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Subject: Re: Barbara Hannigan/ Ligeti
From: "Takis Pavl." <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Takis Pavl.
Date:Fri, 7 Dec 2018 16:05:41 +0000
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She's a great musician and handles this vocally challenging music impressively. The Ligeti performance is legendary and has established her as a leading contemporary music singer. 

The qualities needed for this music are somewhat different to those needed in order to stand out in music from previous centuries. 

Her Mozart for example is rather ordinary. 
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1YPNEXQu3E
I hear a fluttery vibrato, dry tone, affected Italian and nothing impressive in terms of phrasing or interpretation. There's nothing terrible in terms of intonation or timing but it's just bland, uninteresting. This is often the case with singers who are great in contemporary music. Give them something like Ligeti and they are completely at home. Likewise not all singers of classical and romantic period music can cope with the wild intervals, tonalities and rhythmic patterns contemporary composers enjoy. 

Hannigan also doesn't have an extraordinary instrument to be the Wagner or Verdi or Puccini singer theatres need so I think she's very wise to turn to conducting and contemporary music where she certainly has a place and a job!
Takis

 
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