Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Pulitzer Prizes, 2008 (II)

I'm having a fine time right now listening to David Lang's Pulitzer Prize winning composition, The Little Match Girl Passion; for the recording and information about the piece, go here.

7 comments:

Bruce Hodges said...

It's quite marvelous, isn't it! I haven't revisited the recording on Carnegie's site yet, but I was in the audience for the premiere, and found it quite touching.

Lisa Hirsch said...

Yeah! Great piece, and while it doesn't sound like any particular phrase is especially difficult, it is very long for an a capella piece with solo voices. Kudos to those wonderful singers.

I got most of the way into the recording and had to pause it, then could not successfully restart it. I'll listen through the whole thing another time.

pjwv said...

On-line seems to be the only way to hear the recording . . . am I way out of it (always possible), or does anyone else not like/have trouble listening to pieces over the computer? Couldn't they release a low-cost CD?

Lisa Hirsch said...

I find listening on line convenient. In this case, I didn't have to pay and didn't have to order or wait for a CD to arrive.

pjwv said...

It is convenient, but for those who can't listen on line (because they're at work, have a slow connection, or whatever) CDs are very desirable -- I wish both versions were available. It looks as if they figure "download" is the new big thing so they're cutting out other means.

Lisa Hirsch said...

It's also cheaper for Carnegie Hall, I assume. They don't have to design and burn the CDs, have them put in sleeves, mailed out, etc. I see why they'd be desirable for lots of people, though.

calimac said...

I went. I listened.

Wow. Postminimalism lives!