David Lang - The National Anthems, The Little Match Girl Passion | Cantaloupe CA21119

David Lang - The National Anthems, The Little Match Girl Passion

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Label: Cantaloupe

Cat No: CA21119

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 29th July 2016

Contents

Artists

Los Angeles Master Chorale
Calder Quartet

Conductor

Grant Gershon

Works

Lang, David

The Little Match Girl Passion
The National Anthems

Artists

Los Angeles Master Chorale
Calder Quartet

Conductor

Grant Gershon

About

The Los Angeles Master Chorale’s recording of David Lang’s The National Anthems is paired with a new performance of his 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning work The Little Match Girl Passion, transforming this hour-long programme into a unique panorama of Lang’s writing process and how it has evolved in recent years.

But taken as a whole, the two works also make a lasting statement about our place in the world we share with each other. As Lang himself describes it: “Both pieces try to use music to show us how we could be or should be better people. the national anthems scours the anthems of all the countries in the world, hoping to find common ground that might allow us to understand each other, across all our artificial boundaries. And the little match girl passion is an attempt to ennoble the idea that it’s important for us to notice the suffering of people around us.”

Also featuring the Calder Quartet, lauded by the New York Times as “[living proof that] the time-honored string quartet still provides fertile ground for innovation and surprise.”

Reviews

Of the three Bang on a Can founder composers, David Lang’s music has always been the glassiest, the sparest, and for some listeners the most precious. In recent years, his aesthetic has become leaner still, paring down already simple material to gaunt extremes in something approaching neo-plainchant. The national anthems (note the lower case; nothing vainglorious here) takes fragments of text from the anthems of all 193 United Nations member states and unfolds at speaking speed, with plenty of room for breaths between phrases and plenty of clarity to the words. It has the feel of sad and eerie intoning. The Los Angeles choir clinches the right sound for Lang – unflinching, spellbound – while the Calder Quartet gives sleek accompaniment.  Kate Molleson
The Guardian 17 June 2016

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