Henri Dutilleux


“The evening’s peak, however, was Dutilleux’s Correspondances … Hannigan’s airy ease and fervid sensibility shaped the test earnestly, and ultimately drew the deserved attention to the symbolic connection between the senses and the world that surrounds us.”

Toronto Star, January 2016

“Barbara Hannigan is an exceptionally dramatic performer, with a sharp, clear soprano voice that is equally dramatic … it gained character and strength throughout, to shine with exceptional brilliance at the end.”

The Globe and Mail, January 2016

“Thanks to Barbara Hannigan, the cool moonbeams suggested by Dutilleux’s Correspondances, which opened the concert, held us transfixed. The soprano’s voice is perfect for Dutileux’s music, sharing its trademark sensuousness, poise and precision. And she remains a formidable dramatic presence… a tough act to follow”

Hannah Nepil, Financial Times, 15 February 2015

“Henri Dutilleux is one of contemporary music’s grand old men, known as a fabricator of orchestral scores that summon up dreamlike states in tremulous, shimmering orchestral sounds. These performances prove that they contain real emotional heat as well. The recorded sound is startlingly vivid and close, the playing under Esa-Pekka Salonen has drama as much as beauty, and soprano Barbara Hannigan in Correspondances is a wonder.”

* * * * * 5 out of 5 stars
The Daily Telegraph, 9 March 2013

“…Barbara Hannigan has made the music very much her own and the nonagenarian composer has written a new, suitably stratospheric ending for her, as magical as one might have hoped . . . it is difficult to imagine a more sympathetic rendering of Correspondances

Gramophone online, 1 May 2013

“In this, the first commercial recording of the song cycle Correspondances, Barbara Hannigan is simply superb – faultless pitching, crystal-clear words, a shining tone, and total empathy with the composer’s message.”

* * * * * (5 out of 5 stars)
BBC Music Magazine, May 2013

“[Correspondances]: It’s a sensitive, lyrically expressive and moving work, which Barbara Hannigan sings superbly…”

Audiophile Audition, 24 March 2013

“Hannigan’s singing is heartbreaking…”

MusicWeb International, 13 June 2013

“Par leur interprétation idéale, Esa Pekka Salonen et Barbara Hannigan exaltent la profonde humanité de la partition.”

La Croix

“Dazu kommen die schillernden Correspondances von Dutilleux, mit der jungen, nicht minder fabelhaften Sopranistin Barbara Hannigan, die die Briefzeilen des verbannten Alexander Solschenizyn an das Ehepaar Rostropowitsch mit großer Selbstverständlichkeit vorsingt.
Sie trägt sie vor, als wären sie auch nichts anderes als die von Rilke bedichteten Gong-Klänge, die Dutilleux in diesen kaum zehn Jahre alten Orchesterliedern eben auch noch in Musik verwandelt hat.

Der Tagesspiegel, 16 February 2013

Barbara Hannigan is simply superb –
faultless pitching, crystal-clear words, a shining tone, and total empathy with the composer’s message.BBC Music Magazine