In rounding up the year’s best new-music events, WQXR’s Q2 called 2016 the “Year of Hans Abrahamsen,” noting Miller Theatre’s Composer Portrait event last spring. That concert featured Ensemble Signal and conductor Brad Lubman performing the composer’s magnum opus Schnee, which explores the delicate sounds and shades of winter.
As William Robin wrote for Q2: “In the midst of the many horrors unleashed by 2016, I frequently found cause to retreat to the frigid beauty of Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen. Though previously unknown in the U.S., Abrahamsen suddenly came onto the radar when his song cycle let me tell you won the Grawemeyer Award last year. The recording of let me tell you has become weekly required listening, and the gossamer textures of the work were even more impressive when rendered by the Cleveland Orchestra and superstar soprano Barbara Hannigan at Carnegie in January. A performance of his strangely haunting Schnee at Miller Theatre in March cemented 2016 as the Year of Abrahamsen; let's hope that a U.S. presenter will take on his next wintry project, an opera based on the story of the Snow Queen.”
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