through you
  12. All imperfect things
  13. The wounded
  14. Dreams of a journey
  15. The heart asks pleasure first/The promise


The Michael Nyman Band


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