Composer David Lang explores a secular transcendence in “Little Match Girl Passion”

The Classical Review
By Wynne Delacoma

David Lang, composer

In the classical music world, compositions titled “Passion” usually have a very specific focus—the story of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and death.

American composer David Lang reveres many of those retellings, especially J. S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. But he takes a different tack in his Little Match Girl Passion, which the Ravinia Festival will present August 26 in the Martin Theatre. MORE

Published August 21, 2013
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The National’s Bryce Dessner Announces Kronos Quartet Collaborative Album Aheym

By Evan Minsker

The National and Clogs member Bryce Dessner has announced his debut recording as a composer. Aheym is out November 5 via Anti-. It’s a collaboration between Dessner and the avant-classical outfit Kronos Quartet, and it features the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

“Aheym” (which means “homeward” in Yiddish) was initially written by Dessner for Kronos Quartet’s performance at the Celebrate Brooklyn! festival in 2009. The album features four tracks– an homage to Laurence Neff, Kronos Quartet’s lighting designer of 25 years (“Tenebre”), a piece influenced by Czech performers Irena and Vojtěch Havel (“Little Blue Something”), and a piece inspired by Chilean poet Vicente Huidobro (“Tour Eiffel”). MORE

Published August 21, 2013
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