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Textura, March 2018

In the moving world to come, Beiser’s cello and voice operate as separate yet connected elements, much like the body and soul, and Lang’s piece documents their struggle to reunite in some post-earthly spiritual realm…

To create the half-hour the day, Lang pondered what key moments individuals might select out of their lives and so imagined asking 300 people the simple question, “What was the most important day in your life?” To that end, he searched the phrase ‘I remember the day that I…’ and catalogued the responses alphabetically into the text spoken in this performance by The Wooster Group’s Kate Valk. Lang wove the responses into a single narrative so that it “would help us feel the weight of a life, as it is being lived.”

These are two remarkable works by formidable artists whose respective careers already have been distinguished in many ways. © 2018 Textura Read complete review

Tristan Renfrow
primephonic, February 2018

Heralded by The Boston Globe as “the post-modern diva of the cello” and a “cello rock star” by Rolling Stone, Maya Beiser’s unparalleled virtuosity and boundary defiant aptitude have led her to continually redefine the contemporary cellist. In addition to Beiser’s prolific solo career, she is a founding member of the new music ensemble Bang on a Can All-Stars and her integral role on this album alone demonstrates the extent to which her multifaceted involvements surpass an ordinary instrumentalist.

The two works that comprise this album are both celebrations of the soul at different moments—the celebration of the soul united with the body in life and the celebration of the soul’s journey after death. David Lang’s limitless creativity within his own compositional style in combination with Maya Beiser’s incomparable musicianship and sound exemplified on this album represent the finest selection of 21st century cello music. © 2018 primephonic Read complete review

Laurie Niles, January 2018

This album features two pieces written by David Lang for cellist Maya Beiser: “The Day,” a new piece composed in 2016, as well as “World to Come,” which he wrote for her in 2003. “The Day” was composed as prequel to “World to Come.” Where “World to Come” chronicles the journey of the soul after life, “The Day” chronicles an individual’s time on earth preceding that journey. Lang’s “World to Come” was written for Beiser in response to the events of September 11 at the World Trade Center (which shares the initials of the title of the piece, WTC). The two works are meditations on two journeys: the day on the mortal journey, and world to come on the eternal, post-mortal journey of the soul that follows. © 2018 Read complete review

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