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Secular Vocal Music - Released January 15, 2016 | Winter & Winter

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or de l'année - Diapason d'or - Gramophone Editor's Choice - Exceptional sound - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
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.

Classical - Released January 1, 2013 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Lieder (German) - Released August 24, 2018 | Alpha

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 4F de Télérama - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik - 5 étoiles de Classica

Classical - Released September 22, 2017 | Alpha

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 4F de Télérama - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
Whether singing, conducting, dancing or acting, the Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan is a source of fascination. Alpha Classics is proud to enter her world today and to present in 2017 her very first album as singer and conductor: with the Amsterdambased orchestra Ludwig, of which she is associate artist, Barbara Hannigan has devised a programme including Berg’s Lulu Suite and Gershwin’s Girl Crazy in a Suite newly arranged by the multiaward-winning American composer Bill Elliott. To complement these two pieces, she has recorded Berio’s spectacular Sequenza III for solo voice. An outstanding soprano, a distinguished interpreter of the music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, an all-round artist who creates a sensation on concert platforms and in opera houses throughout the world, Barbara Hannigan has enriched her palette over the past few years by devoting a portion of her activities to conducting. © Alpha Classics

Mélodies (French) - Released April 8, 2016 | Winter & Winter

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Opera - Released February 1, 2013 | Nimbus Records


Classical - Released January 1, 2008 | Kairos