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Label: Alpha

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Vocal

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  • Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951): Vier Lieder, Op. 2:
  • 1Erwartung03:07
  • 2Schenk Mir Deinen Goldenen Kamm (Jesus Bettelt)03:33
  • 3Erhebung01:08
  • 4Waldsonne03:19
  • Anton Webern (1883-1945): Fünf Lieder nach Gedichten von Richard Dehmel:
  • 5Ideale Landschaft02:23
  • 6Am Ufer01:33
  • 7Himmelfahrt03:28
  • 8Nächtliche Scheu02:08
  • 9Helle Nacht03:03
  • Alban Berg (1885-1935): Sieben Frühe Lieder:
  • 10Nacht03:51
  • 11Schilflied01:53
  • 12Die Nachtigall02:17
  • 13Traumgekrönt02:43
  • 14Im Zimmer01:14
  • 15Liebesode01:55
  • 16Sommertage01:33
  • Alexander von Zemlinsky (1871-1942): Lieder, Op. 2:
  • 17Empfängnis03:00
  • 18Frühlingstag01:23
  • 19Tiefe Sehnsucht00:35
  • 20Schlaf Nur Ein02:37
  • 21Da Waren Zwei Kinder01:33
  • 22Entbietung01:15
  • 23Irmelin Rose02:55
  • Alma Mahler (1879-1964): Fünf Lieder:
  • 24Die Stille Stadt02:56
  • 25Laue Sommernacht01:50
  • 26Ich Wandle Unter Blumen01:07
  • 27Licht In Der Nacht03:45
  • Hugo Wolf (1860-1903): Goethe-Lieder:
  • 28Mignon I03:38
  • 29Mignon II02:02
  • 30Mignon III03:09
  • 31Kennst Du Das Land06:47
  • Total Runtime01:17:40

Info for Vienna: Fin de siècle

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.

“Their partnership is total” (New York Magazine)

Reinbert de Leeuw, who founded the Schoenberg Ensemble in 1974, comments: “For me, this is perhaps the most extraordinary period in music history, those 10-15 years...what composers could do with the infinite possibilities of finding double meaning in harmony and dissonance, dissolving together into such an incredibly rich language, full of possibility.”

Barbara Hannigan’s musical collaboration with Reinbert de Leeuw dates back to 1999. During almost 20 years of close music-making and friendship, they have performed a wealth of repertoire across 14 countries. The critical and public reception to their performances of this Viennese repertoire - which they have performed for over 10 years and toured all over Europe and North America – has been extraordinary.

“… pianist Reinbert de Leeuw alternated between the role of an absolutely reserved, inconspicuous and infallibly reliable partner...and an unleashing of almost orchestral sonority” - Der Standard

Vienna: Fin de Siècle is Hannigan’s second recording with Reinbert de Leeuw, having previously released Erik Satie’s Socrate, to widespread acclaim.

On 8 September 2018 a special concert will take place at Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw to celebrate Reinbert de Leeuw’s 80th birthday, at which the album will be exclusively available to buy. As well as appearances by other leading musicians, Hannigan will perform Satie’s Socrate with de Leeuw during the already sold-out concert.

Embodying the music with her inimitable dramatic sensibility, Barbara Hannigan is feted for her peerless performances. The coming season 2018-19 will see her continue her trajectory as today’s complete modern artist: soprano, conductor, mentor. She will: conduct her first opera; give numerous high-profile concerts as conductor or soprano - or both - with world-class ensembles including London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; create the title role in the world première of Michael Jarrell’s opera Bérénice at Opéra de Paris’s Palais Garnier; and launch the first season ofEquilibrium Young Artists. With initial performances with Gothenberg Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, followed by a multi-date European tour, Equilibrium Young Artists is Hannigan’s ground-breaking mentorship initiative, working with musicians during the first phase of their professional careers.

“Hannigan has an ability to create colours of exceptional poetic beauty” (Financial Times)

"The pianist — it is unjust to call him an "accompanist" — was Reinbert de Leeuw, the acclaimed conductor, pianist, and composer from Holland, a tall, white-haired figure with a crinkled face, who folded himself at the piano and with large hands brought forth intimately scaled music, with a jeweler's precision. The two figures seemed almost unrelated on stage, and yet operated in perfect, confident sympathy. It was a marvelous and memorable evening ." (Washington Post)

Barbara Hannigan, soprano
Reinbert de Leeuw, piano

Barbara Hannigan
is known worldwide as a soprano of vital expressive force directed by exceptional technique. She is now bringing that same high energy and expertise to her varied activities as a conductor while continuing to work, as a singer, with the most prominent maestros, including Simon Rattle, Kent Nagano, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Kirill Petrenko, David Zinman, Vladimir Jurowski, Antonio Pappano, Pierre Boulez, Alan Gilbert and Reinbert De Leeuw.

Blessed with a voice at once pure and hot, she has arrived, through challenging and diverse repertory choices, at a point of complete control, intensity and versatility. She also possesses an exciting stage presence, whether in opera or on the concert platform. Much sought after in contemporary music (she has given over 80 world premieres), she is no less brilliant and devoted a performer of Baroque and Classical music. Bringing freshness to older music and authority to new, she is among the very few singers whose every performance is an occasion.

She is a frequent guest of the Berliner Philharmoniker, who commissioned for her Hans Abrahamsen’s symphonic song cycle let me tell you, a work which her performances has rapidly launched around the world. In 2014 she had the rare honour of an invitation as Artiste Étoile to the Lucerne Festival, where she conducted, gave master classes, and premiered an orchestral work written for her by Unsuk Chin.

György Ligeti and Henri Dutilleux both regarded her as their soprano of choice. Her startling performances of Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre has been acclaimed widely, as has her expressive fullness in Dutilleux’s Correspondances. Her recording of this work has garnered awards from Grammophone, Edison, and Victoires de la Musique. Other awards include “Sängerin des Jahres” (Opernwelt, 2013), and Personalité Musicale de l’Année (Syndicat de la Presse Francaise, 2012). She has worked extensively with Pierre Boulez, George Benjamin, Gerald Barry, Salvatore Sciarrino, Pascal Dusapin and Hans Abrahamsen, among a long list of composers.

Part of Hannigan’s outstanding quality comes from bringing to the concert platform the dramatic verve and character one might expect on the opera stage – and from retaining, as an opera performer, all the musicianship she displays as a concert artist. She is, whether in concert hall or opera house, a full being. And she has worked tirelessly with directors and conductors to achieve that fullness, and to go on expanding it.

Unforgettable opera appearances have included most recently an extraordinary embodying of the title role in Lulu, in Krszysztof Warlikowski’s staging at La Monnaie, and a fearless interpretation of Marie as a flame in the darkness of Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten at the Bayerische Staatsoper, a hugely acclaimed presentation directed by Andreas Kriegenberg and conducted by Kirill Petrenko. To the premiere production of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin she brought a gripping portrayal of a young woman in dawning self-realization, which she performed most recently at New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival. She also sang the role of Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni in another Warlikowski production at La Monnaie. She has worked extensively with choreographer Sasha Waltz on productions of Hosokawa’s Matsukaze and Dusapin’s Passion, thoroughly utilizing her physical as well as vocal agility. In the 2015 – 2016 season she will sing Mélisande at Festival Aix-en-Provence and La Voix humaine at Paris Opera. Future seasons will add the world premieres of Gerald Barry’s Alice in Wonderland and Ophelia in Brett Dean’s Hamlet, to the repertory of characters she vividly inhabits.

She is steadily developing her range as a conductor. From a first and much applauded debut conducting Stravinsky’s Renard at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, she has gone on to work with orchestras including the Göteborgs Symfoniker, WDR Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and l’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. As a performer herself, she enjoys a warm rapport with orchestral players, and this communicates itself in her concerts, while her programming has music old and new striking sparks off each other. Her conducting debut at the Concertgebouw with Ludwig Orchestra, won the Ovatie 2014 award for best classical concert of the year in the Netherlands.

Her 2015 – 2016 season further sees her as Artist in Residence with the Gothenburg and Bamberg Symphony Orchestras, both as soprano and conductor. She will also conduct the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Münich Philharmonic. She will give the US premiere of Hans Abrahamsen’s let me tell you with the Cleveland Orchestra under Welser-Möst, both in Cleveland and at Carnegie Hall, before performing this with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons. A recording of this work with Hannigan, Nelsons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra will be released on the Winter & Winter label in January 2016.

Barbara Hannigan’s life as an artist has been the subject of two documentaries: Accentus Music’s awarded documentary I’m a creative animal produced at Lucerne Festival 2014 where she was Artist in Residence and the Dutch NTR Canadees Podiumdier (NTR 2014). Other projects include a filmic poem for the female voice by French filmmaker Mathieu Amalric and an exhibit of 3D photography by Philippe Cometti at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris.

Reinbert de Leeuw
born in Amsterdam, is a pianist, conductor and composer. Since 1974 he has been conductor and music director of the Schönberg Ensemble. He is also author of a book on Charles Ives and a book with musical essays and has collaborated on 8 film documentary series of twentieth-century composers such as Messiaen, Ligeti, Gubaidulina, Vivier, Górecki shown on dutch television and which have won international acclaim.

Reinbert de Leeuw regularly conducts Holland's foremost orchestras and ensembles e.g. the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He has toured and performed in festivals worldwide. He was guest artistic director of the Aldeburgh Festival (1992) and was artistic director of the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music (1994-1998). In the 1995-96 season he was the centre point of the 'Carte Blanche' series in the Concertgebouw Amster¬dam. He is involved in the organization of the series 'Contemporaries' at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.

He is a regular guest in most European countries, the United States, Japan and Australia where he has served as artistic advisor for the contemporary music series of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra from 2000 up to 2004. During that period he has conducted several concerts in Sydney and the Brisbane Festival. Reinbert de Leeuw has been involved in various opera productions at the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam. His recent productions were Strawinsky (a.o. “The Rake’s progress”), Andriessen (“Rosa, a Horse drama”, “Writing to Vermeer”) Ligeti (“Le Grand Macabre”) and Vivier (“Rêves d’un Marco Polo”).

His recordings as a pianist have won many prizes, including the Dutch Edison, the Premio della critica discografica Italiana, the Grand Prix of the Hungarian Liszt Society and the Diapason D'Or. Some 30 recordings as a conductor have been brought out by Philips, teldec, DGG, Electra Nonesuch, Ovidis Montaigne and cover a wide range of repertoire by Messiaen, Strawinsky, Janacek, Liszt, Gubaidulina, Oestvolskaya, Schönberg, Webern, Vivier, Andriessen and Reich.

Reinbert de Leeuw has received the Sikkens Award (1991) and the prestigious '3M' prize (1992) and in 1994 was made Honorary Doctor at the University of Utrecht and is Professor at the University of Leiden.

Reinbert de Leeuw has been co-founder and from 2001-2010 artistic director of the Summer Academy, the international orchestra and ensemble academy of the National Youth Orchestra. For his performance of Messiaen’s “Des Canyons aux Etoiles” with the Summer Academy Orchestra in 2006, he received the ‘Angel’ for the best performance during the Edinburgh Festival.

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