The debut album of Barbara Hannigan as singer and conductor has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Classical Solo Vocal Album category.
“Intelligent, invigorating, Crazy Girl Crazy is a madly compelling listen.” -The Times
“Whether she sings or conducts, Hannigan is phenomenal.” -De Volkskrant
“Barbara Hannigan suscite aussi l’admiration pour l’intelligence de sa direction musicale.” -Télérama
“Die neue CD hat sie zusammen mit dem Ludwig Orchester aufgenommen, einem freien niederländischen Ensemble, das unter Hannigans Leitung glänzend musiziert” -BR-Klassik
“Welcome to Barbara Hannigan’s fascinating musical and emotional world, you will discover sophistication, lightness and depth in unforgettable 20th-century repertoire.” -Klara
Crazy Girl Crazy
Crazy Girl Crazy binds together the character of Lulu, a pivotal role in Barbara Hannigan’s
career, with the heroines of Gershwin’s musical comedies and their famous songs such as Embraceable You and I Got Rhythm, and Sequenza III, Berio’s incredible musical sculpture built from words and the female voice: the result is an album that forms an evocative portrait of the artist.
Barbara Hannigan comments “Crazy Girl Crazy is a hall of mirrors, with Berio’s Sequenza III and Gershwin’s Girl Crazy Suite serving as reflections of Lulu from varying angles and stages of her life. Her blood runs through the veins of all three works presented here. Musically, the jazz elements would be one obvious link between the pieces by Berg and Gershwin, as well as the lush vocal themes and the urgency of the extreme emotional content, but it is the larger concept of human beings in crazy love and obsession, in the midst of maddening heartbreak, searching for home, and finding it in the rhythm of their own heartbeat, which connects the music.”
For this recording, Barbara Hannigan called on an orchestra with which she has had a very special rapport ever since it was founded in 2011: LUDWIG, a collective composed of the finest instrumentalists from the leading Dutch and international orchestras, which dares to stage innovative programmes.
The very first moments of the rehearsals for Crazy Girl Crazy were filmed by Mathieu Amalric, the celebrated French actor and director who won the Best Director Award at the Cannes Festival in 2010 for his film On Tour (Tournée) as well as a special award created at Cannes in 2017, the ‘prize for the poetry of cinema’, for his latest film.
Entitled Music is Music, the film was been selected for the 2017 New York Film Festival as part of their Spotlight on Documentary series. The DVD of the film is included with the album Crazy Girl Crazy.