Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Match Girl is a squalid tale of a barefoot child wandering the snow-covered streets of Copenhagen. Numb with cold, she warms herself by burning her last matches. Each tiny flame offers a briefly comforting vision. David Lang lends this tale a mystical dimension by overlaying it with excerpts from the text of Bach’s St Matthew Passion. This poignant secular passion is accompanied by evocative works for a children’s choir by two contemporary American composers.
David Lang, The Little Match Girl Passion, for four solo voices with percussion (2007)
Caroline Shaw, Its Motion Keeps, for children’s choir and alto solo (2013)
Ted Hearne, Ripple, for children’s choir (2012)
With the singers of La Maîtrise (the OnR youth chorus) and the OnR Opéra Studio
Musical direction by Alphonse Cemin