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Barbara Hannigan & LUDWIG on tour: “magical” “sensational” “overwhelming”

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Last December soprano/conductor Barbara Hannigan and LUDWIG Orchestra toured throughout Europe, performing music from their Grammy nominated album, Crazy Girl Crazy.

Reviews

de Volkskrant , 05 December 2017

“The enamoured public knows: we’ll still be talking about this in fifty years”

“On Monday she confirmed in the Concertgebouw what we never should have doubted: Hannigan is not only the coolest soprano around, but also the coolest conductor. Her technique is flawless, and she also dares to be unorthodox.”

“The Concertgebouw audience was so silent that you shared this experience together with 1200 people.”

“Hannigan has the potential to become legendary as a conductor”



NRC Handelsblad , 05 December 2017

“Hannigan feels the music with every fiber of her being, the result is magical”

“Soprano Barbara Hannigan impresses as soprano and conductor. With the LUDWIG collective she performed a fantastic program.”

“The orchestral version of Verklärte Nacht confirmed that Hannigan can convey her immense musicality not only vocally but also as a conductor. With her elegant technique … she elicited from the LUDWIG musicians a subtle, richly varied sound that excelled in responsiveness and dynamic range.”

Girl Crazy brought the house down. … with a superior feeling for timing, her entrance of ‘I got rhythm’ against a buzzing cluster chord – magical. She finished audaciously with a sizzling high note and a Saturday Night Fever pose.”



Het Parool, 05 December 2017

Hannigan and Ludwig are overwhelming

“the performance was brilliant, with Hannigan adding some of her own interesting accents”

“After the break, the excitement continued to grow with an unforgettable, formidably played Lulu Suite, in which Hannigan turned halfway through the piece 180 degrees around to sing Lulu’s Song, in a highly piercing manner. Conducting was with her head, back and arms, almost dance-like.”

“Overwhelming music, performed overwhelmingly.
The orchestral balance was never so refined, with crystal clear separation between primary and secondary parts.
What a night.”



Bachtrack, 09 December 2017

“Barbara Hannigan is one of those artists who might give all of us a complex if she was not also such a joyously captivating personality. She is breathtakingly talented, looks like a goddess and is smart as a whip.”

“Berg’s Lulu Suite that followed was clearly something Hannigan knows inside and out and, even when conducting while singing with her back to the orchestra during the third and fifth movements, she made it seem effortless. This is indeed the kicker with Hannigan – she makes impossible things look like second nature. Her voice has one of the easiest floats to it in the business”



Abendblatt, 13 December 2017
Musik kann so schön sein, dass man die Engel flirten hört

“Dirigieren ist für sie Verlängerung ihres Singens”

“Die größte, energiegeladenste und ­musikalisch verführerischste Sensation war die drahtig durchtrainierte Ganzkörpermusikerin auf dem Präsentierpodest, von deren Bühnencharisma an der hiesigen Staatsoper die komplette “Lulu”-Inszenierung unter Starkstrom gesetzt wird.
Hannigan singt, wie sie dirigiert, und dirigiert, wie sie singt: unmittelbar, hoch konzentriert, mit spielerischer Lässigkeit und um engsten Kontakt zum Gesamtgeschehen bemüht. Dieser Trick funktionierte auch bei diesem Schönberg, den sie so vorsichtig modellierte, als bestände er nur aus Luft und Liebe.”



Welt, 13 December 2017

“Schließlich ist Barbara Hannigan längst nicht mehr nur eine sensationelle Sopranistin. Sie ist eine komplette Künstlerin, dirigiert und inszeniert, denkt nach, wie sich Inhalt und Form klassischer Konzerte neu begreifen lassen.”



ResMusica, 18 December 2017

La Nuit Transfigurée est enchaînée sans pause. Sa profondeur expressive est lumineuse dès l’introduction jouée pianissimo avec mystère et intensité. Cette interprétation dévoile une lecture portée par la passion de son chef charismatique. Aussi fluide que sensuelle, sa gestuelle suit les ondulations du phrasé et fait un avec l’ensemble Ludwig.
On est en présence d’un Schoenberg coloré dont le langage prend parfois des teintes de mysticisme.”

“Après l’entracte, la soprano canadienne retrouve le personnage de Lulu qu’elle affectionne tout particulièrement depuis plusieurs saisons, et qui est au cœur de son disque. L’enchaînement avec ce qui a précédé semble très naturel.
Son timbre, d’une réelle beauté, résonne avec conviction.”

“Son jeu scénique prend une autre dimension dans Crazy Girl Suite qui regroupe les meilleurs extraits de la comédie musicale de Gershwin. Sans perdre de vue la direction de ses musiciens, Barbara Hannigan dévoile la flexibilité de ses qualités vocales et se fond avec charisme dans ce registre en apparence plus léger.
Les musiciens donnent également de la voix dans un titre irrésistible plein de charme mais aussi d’humour. Le public adore et le montre. Standing ovation de plusieurs minutes à l’issue d’un concert décalé, loin des sentiers battus.”

 

Tour dates

AMSTERDAM | 4 December 2017, 8:15pm
Het Concertgebouw

LUXEMBOURG | 5 December 2017, 8:00pm
Philharmonie

VIENNA | 7 December 2017, 7:30pm
Wiener Konzerthaus

HAMBURG | 11 December 2017, 8:00pm
Elbphilharmonie

AIX-EN-PROVENCE | 13 December 2017, 8:30pm
Grande Theatre de Provence

DORTMUND | 15 December 2017, 8:00pm
Konzerthaus

Programme

Barbara Hannigan – soprano/conductor
LUDWIG Orchestra
Debussy – Syrinx, L. 129
Schönberg – Verklärte Nacht
Berg – Lulu Suite
Gershwin – Girl Crazy (arr. Bill Elliott/Barbara Hannigan)


Live from the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 04 December 2017

 

photo credit: Marco Borggreve