“The Unsingable Music That Stumped a Diva”
John Zorn’s song cycle “Jumalattaret” pushed the new-music master Barbara Hannigan to her limit.
written by Joshua Barone of The New York Times
Barbara will give the New York premiere of “Jumalattaret” on October15 at the Park Avenue Armory.
“Most of my work involves pushing the envelope of technical mastery,” Mr. Zorn said. “For me, challenges are opportunities. You must believe enough in what you are doing to put yourself in harm’s way — because only through discipline and extremes of experience is one able to transcend the trivial and mundane. As a sacred piece, ‘Jumalattaret’ needed very much to capture those feeling tones.”
photo credit: Erika Gerdemark for The New York Times