Lang composes score and original song for Sorrentino’s Youth, in US theaters 12/4

December 4, 2015

On Friday December 4, Paolo Sorrentino’s film Youth — with score and original song composed by David Lang — is released throughout North America; the soundtrack to the film is released digitally on iTunes.

Click here to qread a New York Times feature on Lang’s music in the film.

Click here to listen to an NPR interview with Lang and All Things Considered‘s Robert Siegel.

Lang’s score represents the compositions written by the film’s protaganist (a classical composer and conductor toward the end of his career) and most importantly his Simple Song #3, an integral and recurring musical and cinematic theme. The music is performed by soprano Sumi Jo, violinist Viktoria Mullova, the BBC Concert Orchestra, and the Berlin Radio Choir. Additionally, Lang’s just (after song of songs) written for and performed by Trio Mediaeval and the Garth Knox Trio receives a prominent placement in the film.

Youth — written and directed by Sorrentino, whose film The Great Beauty won the 2013 Oscar for best foreign language film — stars Academy Award-winner Michael Caine as Fred and Academy Award-nominee Harvey Keitel as Mick. The film 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 Lang’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).


An INDIGO FILM production in collaboration with MEDUSA FILM, co-produced with BARBARY FILMS, PATHÉ, FRANCE 2 CINÉMA, NUMBER 9 FILMS, C-FILMS, distributed by Fox Searchlight

Soundtrack on Milan Records
available on iTunes

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

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