Barbara Hannigan conducts

A touching programme centering around loss, mourning and metamorphosis

Barbara Hannigan makes her long-awaited debut with the Concertgebouw Orchestra conducting music by Barber, Berg, Strauss and Vivier.

Barbara Hannigan singing and conducting LUDWIG. Concertgebouw Amsterdam 4-12-2017 Photo: Marco Borggreve
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Barbara Hannigan makes her long-awaited debut with the Concertgebouw Orchestra conducting music by Barber, Berg, Strauss and Vivier.

A musical voyage of memory, loss, solitude, youthful innocence and coming of age.

Concert programme

  • Samuel Barber

    Mutations from Bach

  • Alban Berg

    Violin Concerto ‘Dem Andenken eines Engels’

  • -- interval --

  • Richard Strauss

    Metamorphosen

  • Claude Vivier

    Lonely Child

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About this concert

It’s a long awaited first performance: Barbara Hannigan is conducting the Concertgebouw Orchestra. The concert promises to be a musical voyage of ‘memory, loss, solitude, youthful innocence and coming of age’, in Hannigan’s own words. The programme contains compelling works by Barber, Berg, Strauss en Vivier, presented in close co-operation with the orchestra’s creative partner, Pierre Audi.  

Samuel Barber’s solemn Mutations from Bach for brass ensemble and timpani sets the tone. Bach’s music also plays an important role in Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto, written to commemorate the death of Alma Mahler’s eighteen-year-old daughter. Vilde Frang is the soloist in Berg’s poignant swan song. With Metamorphosen, Richard Strauss created a lament for culture at the end of the Second World War, while Claude Vivier revisited his own anguished youth in Lonely Child, a heartbreaking work in which the soprano Aphrodite Patoulidou makes her Concertgebouw Orchestra debut. 

This programme is made possible with financial support from Ammodo.