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Berliner Philharmoniker – “Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle and Barbara Hannigan 2016 1080p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

The Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil, to which Barbara Hannigan, members of the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle devote themselves at this late hour, is Gérard Grisey’s last composition, a work that bids farewell to the world. Its four songs deal repeatedly in different ways with crossing the threshold to death – introduced by a shadowy prélude and linked by three intermezzi to form a cycle lasting about 40 minutes. The music, with a vocal line in discreet dynamics and a fragmentary sound, exudes almost continuously an atmosphere of sorrow and leave-taking. This is also reflected in the texts on which it is based.

The first song, “The Death of the Angel”, based on a poem by Christian Guez Ricord, has the character of a desperate self-reflection with descending scales in half-tones, three-quarter tones and whole tones, with an expressive soprano line above. The second piece is based on fragmentary inscriptions on Egyptian sarcophagi, entered into the record in small syllabic values by the voice, which proceeds almost parlando. Number 3 then leads the listener into the mystical underworld of ancient Greece, where “the echo dies unheard” and “the voice is lost in the realm of shadows”. Finally, the fourth song, after an excerpt from the Epic of Gilgamesh, provides a look back at the Deluge; whether the certainty of cosmic reincarnation was in the foreground for Grisey or a fatalistic insight into the end of all times is left open, however, by the music …

https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/concert/23657

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Berliner Philharmoniker – “Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle and Barbara Hannigan 2012 1080p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

What a programme Sir Simon Rattle, soprano Barbara Hannigan and members of the Berliner Philharmoniker have assembled for this Late Night: naughty, sophisticated, sexy and subversive – in the spirit of Stravinsky and Weill, but also very British. William Walton’s 1923 “entertainment” Façade, on texts by his notorious friend and patroness Edith Sitwell, brought him overnight the reputation – deservedly – of an enfant terrible of modern English music.

Such an audacious combination of academic, popular, cabaret and jazz musical idioms was new to London. And performances of this high-spirited entertainment – a gem of musical humour too seldom heard in Germany – still have an astonishing power to set toes tapping, to elicit unexpected smiles and, at attempts at orientation, to twist the listener’s mind into a happily convoluted maze…

No less witty is Paul Hindemith’s roughly contemporaneous Kammermusik No. 1. Chamber musical stuffiness? Hardly! The “Roaring Twenties” invaded Berlin with a vengeance and even cast its spell on a composer like Hindemith. Rounding off this Late Night is Hans Werner Henze’s cantata Being Beauteous on a poem by Arthur Rimbaud. The scoring of the work alone is spectacular (coloratura soprano, harp, four cellos) – even more so, what Henze makes of it. What music…!

https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/concert/3847

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Barbara Hannigan, Ludwig Orchestra – La Passione: Nono, Haydn & Grisey (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Barbara Hannigan, Ludwig Orchestra – La Passione: Nono, Haydn & Grisey (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:12:36 minutes | 643 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Alpha

The starting point for Barbara Hannigan’s third recording for Alpha is a work by Gérard Grisey (1946-98) 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’.

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Barbara Hannigan and Simon Rattle with “Façade” by William Walton 2015 1080p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

What a programme Sir Simon Rattle, soprano Barbara Hannigan and members of the Berliner Philharmoniker assembled for this Late Night: naughty, sophisticated, sexy and subversive – in the spirit of Stravinsky and Weill, but also very British. William Walton’s 1923 “entertainment” Façade, with texts by his notorious friend and patroness Edith Sitwell, brought him overnight the reputation – deservedly – of an enfant terrible of modern English music.

Such an audacious combination of academic, popular, cabaret and jazz musical idioms was new to London. And performances of this high-spirited entertainment – a gem of musical humour too seldom heard in Germany – still have an astonishing power to set toes tapping, to elicit unexpected smiles and, at attempts at orientation, to twist the listener’s mind into a happily convoluted maze…

In December 2012, Barbara Hannigan and Simon Rattle presented excerpts of this captivating piece during a Late Night concert. The soprano impressed audiences not only with her comedic talent and her acrobatic articulation, but also with her skills as a conductor. Sir Simon was also seen outside his usual role and took on the role of a singer. That performance left audiences crying out for more… so the piece was performed in its entirety in this Late Night concert – entertainment of the highest order.

https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/concert/20998

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Andris Nelsons and Barbara Hannigan 2013 1080p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

At the beginning of his composing career, the Danish Nørgård and Ligeti student Hans Abrahamsen was considered a key figure in “New Simplicity” – a movement originating in Germany, which in the 1970’s saw itself as a counterweight to serialism with minimalist, neoclassical and/or neo-romantic moments. Hans Abrahamsen’s orchestral piece Nacht und Trompeten, commissioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker, was premiered in the Philharmonie under the baton of Hans Werner Henze in late March 1982. This concert includes the premiere of his orchestral song cycle Let me tell you, based on the novella of the same name by Paul Griffiths and dedicated to Barbara Hannigan.

This is preceded by a work from another Nordic composer: the atmospheric Cantabile for strings by Pēteris Vasks, who in his home country is often referred to as “Latvia’s ambassador in music.” The Latvian shooting star Andris Nelsons then conducts Johannes Brahms’s Fourth Symphony, performed for the first time on 25 October 1885 in Meiningen. One witness of the successful concert was 21-year old Richard Strauss, who was residing there as Hans von Bülow’s assistant. In a letter to his father he reported enthusiastically about an “enormous work”: “ it is difficult to define in words all the splendour that this work contains – you can only listen to it and raptly admire it again and again.”

After the Berlin premiere on 1 February 1886, Joseph Joachim noted how very much the “downright gripping movement of the whole thing, the density of the contrivance, the wonderfully intricate growth of the motives” had impressed him: “I believe the E minor is my favourite of the four symphonies.”

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Barbara Hannigan & Reinbert de Leeuw – Vienna: Fin de Siecle (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Barbara Hannigan & Reinbert de Leeuw – Vienna: Fin de Siècle (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:17:24 minutes | 1,21 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Alpha

After the huge success of her GRAMMY Award-winning first album for Alpha,Crazy Girl Crazy, Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan is back with her longtime collaborator and mentor, the great figure of twentieth-century music, Dutch pianist Reinbert de Leeuw.

For this new recital album, the duo explores the roots of modern music with composers who went on to lead a musical revolution: Arnold Schoenberg, Hugo Wolf, Anton Webern, Alexander Zemlinsky, Alma Mahler and Alban Berg. Vienna: Fin de Siècle presents a vision of Vienna at the height of late Romanticism, when music was at its most lush and decadent, at the edge of tonality and full of voluptuous beauty. Featuring composers for whom text and song were inseparable, the album captures the rich and intense moment before the disruption of the harmonic language of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Hannigan and de Leeuw have long championed the exquisite repertoire from this époque.

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Hans Abrahamsen – Let Me Tell You – Barbara Hannigan, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Andris Nelsons (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Hans Abrahamsen – Let Me Tell You – Barbara Hannigan, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Andris Nelsons (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 32:42 minutes | 330 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Digital booklet | © Winter & Winter

Composed in 2012-13, »let me tell« you is a half-hour dramatic monologue, voiced by a character who requires us to hear her. That character is not quite the Ophelia of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. She has the same words, her entire text being made up from words Ophelia speaks in the play, but she uses these words in different ways, and certainly to express herself differently.

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