Lang: The National Anthems / Los Angeles Master Chorale, Calder String Quartet
Attempting to find a universal truth in the process of researching the anthems, he instead came to realize they resembled prayers for fleeting freedom rather than confidence in it. By the work's end, what remains sounds like it could be heard inside a church.
Also on the album is his Pulitzer Prize-winning The Little Match Girl Passion. After hearing from nations of people, the piece places similar prayers in the context of one person.
All together, the album has the feeling of clutching hands. Whether you believe in patriotism or not, it reminds us that everyone in the world holds onto something — whether it’s words, a melody or that which we hope is true.
– WQXR-FM (Elena Saavedra Buckley)
Catalog Number: CA21119
Composer: David Lang
Conductor: Grant Gershon
Orchestra/Ensemble: Calder String Quartet, Los Angeles Master Chorale