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LANG, D.: Pierced / Heroin / Cheating, Lying, Stealing / How to Pray / Wed (Real Quiet)

Composer(s):Lang, DavidReed, Lou
Period(s) 20th CenturyContemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicInstrumentalOrchestralVocal
Catalogue 8.559615
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


“One of the things I like about this disc is that all the pieces try to take classical music someplace it doesn’t usually go,” declares David Lang, the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer who co-founded the experimental classical music festival Bang on a Can. “There is no name yet for this kind of music,” wrote Mark Swed of The Los Angeles Times, but audiences everywhere hear and love it; from New York to Tokyo, BBC Proms to Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, Strasbourg Festival to Sydney 2000 Olympic Arts Festival. Pierced is an unconventional concerto, jazzy and ominous; Heroin resets Lou Reed’s ‘dangerous’ Velvet Underground song; Cheating, Lying, Stealing is a calling card



Review By Jayson Greene,Pitchfork,March 2009

David Lang, alongside Julia Wolfe and Michael Gordon, founded Bang on a Can in 1987 for the same reason most contemporary composers organize ensembles—to hear someone play their music. Twenty-two years later, “Bang on a Can” has become as much a movement as an organization, having gathered forces and expanded in all directions with a tenacity that would impress the Wu-Tang Clan. Despite their countless offshoots, side projects, collaborations, and a growing number of disciples, Lang, Wolfe, and Gordon remain the beating heart of BoAC, and their shared aesthetic has come to define a wide slice of the American contemporary classical scene.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,January 2009

“One of the things I like about this disc is that all the pieces try to take classical music somewhere it doesn’t usually go”. David Lang’s description could well be countered with the question, ‘but does he know where somewhere is?” Born in the United States in 1957, Jacob Druckman and Hans Werner Henze were among his compositional mentors towards the end of his student days. From the outset his compositions have been provocative and thought stimulating, and included works in many genres from opera to solo instruments, The Little Match Girl Passion, written for the ensemble Theatre of Voices, was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize, and is among a number of scores that have taken high-profile honours. He was a co-founder of the



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