ECHO KLASSIK 2017
TOP AWARDS FOR L'ACHÉRON & IL GIARDINO ARMONICO
Two artists from the Outhere Music label have been honoured this Sunday, 29 October in Hamburg at the 2017 edition of the Echo Klassik awards.
Discovered in 2014 by Jérôme Lejeune, the artistic director of the Ricercar label, the Achéron ensemble directed by gambist François-Joubert- Caillet received an award in the category
Symphonic Recording (Music up to and Including 18th Century)
for their album devoted to the Overtures of Johann Bernhard Bach.
François Joubert-Caillet / © Olivier Walterscheid
Involved since 2014 in an ambitious project to record the complete Haydn symphonies, which will be completed in 2032, Il Giardino Armonico and the director and flautist Giovanni Antonioni have not forgotten their first love for Baroque music. The ensemble received an award in the category
Concert Recording (Music up to and Including 18th Century)
for their album of music for the flute by Georg Philipp Telemann released by the prestigious French label Alpha Classics.
Giovanni Antonini / © Olivier Walterscheid
First ever release of Stradella's last opera Doriclea
by Andrea De Carlo & the Il Pomo d'Oro ensemble
It has been a long week for Andrea De Carlo and the Il Pomo d’Oro ensemble, who have just finished recording Stradella’s last opera Doriclea in Caprarola (Viterbo), to be released next year as part of the Stradella Project on the Arcana label. For this recording, they lined up an absolutely stellar cast including Emőke Baráth (Doriclea), Xavier Sabata (Fidalbo), Giuseppina Bridelli (Lucinda), Luca Cervoni (Celindo), Gabriella Martellacci (Delfina) and Riccardo Novaro (Giraldo). A group of marvellous performers for this recently rediscovered masterpiece by Stradella, who died just a few months after the opera’s premiere in February 1682, after being stabbed to death on the streets of Genoa by a professional hitman.
On 2 September 2017, the cast also gave a rousing performance of Doriclea in the “Auditorium Parco della Musica” (Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia) in Rome, prior to commencing the recording sessions. Also in the audience was one of Stradella’s biggest fans, the composer Salvatore Sciarrino, who was inspired by Stradella's colourful life and work for his latest opera, Ti vedo, ti sento, mi perdo, which will premiere at La Scala in November.
Barbara Hannigan records her first album as singer and conductor!
Barbara Hannigan records her first album as singer and conductor, to be released on Alpha in September 2017 with a film directed by Mathieu Amalric.
Whether singing, conducting, dancing or acting, the Canadian sopranoBarbara Hannigan is an endless source of fascination. Alpha Classics is proud to enter her world and present her very first album as both singer and conductor. With the Amsterdam-based orchestra Ludwig, of which she is associate artist, Barbara Hannigan has devised a programme including Berg’sLulu Suite, music from Gershwin’s Girl Crazy - in a new arrangement by the multi-award-winning American composer Bill Elliott - and, to complement these two pieces, she opens the album with Berio’s spectacular Sequenza III for solo voice.
An outstanding soprano, a distinguished interpreter of the music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, a ground-breaking musician who creates a sensation on concert platforms and in opera houses throughout the world, Barbara Hannigan has enriched her palette over the past few years by devoting a large part of her career to conducting.
This album, entitled Crazy Girl Crazy, binds together the character of Lulu, a pivotal role in Barbara Hannigan’s career, with the heroines of Gershwin’s musical comedies and their famous songs such as Embraceable You and I Got Rhythm, and Sequenza III, Berio’s incredible musical sculpture built from words and the female voice: the result is an album that forms an evocative portrait of the artist.
Barbara Hannigan comments “Crazy Girl Crazy is a hall of mirrors, with Berio’s Sequenza III and Gershwin's Girl Crazy Suite serving as reflections of Lulu from varying angles and stages of her life. Her blood runs through the veins of all three works presented here. Musically, the jazz elements would be one obvious link between the pieces by Berg and Gershwin, as well as the lush vocal themes and the urgency of the extreme emotional content, but it is the larger concept of human beings in crazy love and obsession, in the midst of maddening heartbreak, searching for home, and finding it in the rhythm of their own heartbeat, which connects the music.”
For this recording, Barbara Hannigan called on an orchestra with which she has had a very special rapport ever since it was founded in 2011: Ludwig, a collective composed of the finest instrumentalists from the leading Dutch and international orchestras, which dares to stage quirky, innovative programmes.
The very first moments of the rehearsals forCrazy Girl Crazy were filmed by Mathieu Amalric, the celebrated French actor and director who won the Best Director Award at the Cannes Festival in 2010 for his film On Tour (Tournée) as well as a special award created at Cannes in 2017, the ‘prize for the poetry of cinema’, for his latest film. Mathieu Amalric first met the soprano when they worked together on a renowned film for the 3èmeScène programme of the Opéra de Paris. For their on-camera reunion, Amalric plunges into the heart of Barbara and the orchestra, with an intimate look at their journey. EntitledMusic is Music, the film has been selected for the 2017 New York Film Festival, and will be screened on 13 October 2017 as part of their Spotlight on Documentary series. The DVD of the film will be included with the album Crazy Girl Crazy.
BERG Lulu Suite (1934)
GERSHWIN Girl Crazy Suite , arranged by Bill ELLIOTT & Barbara HANNIGAN ; Orchestrated by Bill ELLIOTT
BERIO Sequenza III for voice (1965)
BARBARA HANNIGAN , soprano and conductor
DVD : Music is Music, a film directed by Mathieu Amalric (20 minutes, 2017)
CD+DVD ALPHA 293 // RELEASE DATE : SEPTEMBER 2017
CRAZY GIRL CRAZY CONCERTS with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
6 October 2017: Grenoble MC2
8 October 2017: Paris, Auditorium Maison de la Radio
CRAZY GIRL CRAZY TOUR with Ludwig Orchestra
4 December 2017: Amsterdam, Het Concertgebouw
5 December 2017: Luxemburg, Philharmonie
7 December 2017: Vienna, Wiener Konzerthaus
11 December 2017: Hamburg, Elbphilharmonie
13 December 2017: Aix-en-Provence, Grande Théâtre de Provence
15 December 2017: Dortmund, Konzerthaus
« Crazy Girl Crazy » AUDIO TRAILER in 104 sec
FILM « Music is Music » de Mathieu Amalric (official trailer)
New York Film Festival