Paolo Sorrentino's film YOUTH with score by David Lang (N. American release)

Friday, December 4, 2015

Read New York Times feature on David Lang and the music of Youth here

U.S. city release dates listed below

Recording to be released December 4 on Milan Records

David Lang has composed the score and the original song for the upcoming film Youth, which tells the story of a classical composer and conductor towards the end of his career. Lang composed both the soundtrack and the works meant to be written by the protagonist of the film, representing both the music the character hears in his head and his concert works. The score and additional music is performed on screen by soprano Sumi Jo, violinist Viktoria Mullova, the BBC Concert Orchestra, and the Berlin Radio Choir, among others. Lang's Simple Song #3 is integral and a reoccurring theme in the film.

Youth is written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino, the internationally-renowned writer and director of Italy’s Oscar-winning foreign language film The Great Beauty. Starring Academy Award-winner Michael Caine as Fred and Academy Award-nominee Harvey Keitel as Mick, Youth explores the lifelong bond between two friends vacationing in a luxury Swiss Alps lodge as they ponder retirement. While Fred has no plans to resume his musical career despite the urging of his daughter (played by Academy Award-winner Rachel Weisz), Mick is intent on finishing a screenplay in what may be his last important film for his muse Brenda (Academy Award-winner Jane Fonda). 

Lang and Sorrentino first worked together when the director used the composer’s music in The Great Beauty. A frequent collaborator in film, art, theater, and dance, Lang contributed all the arrangements for The Kronos Quartet for the landmark film Requiem for a Dream and scored the Emmy Award-winning documentary The Woodmans and the film (Untitled). Lang has also contributed music to theatrical productions at the Classic Stage Company, Yale Repertory Theater, the American Conservatory Theater, and the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and written new works for choreographers Pam Tanowitz, Annie-B Parson, Benjamin Millepied, Twyla Tharp, Susan Marshall, Shen Wei, and Edouard Lock.

David Lang is both deeply versed in the classical tradition and committed to creating new forms of music that resist categorization. His catalogue is extensive, and his opera, orchestral, chamber, and solo works are by turns ominous, ethereal, urgent, hypnotic, and unsettling, but always emotionally direct. The 2015-16 season sees the world premieres of a new piece for the Grieg Choir in Bergen, Norway, a work for the opening of the new music building at Northwestern University Choir, and anatomy theater for LA Opera.


An INDIGO FILM production in collaboration with MEDUSA FILM


Release: December 4, 2015

Directed by: Paolo Sorrentino

Screenplay by: Paolo Sorrentino

Produced by: Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima, and Carlotta Calori

Cast: Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano and Jane Fonda

December 4
Los Angeles, New York

December 11
Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, Washington D.C. 

December 18
Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Houston, Minneapolis, Montreal, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, Seattle, St. Louis, Vancouver

December 25
Albany, Albuquerque, Ann Arbor, Boca/W. Palm Beach, Buffalo, Calgary, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Des Moines, Detroit, Edmonton, Ft. Myers, Hartford/New Haven, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Knoxville, Madison, Memphis, Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Providence, Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, Reno, Richmond, Rochester, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, Winnipeg

Soloists:  Sumi Jo, soprano