Barbara Hannigan’s recording of Hans Abrahamsen’s let me tell you with Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Andris Nelsons on Winter & Winter has picked up two more awards this month: a Diapason d’or and an Edison Klassiek award.
In the Diapason magazine: “Un des rares compositeurs vivants à montrer autant d’imagination profonde, tel qu’en témoigne ce cycle de mélodies avec orchestre qui a tout pour devenir un classique.”
One of the few living composers to show so much profound imagination, as evidenced by this cycle of melodies with orchestra that has everything to become a classic.
In 2014 Barbara won a Diapason d’or in the Contemporary music category for her performance as Agńes in George Benjamin’s opera Written on Skin with the Royal Opera House.
In “The Discovery” category, let me tell you was awarded an Edison Klassiek, an annual music prize in the Netherlands.
The jury: “The music sounds simultaneously colourful and enigmatic, with a closing movement that melancholically is reminiscent of Mahler’s time.”
Since its world premiere in 2013 with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Andris Nelsons, let me tell you has been critically acclaimed worldwide – the Guardian described it as “a stunning vehicle for Hannigan, with its floating, effortless-sounding high notes and pure, expressive tone”. Earlier this year “let me tell you” won a Gramophone award in the Contemporary music category: “The spare yet pregnant lines of text meet Abrahamsen’s finely spun textures and each word feels felt and weighed in music. Possibly you don’t even need to know that Barbara Hannigan is singing Ophelia’s words any more, yet her vehemence and passion suggest she thinks justice is finally being done to a woman who never did get much chance to tell her side of the story.”
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