Death Speaksby David Lang Performer:
Bryce Dessner (Voice),
Owen Pallett (),
Shara Worden (Voice),
Nico Muhly (Keyboards)
Death Speaks: No. 1. You will return
Death Speaks: No. 2. I hear you
Death Speaks: No. 3. Mist is rising
Death Speaks: No. 4. Pain changes
Death Speaks: No. 5. I am walking
Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
Another beautiful Lang albumJuly 13, 2013By Alan F. See All My Reviews"David Langs Death Speaks is another beautiful work that is both intimate and epic. Lang takes text from Franz Schuberts art songs, specifically anytime Death is speaking to the living. The music - a quartet made up of vocalist Shara Worden, guitarist Bryce Dessner, pianist (and fellow composer) Nico Muhly, and violinist Owen Pallett - is very clearly Langs voice, yet much of it new even for him. Although each individual movement in Langs work contains text from multiple art songs, he still manages to utilize his own version of text painting to create a story. The final track, Depart, is a beautiful meditation; also on the subject of death, it was commissioned for a French hospital morgue. Listen with headphones at the very least, with a full surround stereo at best, as the last piece especially utilizes spatial location of the cello and voices."Report Abuse
A wonderful new album!May 29, 2013By Daniel Kozlowski See All My Reviews"It seems David Lang has begun a new, introspective phase of his life. Beginning with 2007s The Little Match Girl Passion, Lang has been exploring the fragile and transient aspects of life. This years release, Death Speaks, is an obvious continuation of that stream. Soprano Shara Wardens tremendous voice complements the goals of this album magnificently. On the first track, You Will Return, her fragile tone is suspended amid the music-box plucking of accompanying musicians Owen Pallett, Nico Muhly, and Bryce Dessner. The second track, I Hear You, is more aggressive in nature, while the rest of the album continues a low hum of reflection. The final track, Depart, is not part of the song cycle and features Maya Beysers multi-tracked cello with four wordless voices; its a captivating 18-minute meditation on the afterlife. To put it plainly, this album is incredible. I havent been able to put it down since I got it, and neither will you. The quality of the recording is top-notch, and Im not sure the playing could be any better. I will say that if youre considering buying this as your first David Lang album, I may point you elsewhere: Little Match Girl Passion, This Was Written By Hand, or So Percussions self-titled album are probably more mainstream Lang. Regardless, this is a wonderful album that isnt just a good listen, its a point of reflection."Report Abuse
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