Further recognition for Abrahamsen’s let me tell you
8th December 2016
Star soprano Barbara Hannigan sings the lyrics by Paul Griffiths in front of Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and conductor Andris Nelsons on this award- winning album on the Winter & Winter label.
Barbara Hannigan, a fearless soprano and champion of new music, portrays Ophelia in this luminous song cycle, which shuffles the Shakespearean character's 481 words into an extended mediation on the past, present and future. Hans Abrahamsen, who wrote the Grawemeyer Award-winning work for Hannigan, modestly claims his music is simply a landscape for Ophelia to wander through. But his finespun orchestration becomes something of a companion personality, elucidating Ophelia's despair and hope. Abrahamsen vividly paints scenes of sunlight, shattered glass and ultimately the gentlest of snowfalls, wherein Hannigan releases, out of the frosty air, one of the most beautiful high Cs on record.
Tom Huizenga, NPR
Other honours and awards for let me tell you this year includes:
• Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition
• Gramophone Classical Music Award for Contemporary Music
• Nordic Council Music Prize
• Edison Klassiek Music Prize
• Diapason d’Or
let me tell you, nominated for yet another award!
The winners will be published on 19th January 2017. The Award Ceremony and Gala concert is scheduled for 1 April 2017 in Leipzig, with the Gewandhaus Orchestra conducted by Francesco Angelico.
Listen to let me tell you on Spotify