Hannigan and Ludwig Orchestra I

Friday 21 Jun 2019 7:30pm

Part of Aldeburgh Festival

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LUDWIG Orchestra
Barbara Hannigan conductor/soprano
Steven Schick conductor
Alisa Weilerstein cello

Bach Suite for solo cello No.2 in D minor 20’
Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht (string orchestra version) 30’
Grisey Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil 40’
Bach Suite No.4 for solo cello in E-flat major 25’

Crossing the threshold: Barbara Hannigan’s choice of two totemic works separated by exactly a century seem to hover between one world and the next. Grisey’s last work is a song cycle contemplating death set to music of glittering intricacy and savage beauty, whilst Schoenberg’s early tone-poem moves from restless foreboding to a radiant transformation in a farewell to a lavish late-Romantic soundworld. When the focus turns to a single instrument, the dark depths and multi-layered lines of Bach’s suites themselves seem to transcend and transform their humble origins in dance.