«Miserere» is a soundtrack album by Winston Tong, the cult performance artist who made his name as a member of experimental group Tuxedomoon.
The score was composed in 1985 for a modern ballet staged by Belgian choreographer Pierre Droulers, based on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Miserere translates as 'have mercy', or 'have pity'. The lyrics were written by Tong, and the music a collaboration with Persian-born dancer and vocalist Sussan Deyhim.
«Miserere» employs voices alone, and no instruments at all. The effect is both eerie and seductive, and always hypnotic. Closer in tone to Tong's meditative cycle «Like The Others» (1982) than his polished pop album «Theoretically Chinese» (1985), «Miserere» is now revealed as a major work, which for many years was thought to have been lost and was remastered in 2003.
The CD booklet includes Tong's poetic texts for «Miserere», as well as images from the stage performance.
2. Orpheo Walks
3. Vicious Circle
8. Cobalt Room
9. In Turning
12. The Way To Me
13. Burdens Of Passion
"Miserere somewhat resembles the physical sound poetry of Henri Chopin. Its beats and rhythms are made up from repeated breathing exercises, grunts, laughter and other body music. This is particularly effective when the spoken text overlaps into the more abstract sounds of the other performers to create a feeling of the natural and the supernatural worlds coming together. The result is a compelling sound journey into the dark soul of the Orpheus legend".
"A holy, impressionistic incantation of seductive, hypnotic power and ethereal intent".
"Stunning and genuinely other-worldly".
(Whisperin' & Hollerin')