‘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’ *****

‘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 new beginnings and it is brilliantly realised here.’

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