Barbara Hannigan - Andris Nelsons Hans Abrahamsen : Let me tell you

Hans Abrahamsen : Let me tell you

Barbara Hannigan - Andris Nelsons

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Released on January 15, 2016 by Winter & Winter

Main artist: Barbara Hannigan

Genre: Classical > Secular Vocal Music

Distinctions: Diapason d'or de l'année (December 2016) - Diapason d'or (April 2016) - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik (June 2016) - Prises de son d'exception (May 2016) - Gramophone Editor's Choice (March 2016)

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Album : 1 disk - 7 tracks Total length : 00:32:42

    Let me tell you, for Soprano & Orchestra (Hans Abrahamsen)
  1. 1 Part I. Let me tell you how it was

    Barbara Hannigan, Soprano - Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Andris Nelsons, Conductor - Hans Abrahamsen, Composer - Paul Griffiths, Lyricist Copyright : 2016 Winter & Winter GmbH

  2. 2 Part I. O but memory is not one but many

    Barbara Hannigan, Soprano - Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Andris Nelsons, Conductor - Hans Abrahamsen, Composer - Paul Griffiths, Lyricist Copyright : 2016 Winter & Winter GmbH

  3. 3 Part I. There was a time, I remember

    Barbara Hannigan, Soprano - Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Andris Nelsons, Conductor - Hans Abrahamsen, Composer - Paul Griffiths, Lyricist Copyright : 2016 Winter & Winter GmbH

  4. 4 Part II. Let me tell you how it is

    Barbara Hannigan, Soprano - Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Andris Nelsons, Conductor - Hans Abrahamsen, Composer - Paul Griffiths, Lyricist Copyright : 2016 Winter & Winter GmbH

  5. 5 Part II. Now I do not mind

    Barbara Hannigan, Soprano - Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Andris Nelsons, Conductor - Hans Abrahamsen, Composer - Paul Griffiths, Lyricist Copyright : 2016 Winter & Winter GmbH

  6. 6 Part III. I know you are there

    Barbara Hannigan, Soprano - Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Andris Nelsons, Conductor - Hans Abrahamsen, Composer - Paul Griffiths, Lyricist Copyright : 2016 Winter & Winter GmbH

  7. 7 Part III. I will go out now

    Barbara Hannigan, Soprano - Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Andris Nelsons, Conductor - Hans Abrahamsen, Composer - Paul Griffiths, Lyricist Copyright : 2016 Winter & Winter GmbH

About

All the information about this half-hour-long song cycle is relegated to websites, and websites with user-unfriendly URLs, at that. So here's the basic information: let me tell you is based on an experimental novella by writer (and music critic) Paul Griffiths, consisting exclusively of words spoken by Ophelia in Shakespeare's Hamlet. In this work they are further reduced to seven poems, assembled perhaps in the manner of the widely sold "magnetic poetry" refrigerator magnet kits. Whatever you think of the literary conceit, its realization here is remarkable. Soprano Barbara Hannigan worked closely with composer Hans Abrahamsen on the work, eliciting passages of extended vocal technique that in places resemble the vocal writing of Monteverdi. Abrahamsen's basic musical language lands about halfway between Wagner and Webern, adopting the crystalline economy of the latter but remaining basically tonal in orientation. As with the Second Viennese School, much of the vocal writing is treacherously difficult, and here's where the recording really shines: sample the finale, "I will go out now" (track seven), for some of the most controlled long pianissimi you are likely to have heard lately. Hannigan was involved in commissioning the work and has performed it with orchestras on both sides of the Atlantic; here she rejoins conductor Andris Nelsons, with whom she premiered let me tell you in 2013 with the Berlin Philharmonic. The performance here has an uncanny quality suggesting that the work resides in Hannigan's head, which of course is appropriate to its theme. Beautifully recorded; highly recommended.

Details of original recording:

Concert performance at Herculessaal, Munchen, July 2nd and 3rd, 2015 (Premiered by Barbara Hannigan, Andris Nelsons and the Berliner Philharmoniker at Berliner Philharmonie, December 20th, 2013)

Hans Abrahamsen (born in 1952)
Let me tell you, for soprano and orchestra (2012/2013)
Dédicated to Barbara Hannigan
Text by Paul Griffiths after the novel Let me tell you (2008)

Barbara Hannigan, Soprano
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Conductor : Andris Nelsons

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