Barbara Hannigan performances of let me tell you in 2018/2019 season


Throughout the 2018/2019 season Barbara Hannigan joins four different European orchestras to bring one of her signature pieces, let me tell you, to major concert houses throughout Europe. A “half-hour tour de force” according to Sir Simon Rattle, the work was commissioned by the Berlin Philharmonic and written at the request of Barbara who gave the work’s premiere in 2013. Based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, where poet Paul Griffiths compiled Ophelia’s words into a dramatic monologue, Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen set these words to music using a fascinatingly transparent yet sensual and intense musical language.

Let me tell you has received ovations “of an intensity rarely witnessed for contemporary scores” and has been praised for its “bewitching elegance”, “brilliant sonic depictions” and “a wondrous range of complexly imagined soundscapes.”

Barbara Hannigan begins her let me tell you season tour with five concerts in Germany and Austria with the Bamberger Symphoniker and conductor Jakub Hrůša: Dresden (25 October), Cologne (28 October), Dortmund (30 October), Bamberg (01 November), and Vienna (03 November). As part of her 2018/19 LSO Artist Portrait season, she joins Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra for performances at Barbican Hall on 09 and 10 January 2019; in February she performs with Orchestre de Paris under the direction of Daniel Harding for concerts in Philharmonie, Grande salle Pierre Boulez in Paris on 27 and 28 February 2019. The final performance of let me tell you is on April 26th in Copenhagen with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, celebrating Hans Abrahamsen as the recipient of the 2019 Léonie Sonnings Musikpris 2019.

Bamberger Symphoniker

25 October 2018 – 8:00pm
DRESDEN – Kulturpalast Dresden

28 October 2018 – 6:00pm
COLOGNE – Kölner Philharmonie

30 October 2018 – 8:00pm
DORTMUND – Konzerthaus Dortmund

01 November 2018 – 8:00pm
BAMBERG – Konzerthalle

03 November 2018 – 6:00pm
VIENNA – Wiener Konzerthaus

London Symphony Orchestra

09 January 2019 – 6:30pm
LONDON – Barbican Hall

10 January 2019 – 7:30pm
LONDON – Barbican Hall

Orchestre de Paris

27 February 2019 – 8:30pm
PARIS – Philharmonie, Grande salle Pierre Boulez

28 February 2019 – 7:30pm
LONDON – Philharmonie, Grande salle Pierre Boulez

Danish National Symphony Orchestra

26 April 2019 – 7:30pm
COPENHAGEN – DR Koncerthuset

Hans Abrahamsen’s let me tell you, a song cycle for soprano and orchestra, was commissioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation with support from the Danish Arts Foundation. In December 2013 the piece was premiered by the Berliner Philharmoniker under the direction of Andris Nelsons with Barbara Hannigan as the soloist.
Together with Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Andris Nelsons, Barbara recorded let me tell you for the Winter & Winter label. The recording garnered many awards including the Grawemeyer Award (Music Composition), Gramophone Award Contemporary, 2016, Diapason d’Or 2016, Musique contemporaine, and Edison Klassiek 2016, De ontdekking.