Reviews

‘Barbara Hannigan delivers an absolutely gripping account of the monody. [Nono]’
March 27, 2020
Pizzicato - SUPERSONIC PIZZICATO
‘Hannigan succeeds in making the lyrics immensely expressive and, as conductor and soloist, she inspires her orchestra to a grippingly mysterious interpretation.’ [Grisey]...
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‘Hannigan gives it an emotional intensity that helps it hold its own in the company of Nono and Grisey’ ****
March 27, 2020
Financial Times
‘The spare, exploratory music of Gérard Grisey is a rare bird in standard concert programmes. It is a fair bet that it has never been paired with a Haydn symphony before, but then reaching out in unlikely directions is what Canadian soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan is all about.’ ‘Hannigan holds the programme together through […]...
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‘The result jumps into your ear through the pulse’s explosive theatricality and the emphatic variations in dynamics’ *****
April 3, 2020
L’Echo
‘Le résultat saute à l’oreille à travers la théâtralité explosive de la pulsation et de variations dynamiques appuyées…’...
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‘We easily recognise the mark of the interpreter's commitment to creation, which she has always made a point of serving, both as a singer and as a conductor’
Le Figaro - Instant Classique
On y reconnaîtra sans peine la marque de l’engagement de l’interprète en faveur de la création, qu’elle a toujours mis un point d’honneur à servir, aussi bien en tant que chanteuse qu’en tant que cheffe....
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‘The singer's extraordinary agility and the care she takes over the slightest note makes the page resemble a sanctification of pain’
April 3, 2020
Le Monde
‘L’agilité extraordinaire de la chanteuse et le soin qu’elle porte à la moindre note apparentent cette page à une sanctification de la douleur.’...
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‘Barbara Hannigan is a total wonder, but which of this Canadian’s gifts do you worship first? Is it the strength and purity of her soprano voice? Or the manual and technical dexterity that allows her to sing the most complex music while conducting at the same time? Then there is her flair for adventurous programming, which makes unlikely connections between music from different centuries’ *****
Friday March 27 2020
Geoff Brown - The Times
‘Here is the singing of someone totally unafraid, leaping securely over vast distances, stamina yoked with high emotions.’ ‘Hannigan’s direction of the Ludwig Orchestra, a Dutch ensemble, brings gutsy results’ ‘Beginning with the sounds of mass breathing, ending with a gentle lullaby, Grisey’s mind-expanding piece may focus on death, but it is equally music of […]...
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‘The cheeky Dutch orchestra LUDWIG’
June 7, 2019, Ojai Music Festival, Libbey Bowl
LA Times - Mark Swed
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‘Let’s all foxtrot to keep brain and body fit’
November 1, 2019, Amsterdam Zuiderkerk - The Dancing Brain
Mischa Spel – NRC Handelsblad
In ‘the Dancing Brain’, brain professor Erik Scherder explains how the grey matter works. After this everone benificially walzes and rumbas for one hour to live music played by LUDWIG’s Ballroom Band. Result: the most bizarre andamusing show in years. Ballroom dancing: who is still doing it? The foxtrot, the chachacha, the rumba? But it […]...
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‘Barbara Hannigan’s interpretation had the assurance of a seasoned expert and the LUDWIG orchestra responded in kind’
September 2019 – Barbara Hannigan and LUDWIG in The Rake’s Progress
Opera Magazine
Their string tuttis had a punchy energy that surged through the auditorium: the passacaglia-like string quartet before the graveyard scene has rarely sounded more disturbing; the principal trumpet’s mariachi blare between the scenes of Act 2 felt amost submersive....
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‘And again Hannigan and LUDWIG are magnificent - The most beautiful and moving Rake’s Progress I ever heard’
May 23, 2019, Amsterdam Concertgebouw – Barbara Hannigan and LUDWIG in The Rake’s Progress
Het Parool - Erik Voermans
Undiminished the inspiring succes story of LUDWIG and Barbara Hannigan continues. It even gained pace and impact. Firstly there was the sensational debut in 2014 at the Concertgebouw, with works by Nono, Haydn, Stravinsky and Mozart, in which Hannigan both sang andconducted as if she had been doing that all her life. In reality she […]...
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‘Magical nocturnal music with ensemble LUDWIG’
January 11, 2019, TivoliVredenburg Utrecht – Face of the moon
NRC Handelsblad – Joep Christenhusz
For its new production ‘Face of the moon’ music collective LUDWIG programmed a concert consisting of pure night music. “An ‘address book’ orchestra”, music collective LUDWIG was called mockingly at their foundation in 2011. Some 8 years, several jubilant reviews and a Grammy Award later, their project-orientated, hyper flexible way of working has proven itself […]...
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‘The best of musical year 2017’
December 4, 2017, Amsterdam Concertgebouw - Barbara Hannigan conducts Ludwig
Volkskrant - Robert van Gijssel
“Beware, Merlijn,“ music critic Merlijn Kerkhof reminds himself upon entering the concert hall, “the collective admiration for Barbara Hannigan is showing traits of a hype.” He is on guard and ready for some critical notes. But then he falls for Barbara Hannigan completely, even more so: at the end of the concert he is totally […]...
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‘The besotted audience knows: we will still be talking about this concert after fifty years’
December 4, 2017, Concertgebouw Amsterdam – Barbara Hannigan conducts Ludwig
Volkskrant – Merlijn Kerkhof
This is the third time a review appears in the Volkskrant about the collaboration of Barbara Hannigan and the Ludwig orchestra. And it is also the third time that over this review 5 stars appear. Who hoped to for once find a nice critical note about phenomenon Hannigan, the Canadian soprano who turned into a […]...
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‘Partying with Ludwig’
October 4, 2013, Vredenburg Utrecht - Fridays at Vredenburg
Telegraaf (one of the 4 leading Dutch newspapers) – Thiemo Wind
The Metropole Orchestra continuing independently, the Radio Chamber Philharmonie dissolved – yes the subvention cuts truly did damage with the radio orchestras in Hilversum. But musicians didn’t accept defeat and created their own ensemble: LUDWIG. The group presented itself for the first time in the ‘Fridays at Vredenburg’ series, ironically a series presented by the […]...
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