Since its release last January, let me tell you has garnered numerous awards, including a Gramophone Award, an Edison Klassiek award, and most recently a Diapason d’Or.
let me tell you ends the year on a high note, landing on many prestigious Best of 2016 lists.
let me tell you came in at number 6 in the NPR Best 50 Albums of 2016 list, a compilation put together of NPR Music’s favourite albums from 2016 including all genres, from rock, pop and hip-hop, to classical, jazz, electronic and international artists. let met tell you was the highest rated classical album, and in the top 10 with popular artists such as David Bowie (Black Star) and Beyoncé (Lemonade).
Not only let me tell you but Socrate were featured in The New York Times Best Classical Music recordings of 2016 list.
That two of Barbara’s recordings made this year’s list is “…a telling sign that most anything she does is worth hearing.”
let me tell you topped CBC Music’s 10 Best Canadian classical albums of the year list, coming in at number one.
“There is no other recording that better demonstrates Hannigan’s virtuosity, intense characterization and ability to interpret new music like it’s as familiar as Mozart. It’s the most exciting classical release of the year, from an artist who ought to become a model for classical musicians from this point on.”
De Volkskrant reviewed albums from all genres, let me tell you being unanimously chosen as Album of the Year, above David Bowie, Leonard Cohen and Nick Cave.
“The reviewers stumbled over their own superlatives when praising this album of the year”
“It is clear: no other album surpasses this new classical classic by Abrahamsen, and we thereby crown let me tell you as Album of the Year. And Barbara Hannigan is the Voice Of 2016.
Andrew Clements’ top 10 classical CDs of 2016 list included let me tell you, the recording “perfectly encapsulating Abrahamsen’s fragile, enchanted soundworld.”
The New Yorker Notable Performances and Recordings of 2016
The Carnegie Hall performance in January with the Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst received a mention, as well as the let me tell you recording.
“Hans Abrahamsen’s vocal-orchestral piece let me tell you, a setting of a Shakespeare-derived text by Paul Griffiths, is one of the masterworks of the new century”
As 2016 draws to a close, Q2 Music staff and writers reflected on some of the most uplifting, imagination-gripping, and breathtaking musical achievements of the past year. At the top of the list: Hans Abrahamsen and Barbara Hannigan.
“The recording of let me tell you has become weekly required listening, and the gossamer textures of the work were even more impressive when rendered by the Cleveland Orchestra and superstar soprano Barbara Hannigan at Carnegie in January.”
“…she was the “onlie begetter” of Abrahamsen’s let me tell you, which seems to have achieved instant immortality, as if history was merely waiting for the stars to align for her coloratura to soar in Abrahamsen’s magical score.”
“The ecstatically crystalline, agile, airborne vocals of Barbara Hannigan provided two highlights of the year via the Winter & Winter label.”
“…a gallingly wintry and revealing setting of Paul Griffiths’s novella that uses only words spoken by Shakespeare’s Ophelia, and it’s a stunning vehicle for Hannigan’s floating high notes and unblinkingly pure, intense expressiveness. Her Ophelia is fragile, sensuous, febrile.”
Hans Abrahamsen composer
Paul Griffiths text
Barbara Hannigan soprano
Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Andris Nelsons conductor
Label: Winter & Winter
CD: NMC D197
Intl. release: 08 January 2016