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La Passione review I Andrew Clements s classical album of the week

Barbara Hannigan/Ludwig Orchestra
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Hannigan conducts and sings Gérard Grisey’s final prescient work with style, conceiving it as a triptych with works by Handel and Luigi NonoFinding contemporary works to programme alongside Gérard Grisey’s Quatre Chants pour Franchir le Seuil (Four Songs for Crossing the Threshold) is an almost impossible task. This song cycle for soprano and ensemble, Grisey’s final work, first performed in 1999 just a few months after his sudden death at the age of 52, stands as one of the finest achievements of the last half-century. It’s an awfully prescient meditation on death and the process of dying, which might have signalled the beginning of a new, more openly lyrical phase in Grisey’s development, had he lived to explore it. Its mingling of loss and consolation is still very hard to separate from the memories of its premiere. Continue reading...


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