Hans Abrahamsen's Let me tell you for soprano and orchestra, commissioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation with support from the Danish Arts Foundation, has received the 2015 Grawemeyer Award. The piece is a touching monologue by Ophelia from Shakespeare's Hamlet to a libretto by Paul Griffiths and was premiered by the Berliner Philharmoniker under the direction of Andris Nelsons on 20 December 2013 with Barbara Hannigan as the soloist. “The vocal lines exquisitely mirror Griffiths’ fragile texts of the doomed Ophelia,” said Marc Satterwhite, director of the Grawemeyer Award. “The orchestra is a partner rather than mere accompanist and the composer draws a huge array of colours from the orchestra, delicate and shimmering more often than not, but occasionally in fuller force.”
The Grawemeyer Award, presented annually by the University of Louisville, is made possible by a foundation established by the American industrialist Charles Grawemeyer in 1984. Prizes are presented to outstanding achievements in the fields of music, political science, psychology, education and religion.