Lang’s Little Match Girl Passion on disc

Lang’s Little Match Girl Passion on disc
Harmonia Mundi has released a disc of the Pulitzer prize-winning The Little Match Girl Passion by David Lang. Featuring the vocal ensemble Theatre of Voices directed by Paul Hillier, for whom the work was written, the disc also includes Lang’s For Love is Strong, I lie, evening morning day and Again (After Ecclesiastes).

Composed in 2007, The Little Match Girl Passion sets Hans Christian Andersen’s tale in the format of Bach’s St Matthew Passion, interspersing the original narrative with the composer’s own versions of texts from the crowd and character sections of Bach’s passion. “What drew me to The Little Match Girl,” writes Lang, “is that the strength of the story lies not in its plot but in the fact that all its parts – the horror and the beauty – are constantly suffused with their opposites…. There is a kind of naïve equilibrium between suffering and hope.” The piece won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 2008.

David Lang
The Little Match Girl Passion
Theatre of Voices/Paul Hillier
Harmonia Mundi HMU 807496

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