classical music, opera, theatre

Electric Fields

Barbara Hannigan | Katia Labèque | Marielle Labèque | David Chalmin

no interval
Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
  • Produced by Müpa Budapest
  • Bartók Spring

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French composer, musician and producer David Chalmin and Bryce Dessner, composer and guitarist of the legendary American rock band The National, produced the record, Electric Fields with the intention of recreating the songs, melodies and poetry of the female composers of the past through modern instrumentation. ‘As often in our work, we tried to connect periods and instruments in order to erase the frontiers between time and genre.' At the heart of the project are three iconic female figures from the history of music: the medieval mystical thinker and composer Hildegard von Bingen, the early Baroque composer Barbara Strozzi, and Francesca Caccini, who was known as ‘The Songbird' (La Cecchina) in the early 17th century. In concert, David Chalmin turns the performance of soprano Barbara Hannigan, who is known for her high-energy performance mode, and the globetrotting Labèque sisters, into something that is at once contemporary and timeless.

The performance will be preceded from 6.30 pm by an introductory presentation in Hungarian by musicologist Gergely Fazekas entitled Prologue in the Auditorium, where concert ticket holders will be invited to get to know the performing musicians and the works to be performed more closely. Admission to the programme is subject to prior registration on our website.

Presented by: Müpa Budapest


  • voice
    Barbara Hannigan
  • piano
    Katia Labèque, Marielle Labèque
  • electronics
    David Chalmin
  • sound
    Guillaume Loubère
  • lighting
    Bernd Purkrabek

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