Hannigan and Ludwig Orchestra II
Saturday 22 Jun 2019 8pm
Part of Aldeburgh Festival
Barbara Hannigan soprano/conductor
Kate Howden mezzo-soprano
James Way tenor
Antoin Herrera-Lopez Kessel bass
Stravinsky Pulcinella (complete ballet) 40’
Haydn Symphony No.49 ‘La Passione’ 24’
Gershwin Suite from Girl Crazy 12’
Girl Crazy, the Gershwin brothers’ 1930 hit show, is as full of irresistible tunes – Bidin’ My Time, Embraceable You and I Got Rhythm among them – as you are entitled to expect. If (as seems likely) Haydn’s ‘Passion’ Symphony really was written for Holy Week, the extremes of emotion it explores – from the sombre to the turbulent – could hardly be more fitting.
Stravinsky’s ballet Pulcinella is based on rather lighter 18th-century music by Pergolesi and others, but relies largely on irreverent orchestration to give it the unmistakable flavour of its composer.
Photo by Elmer R. de Haas