In 2000, composer Michael Neil was commissioned to write the incidental music for the Derby Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of “The Tempest”, to mark the 70th anniversary Cornwall’s Minack Theatre in 2002. This event, staged in the summer of that year, brought the composer to wider attention through the efforts of his manager, the former BBC radio presenter, broadcaster, photographer and freelance journalist Ashley Franklin.
The album itself was a cd-r due to budget constraints, mainly for sale during the weeklong performance of the play in August 2002, and makes up one half hour of the incidental score (actually the first half of the album) and the rest comprising of previous composed material (such as “Charis 5”, “Siren of the Sea” and the “Three Shires Suite”) Ashley Franklin thought appropriate to the cd-r release and to fill it out to a full 70+ minutes.
The beautiful and emotional outcome offers grand symphonic textures and engaging themes that will gently carry the listener away, an elevation to higher atmospheres.
Fortunately, the album has been made available again through SynthMusicDirect’s MusicZeit, where it is available as download. For best quality, choose the Flac-version at that spot.
You can see what reviews I have done of this artist on the Michael Neil artist page
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