1st April 2007
Nyman's return to Chester Music brings along the acquisition of his recent catalogue, which includes the film score for The Libertine (starring Johnny Depp); the chamber opera Love Counts (for the Almeida Theatre); and the percussion concerto gdm, composed for soloist Colin Currie. Nyman recently created his own recording label mn records, which features his acclaimed film scores to The Piano; The Cook, the Thief, the Wife and her Lover; and Prospero's Books, as well as numerous concert works including Six Celan Songs, In Re Don Giovanni, and the operas Man and Boy: Dada and Love Counts (released in March 2007). NM Records is distributed in the US by Naxos.
Nyman's latest orchestral premiere A Handshake in the Dark premiered on 8 March by the BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra at London's Barbican Hall. The 30-minute piece is based on Iraqi poet Jamal Juma's powerful antiwar poem "Letters to my Brother," which was written during the first Gulf War.