Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Barbara Hannigan — Rossini, Mozart, Ligeti, Fauré

To be sure, there are pianists who also conduct, and concert masters who lead their orchestra from the violin desk. But a star soprano who coordinates a large instrumental ensemble while at the same time negotiating the trickiest coloratura singing is something entirely new. That is, until Barbara Hannigan came along to reveal this remarkable skill with such high-profile orchestras as the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Accademia di Santa Cecilia. “I was never afraid,” said the Canadian ‘artiste étoile’, “but now, with this weird conducting thing, I’m really on a path that’s my own. It’s like walking on virgin snow: there are no footsteps where I’m going.” For Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre she performed onstage, decked out in an S&M-style leather bodice and temporarily unable to maintain eye contact with the orchestra. How exactly did that work? It’s all a matter of psychology…

Gioachino Rossini
Overture to La scala di seta

Wolfgang Amadé Mozart
Vado, ma dove? O Dei!, K. 583
Un moto di gioia, K. 579
Misera, dove son?, K. 369

György Ligeti
Concert Românesc
Mysteries of the Macabre

Gabriel Fauré
Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 80

Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Barabara Hannigan, conductor and soprano


Year of production:2014
Recording Date:16 August 2014
Recording location:KKL Luzern
Associated Production Company:SRF
Distribution TV:C Major Entertainment GmbH
Director:Michael Beyer