Video trailer for La Passione album


For Barbara’s third album for Alpha Classics, she is reunited with LUDWIG Orchestra, singing and conducting music by Luigi Nono, Franz Joseph Haydn and Gérard Grisey.
Central to the album is Quatre Chants pour franchir le seuil by Gérard Grisey (1946-98), a piece that is particularly close to her heart.
Grisey wrote: “I conceived the Quatre Chants pour franchir le seuil [Four songs for crossing the threshold] as a musical meditation on death in four parts: the death of the angel, the death of civilisation, the death of the voice and the death of humanity… The texts chosen belong to four civilisations (Christian, Egyptian, Greek, Mesopotamian) and have in common a fragmentary discourse on the inevitability of death.”
Luigi Nono (1924-90) was a politically engaged composer. His stunning Djamila Boupacha, a heart-rending cry for solo soprano, pays tribute to a freedom fighter tortured by French paratroopers during the Algerian war; Picasso also portrayed her in charcoal.
She chose to couple these two twentieth-century works with a classical symphony by the master of the genre, Franz Joseph Haydn.

Barbara Hannigan:

“Haydn’s Symphony 49, unauthentically called La Passione, is a universal ritual for loss and grieving, beyond a single figure.
The symphony is the journey of souls: the ones enduring on earth and the ones who have departed. Haydn’s genius needs no labels, but I loved to use the title La Passione for this recording.”

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