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Ronald E. Grames
Fanfare, November 2016

There are no impediments to appreciating the fine performances by all involved. The simplicity of these works is deceptive, and the chorus and its soloists are to be commended for their technically stunning realization. The recording makes a judicious balance between clarity and attractiveness of choral timbre. Preferences and reservations notwithstanding, I give this recording a warm recommendation to anyone who enjoys exceptional choral singing in challenging and moving—and dare I say important?—new music. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, August 2016

The Los Angeles Master Chorale and the Calder String Quartet perform the title work, a kind of dirge for the fallen dead of all nations through the use of at least one word from all the national anthems in the world. © 2016 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review



David Patrick Stearns
Philadelphia Daily News, July 2016

Performances by the Los Angeles Master Chorale favor a fuller, less-precise sound than we’re used to from The Crossing, but director Grant Gershon uses it to make weightier pronouncements. © 2016 Phildelphia Daily News Read complete review



Anastasia Tsioulcas
National Public Radio, June 2016

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Composer David Lang snipped words from the national anthems of all 193 United Nations member countries to weave together into a five-movement piece called the national anthems, performed here by the Los Angeles Master Chorale and the Calder Quartet. Overall, the effect is disquieting—the lyrical collage makes it clear just how much each country lays stake to the same kinds of claims and aspirations. Lang sets the piece in spare, sharply rendered sonic lines—each like a pen-and-ink drawing—but in this last movement, the chorus and strings bathe the listener in radiant susurrations of sound. Just gorgeous. © 2016 National Public Radio



Elena Saavedra Buckley
WQXR (New York), June 2016

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. © 2016 WQXR (New York) Read complete review




Kate Molleson
The Guardian, June 2016

Of the three Bang on a Can founder composers, David Lang’s music has always been the glassiest, the sparest, and for some listeners the most precious. …The Los Angeles choir clinches the right sound for Lang—unflinching, spellbound—while the Calder Quartet gives sleek accompaniment. © 2016 The Guardian Read complete review





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