Lorelei Ensemble Releases David Lang’s ‘love fail’

By David Salazar

The Lorelei Ensemble has released David Lang’s “love fail” on Cantaloupe Music.

When it premiered in 2012, the piece was originally written for vocal quartet with simple percussion instruments, but in 2016, it was revised for a woman’s chorus. It retells the story of “Tristan und Isolde” from more modern works and versions by several artists, including Richard Wagner.

“We have an affinity for David’s music, and have been performing it since our early years together as an ensemble,” Lorelei Ensemble Artistic Director Beth Willer stated in a press release. “This piece is particularly striking—David’s brilliant use of silence and direct delivery of text, the intimacy and immediacy of Lydia Davis’ poetry, the ancient tale of accidental and all-encompassing love—it draws you in, and its gripping.”

Among the soloists featured on the album are mezzo-soprano Clare McNamara, mezzo-soprano Carrie Cheron, soprano Sonja Tengblad, soprano Sarah Brailey, and alto Emily Marvosh.