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Cappella Amsterdam|David Lang: The Writings

David Lang: The Writings

Cappella Amsterdam, Daniel Reuss

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Mesmerizing settings of Old Testament texts with a universal appeal. Cappella Amsterdam and its artistic leader Daniel Reuss propose here a world premiere recording of David Lang’s The Writings. For this cycle, Lang has chosen five texts from the Old Testament tied to Jewish holidays. These writings share a universal appeal, a focus on what it means to be human. Lang’s austere and repetitive score makes a profound emotional impact, fully in line with the poetry of the subjects recited. This album comes with insightful program notes by the composer, as well as an evocative analysis by his esteemed colleague Nico Muhly.

Since its foundation in 1970, Cappella Amsterdam has shown an exceptional mastery of contemporary and early vocal music, with acclaimed excurses to Romantic repertoire as well. Daniel Reuss has been Artistic Leader of Cappella Amsterdam for over three decades now, and has worked with several renowned choirs and ensembles. Multiple award-winning composer David Lang is one of America’s most performed composers, whose deceptively simple pieces can be fiendishly difficult to play, requiring incredible concentration by musicians and audiences alike. © Pentatone

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The Writings (David Lang)

1
No. 1, Again (After Ecclesiastes)
00:05:58

Daniel Reuss, Conductor, MainArtist - Cappella Amsterdam, Choir, MainArtist - David Lang, Composer, Lyricist

(C) 2022 PENTATONE (P) 2022 PENTATONE

2
No. 2, If I Am Silent (After the Book of Esther)
00:08:03

Daniel Reuss, Conductor, MainArtist - Cappella Amsterdam, Choir, MainArtist - David Lang, Composer, Lyricist

(C) 2022 PENTATONE (P) 2022 PENTATONE

3
No. 3, For Love Is Strong (After the Song of Songs)
00:12:41

Daniel Reuss, Conductor, MainArtist - Cappella Amsterdam, Choir, MainArtist - David Lang, Composer, Lyricist

(C) 2022 PENTATONE (P) 2022 PENTATONE

4
No. 4, Where You Go (After the Book of Ruth)
00:10:13

Daniel Reuss, Conductor, MainArtist - Cappella Amsterdam, Choir, MainArtist - David Lang, Composer, Lyricist

(C) 2022 PENTATONE (P) 2022 PENTATONE

5
No. 5, Solitary (After the Book of Lamentations)
00:12:43

Daniel Reuss, Conductor, MainArtist - Cappella Amsterdam, Choir, MainArtist - David Lang, Composer, Lyricist

(C) 2022 PENTATONE (P) 2022 PENTATONE

6
No. 6, Again (After Ecclesiastes) [Changed Return]
00:06:00

Daniel Reuss, Conductor, MainArtist - Cappella Amsterdam, Choir, MainArtist - David Lang, Composer, Lyricist

(C) 2022 PENTATONE (P) 2022 PENTATONE

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Mesmerizing settings of Old Testament texts with a universal appeal. Cappella Amsterdam and its artistic leader Daniel Reuss propose here a world premiere recording of David Lang’s The Writings. For this cycle, Lang has chosen five texts from the Old Testament tied to Jewish holidays. These writings share a universal appeal, a focus on what it means to be human. Lang’s austere and repetitive score makes a profound emotional impact, fully in line with the poetry of the subjects recited. This album comes with insightful program notes by the composer, as well as an evocative analysis by his esteemed colleague Nico Muhly.

Since its foundation in 1970, Cappella Amsterdam has shown an exceptional mastery of contemporary and early vocal music, with acclaimed excurses to Romantic repertoire as well. Daniel Reuss has been Artistic Leader of Cappella Amsterdam for over three decades now, and has worked with several renowned choirs and ensembles. Multiple award-winning composer David Lang is one of America’s most performed composers, whose deceptively simple pieces can be fiendishly difficult to play, requiring incredible concentration by musicians and audiences alike. © Pentatone

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