Conducting and singing. Barbara Hannigan celebrated her fiftieth birthday in the NTR ZaterdagMatinee. She was a strong conductor, but when she also sang at the same time, it was truly exceptional.
Also LUDWIG, a collective of top musicians, makes music with the same devotion. Even in an empty (due to COVID regulations) Concertgebouw the chemistry was sparkling. Hannigan pointed out difficult insets or accents with precision, even though she knows very well that LUDWIG does not need a conductor to reach the end of the bar. Power of expression, that’s what it’s all about. Sometimes she leaned back to enjoy or stood dancing on the buck.