Barbara Hannigan makes her record debut as conductor

Barbara Hannigan makes her record debut as conductor


norman lebrecht

October 13, 2016

The French label Alpha has got in first to record the Canadian soprano in her other role as conductor, for release next year.

From the press pack:
With the Amsterdam-based orchestra LUDWIG, of which she is associate artist, Barbara Hannigan has devised a programme including Berg’s Lulu Suite and Gershwin’s Girl Crazy in a Suite newly arranged by the multi-award-winning American composer Bill Elliott. To complement these two pieces, she has recorded Berio’s spectacular Sequenza III for solo voice.

…This album, entitled Crazy Girl Crazy, brings together the character of Lulu, a key role in Barbara Hannigan’s career, the heroines of Gershwin’s musical comedies and their famous songs like ‘But not for me’ and ‘I got rhythm’, and Sequenza III, that incredible musical sculpture built from words and the human voice: the result is an album that forms an evocative musical portrait of the artist.


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  • Barbara Hannigan says:

    Alpha is not a Canadian label.

  • I saw her performing last monday in Amsterdam with the Ludwig orchestra. If you have chance, go and see this, amazing. And on the just released CD of the Dutch composer Jan van de Putte, Bamboleamos no mundo, which contains his complete Pessoa-cyclus, she is also does some stunning singing. She is a miracle.