Michael Mantler - Many Have No Speech | ECM 8355802

Michael Mantler - Many Have No Speech

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Label: ECM

Cat No: 8355802

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 7th January 2022

Contents

Artists

Jack Bruce (voice)
Marianne Faithfull (voice)
Robert Wyatt (voice)
Michael Mantler (trumpet)
Rick Fenn (guitar)
The Danish Concert Radio Orchestra

Conductor

Peder Kragerup

Artists

Jack Bruce (voice)
Marianne Faithfull (voice)
Robert Wyatt (voice)
Michael Mantler (trumpet)
Rick Fenn (guitar)
The Danish Concert Radio Orchestra

Conductor

Peder Kragerup

About

Reissue of Michael Mantler's 1988 WATT/ECM album featuring Jack Bruce, Marianne Faithfull and Robert Wyatt on vocals.

The Austro-American trumpeter Michael Mantler has been concerned with the reciprocal relationships between music and literary texts for years. He's set texts by Samuel Beckett (No Answer), Edward Gorey (The Hapless Child) and Harold Pinter (Silence) to music. In all of those recordings, Mantler used more traditional, smaller ensembles.

On 'Many Have No Speech', he uses an orchestra for the first time. Here he set texts by Samuel Beckett, Philippe Soupault, and Ernst Meister to music. The work on this production took a year and a half: the recordings took place in London, New York, Boston and Copenhagen. This was due in no small part to Mantler's choice of singers; in addition to Jack Bruce and Robert Wyatt (with whom Mantler had worked on previous albums), Many Have No Speech also features Marianne Faithfull - another of those "broken voices" that Mantler holds in such high regard.

Rarely does the translation from text to music succeed in what Michael Mantler accomplishes on this production: he finds a perfect unity of text and music, treating them as equals, not as one medium in the service of the other. In the music, the improvisational elements are reduced to a minimum in order to preserve the greatest possible coherence. The music reflects the tenor of the texts: extreme concentration and precision in the (musical) language, a brittleness that goes as far as abstraction, leaving enough room for the listener's own interpretation.

Tracks:
1. Intro
2. Just as Someone
3. Ce qu'a de pis
4. Alles scheint Rand
5. Imagine
6. In the End
7. Vieil Aller
8. Rien nul
9. Tant de temps
10. En face
11. Chaque jour
12. PSS
13. En cadence
14. Something There
15. Comrade
16. Den Atem ausgetauscht
17. A l'abattoir
18. And What
19. D'ou la voix
20. Fous qui disiez
21. Merk, jetzt
22. Son ombre
23. Reve
24. Life Connects
25. Prisonniers
26. Silence
27. Viele haben keine Sprache

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