HANS ABRAHAMSEN let me tell you
MESSIAEN Éclairs sur l’Au-Delà …
Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Barbara Hannigan soprano
London Symphony Orchestra
Tickets: for more information and tickets please visit the Lucerne Festival website.
“Let me tell you what it was like”: Ophelia, the plaything in the power struggles at the Danish royal court, gets a voice. The Welsh writer Paul Griffiths has combined her words from Shakespeare’s drama Hamlet to create a large monologue, from which the Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen has built a moving cycle of orchestral songs. He sensitively sketches the musical psychogram of a young woman who remembers her love and hopes, recounting her emotional distress and existential despair. The fact that let me tell you has been a sensational international success since its premiere in 2013 is in no small part attributable to the exceptional soprano Barbara Hannigan, for whom Abrahamsen composed the work. Hannigan’s stupendous vocal art led Figaro to speculate whether she comes from “another planet.” Olivier Messiaen’s great orchestral work Éclairs sur l’Au-Delà ..., his final work, likewise seems to be something no longer of this world. In eleven movements, it directs our gaze toward eternity through powerful wind writing, bird call polyphony, and transfigured string melodies.