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Episode #3404

David Lang's "love fail"

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Thursday, December 06, 2012

Pulitzer-Prize winning composer and one of the three founders of Bang on a Can, David Lang, along with the women of vocal quartet Anonymous 4 join us to preview the work Lang has just written for the group, “love fail.” Like his “Little Match Girl Passion,” the new work centers on the sound of four voices and percussion.  But in the piece, “love fail,” these components are the centerpiece of a multi-media extravaganza, including sound design, lighting design, projections and video, along with clothing and sets.  

Using ancient and modern texts, including medieval courtly love narratives, excerpts from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, and other sources, Lang strips away the dated references to dragons and the like, to retell a universal love story, both found and unfulfilled. For this New Sounds, Lang explains where the work has come from and where it is headed.  Also, listen to Anonymous 4 and their live performances of excerpts from the work, which runs through Saturday (12/8) at BAM’s Next Wave Festival

PROGRAM #3404, love fail, with David Lang and A4  (First aired on 12/06/2012)                                  

ARTIST(S)

RECORDING

CUT(S)

SOURCE

David Lang, Theatre of Voices, Paul Hillier

 

The Little Match Girl Passion

It was terribly cold, excerpt [1:00]

Harmonia Mundi 807496
store.harmoniamundi.com

David Lang/ Anonymous 4

Rehearsal recording

love fail: You Will Love Me [2:37]

This performance not commercially available.

David Lang/ Anonymous 4

Live, WNYC Dec. 6, 2012

love fail: He was She was [8:30]
love fail: Wood And Vine [8:20]
Head Heart [3:35]

This performance not commercially available.

RIAS Chamber Chorus,
Bang on a Can Lost, Objects Ensemble,
Concerto Koln,
Roger Epple, cond.

Lost Objects

M Gordon/D Lang/J Wolfe: Lost Objects - We Were Enveloped [7:27]

Teldec 84107
Available at
www.arkivmusic.com

 

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