Crazy Girl Crazy (CD+DVD)

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Artist:
Barbara Hannigan, Ludwig Orchestra

Whether singing, conducting, dancing or acting, the Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan is a source of fascination. Alpha Classics is proud to enter her world today and to present in 2017 her very first album as singer and conductor: 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.

An outstanding soprano, a distinguished interpreter of the music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, an all-round artist who creates a sensation on concert platforms and in opera houses throughout the world, Barbara Hannigan has enriched her palette over the past few years by devoting a portion of her activities to conducting.

This album in the form of a musical portrait of the artist, is completed by a DVD of a film made by Mathieu Amalric during the rehearsals and recording sessions. It plunges into the heart of the orchestra with a very personal look at the exchanges between conductor and musicians. Over the next few years, Alpha will accompany Barbara Hannigan in a number of projects from very varied horizons . . .

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Tracklisting:

1. Luciano Berio: Sequenza III

Alban Berg: Lulu Suite
2. I. Rondo
3. II. Ostinato
4. III. Lied der Lulu
5. IV. Variationen
6. V. Adagio

7. Barbara Hannigan: Girl Crazy Suite (after G. Gershwin, arr. B. Elliott and B. Hannigan for voice and orchestra)

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Reviews:

The Guardian

15th September 2017

****

“Hannigan opens this album with a reminder, in no shy terms, of what a stupidly seductive vocalist she is. She flits, warbles and giggles through Berio’s high-wire Sequenza III from 1965; she has a way of making everything just float...her fierce musicianship is never in doubt...her effortless style is bewitching.”
MusicWeb International

27th September 2017

“An imaginative programme concept and excellent performances.”
The Times

29th September 2017

****

“Sequenza III comes up fresh and exhilarating...Her voice — more silver than sass — is hardly that of a music-theatre belter, but then that isn’t the point. Intelligent, invigorating, Crazy Girl Crazy is a madly compelling listen.”
Financial Times

29th September 2017

****

“The most versatile of stage performers, she not only sings on this disc, but conducts, whimpers and mutters, whispers and shrieks...
Berg’s Lulu Suite gets a romantic performance, strong on limpid, singing lines from the Ludwig Orchestra.”

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