An oddity even within the eclectic Charhizma catalog, Miira Ni Naru Made (the English translation of the album title is "My Dear Mummy," though that won't help you because the spoken text is in German) is an hourlong dramatic monologue accompanied by partly composed, partly improvised music under the direction of "invisible conductor" Otomo Yoshihide. Based on a short story of the same name by Shimada Masahiko (itself based on a true story of a man who wrote a diary describing his own suicide by self-starvation), the work was first presented in 1994. This version, with the text translated into German and read by Fritz Ostermayer, was recorded at the Mottomo Otomo festival in Wels, Austria, five years later, and features an all-star cast of Japanese/European onkyo/lowercase improvisers, including Werner Dafeldecker, Sachiko M, Eto Naoko, Günter Müller, Taku Sugimoto, and Andrea Neumann, as well as traditional Japanese instruments, the koto and sho, played by Yagi Michiyo and Ishikawa Kô. With such an impressive lineup, the music is certainly worth listening to, but the omnipresence of the spoken text tends to obscure many of its subtleties. For those fluent in German this is presumably not a problem, but those who aren't might just wish Ostermayer would get his dying over and done with and let the musicians get on with it.
AllMusic Review by Dan Warburton
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