London Symphony Orchestra / Barbara Hannigan
Bach / Berg / Haydn / Vivier
His own requiem
Canadian singer and conductor Barbara Hannigan has a huge spectrum, ranging from contemporary music – her great passion – way back into the past. It’s typical of her that she combines great figures from earlier eras like Bach and Haydn with contemporary composers in one programme. She has selected music for this concert that particularly moves her with its emotional depth.
Bach’s »The Art of Fugue« could be described as a farewell work: the cycle of 14 fugues and canons is Bach’s last composition, and he left it unfinished at his death. Similar circumstances apply to the Violin Concerto that Alban Berg dedicated to the memory of his friend Manon Gropius, »an angel«, who died aged only 18 in the year of its composition, 1935. As Berg followed her to the grave shortly after, posterity mystified the concerto as the composer’s own requiem – not unlike the second movement of Haydn’s symphony No. 44, which the composer is alleged to have wanted played at his own funeral. In his »Lonely Child«, the last piece on the programme, the Canadian composer Claude Vivier explores his difficult childhood – he never knew his real parents.
London Symphony Orchestra
Aphrodite Patoulidou soprano
Veronika Eberle violin
conductor Barbara Hannigan
Johann Sebastian Bach / Luciano Berio
Contrapunctus XIX / aus: Die Kunst der Fuge BWV 1080 (Bearbeitung für 23 Spieler)
Konzert für Violine und Orchester »Dem Andenken eines Engels«
Thema und Variationen: Andante dolce / Sonate für Violine solo D-Dur op. 115
– Interval –
Sinfonie e-Moll Hob. I:44 »Trauersinfonie«
Lonely Child für Sopran und Kammerorchester
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Portrait Barbara Hannigan
Supported by Freundeskreis Elbphilharmonie + Laeiszhalle e.V.