Season Opening with Barbara Hannigan
Stormy. Daring. Transformative.
Thursday 14 September 2023 • 7pm
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György Ligeti Ramifications (for string orchestra)
Claude Vivier Wo bist du Licht!
(for mezzo-soprano, percussion, strings and tape)
Joseph Haydn Symphony No 26
Interval – 20 minutes
Luigi Nono Djamila Boupacha (for solo soprano)
Richard Strauss Death and Transfiguration
Barbara Hannigan conductor & soprano
Fleur Barron mezzo-soprano
London Symphony Orchestra
The concert will finish at approximately 9.05pm (timings subject to change)
Programme also being performed on Sunday 17 September
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To open our 2023/24 Barbican season, Barbara Hannigan sings and conducts music that searches for light in dark times.
Richard Strauss’ tone poems always express profound emotions. In Death and Transfiguration he explores the mysteries of life and death, illuminating a programme that takes listeners from darkness to light. Ligeti’s intense harmonies swarm into your ears in his Ramifications for strings – while Haydn’s ‘Lamentatione’ Symphony brings a thrilling contrast in musical style.
Vivier’s poetic Wo bist du Licht! (Where are you, light!) is a musical meditation on human suffering that incorporates audio tape reels of Martin Luther King Jr’s final speech and news of the Vietnam War. And Hannigan sings a tribute to an Algerian freedom fighter in Luigi Nono’s soaring aria Djamila Boupacha which longs for a fairer world.
LSO Associate Artist Barbara Hannigan transfixes audiences with her definitive, boundary-pushing performances. For the opening concert of the season, she brings some of her favourite composers together in a signature eclectic mix, that covers over 200 years of music from Joseph Haydn to the unorthodox genius of Claude Vivier.
Critics praise Fleur Barron’s rich, honeyed voice. Her collaborations with Hannigan bring intensity and excitement to a spectrum of contemporary music.
Barbara Hannigan comes closer to having magic musical and theatrical powers than most singers on stage today.’ – The Guardian
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