Robert Hugill

731 Flips | 1 Magazine | 4 Followers | @RobertHugill | Planet Hugill is a London-based classical music blog written by composer, journalist and singer Robert Hugill, with regular contributions from Hilary Glover. Both are composers and performers, and Robert lectures on music, thus providing a unique perspective of composer/performer with the blog being known for its broad range and critical stance, yet written with sympathy from the performer and knowledge of the repertoire.

Alissa Firsova - Fantasy

Labels: cd review<p>Alissa Firsova - songs and chamber music; Tippett Quartet, Alissa Firsova, Simon Mulligan, Mark van de Wiel, Ellie Laugharne, …

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Contemporary works in all-women gala for SWAP'ra at Opera Holland Park.

Labels: preview<p>Extracts from operas by five contemporary composers will feature alongside music from well-established classics in SWAP'ra's gala at …

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The cabaret tradition: Melinda Hughes, Jeremy Limb & friends in Weimar and Back

Labels: cd review<p>Weill, Hollaender, Spoliansky, Heyman, Hughes & Limb; Melinda Hughes, Jeremy Limb; Nimbus Alliance Reviewed by Robert Hugill on 5 …

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A new, yet familiar piece: Benjamin Zander on his interpretation of Beethoven's Choral Symphony

Labels: interview<p>Benjamin Zander (Photo Paul Marotta)<p>Benjamin Zander's new recording of Beethoven's <i>Symphony No. 9</i> (available on Brattle Media) is the …

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More than just Vox patris coelestis: a new William Mundy disc from Edinburgh

Labels: cd review<p>William Munday sacred choral music; Choir of St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh, Duncan Ferguson; DELPHIAN Reviewed by Robert Hugill on …

Westminster Abbey

75th birthday celebrations: Robin Holloway's chamber music on Sheva Contemporary

Labels: cd review, video<p>Robin Holloway chamber music Reviewed by Robert Hugill on 10 July 2018 Star rating: 4.0 (★★★★) <b><br>An exploration of Robin</b> …

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Striking a chord: Alison Bechdel's Fun Home as a musical at the Young Vic

Labels: music theatre review<p>Tesori, Kron & Bechdel: <i>Fun Home</i> - Kaisa Hammarlund - Young VIc (Photo Marc Brenner)<p>Jeanine Tesori, Lisa Kron, Alison …

Graphic Novels

Romantic exploration: Rheinberger and Scholz piano concertos from Simon Callaghan

Labels: cd review, video<p>Josef Rheinberger, Bernhard Scholz <i>Piano Concertos</i>; Simon Callaghan, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Ben Gernon; Hyperion …

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Rip-roaring rarity: Verdi's Alzira in a rare outing at the Buxton International Festival

Labels: Buxton Festival, opera review<p>Verdi <i>Alzira</i> - Luke Sinclair, Jung Soo Yun - Buxton International Festival 2018 (Photo Richard Hubert Smith)<p>Verdi</i> …

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Changing the discourse, soprano Madeleine Pierard & director Sophie Gilpin talk about SWAP'ra

Labels: feature article, interview, news<p>The five founders of SWAP'ra - Kitty Whately, Sophie Gilpin, Ella Marchment, Anna Patalong, Madeleine …

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Richly imaginative: Richard Blackford 's Niobe with Tamsin Waley-Cohen

Labels: cd review<p>Richard Blackford <i>Niobe</i>; Tamsin Waley-Cohen, The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Ben Gernon; Signum Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugill …

Storytelling

Handel & Vivaldi from Grace Davidson and the Academy of Ancient Music

Labels: cd review<p>Handel & Vivaldi motets; Grace Davidson, Academy of Ancient Music; Signum Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugill on 29 June 2018 Star …

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The good the bad and the ugly: Susan Froemke's The Opera House

Labels: by Anthony Evans, film review<p>Susan Froemke <i>The Opera House</i> at Barbican Cinema <br>Reviewed by Anthony Evans on 1 July 2018 Star rating: 3.5 (★★★½)</b> …

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Russian Romantics: music for violin & piano by Glinka, Glazunov, Cui, Rubenstein, & more

Labels: cd review<p>Glinka, Rubinstein, Glazunov, Kosenko Gliere, Cui; Hideko Udagawa, Alexander Panfilov; Northern Flowers <br>Reviewed by Robert Hugill on …

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What a delightful voice: getting to know Gasparini with Carlo Ipata & Auser Musici

Labels: cd review<p>Francesco Gasparini arias; Roberta Invernizzi, Auser Musici, Carlo Ipata; Glossa Reviewed by Robert Hugill on 5 June 2018 Star …

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Coming into focus: Kasper Holten's production of Don Giovanni returns to the Royal Opera

Labels: Covent Garden, opera review<p>Mozart: <i>Don Giovanni</i> - Mariusz Kwiecien, Hrachuhi Bassenz - Royal Opera - (C) ROH. Photo by Bill Cooper<p>Mozart <i>Don</i> …

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Handel's fines arias for base voice - Christopher Purves, Jonathan Cohen and Arcangelo

Handel arias from <i>Siroe</i>, <i>Esther</i>, <i>Athalia</i>, <i>Belshazzar</i>, <i>Tolomeo</i>, <i>Joshua</i>, <i>Rinaldo</i>; Christopher Purves, Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen; Hyperion <br>Reviewed by Robert …

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Each a world unto itself: Arvo Pärt The Symphonies

Arvo Pärt <i>The Symphonies</i>; NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic, Tonu Kaljuste; ECM New Series <br>Reviewed by Robert Hugill on 19 June 2018 Star rating: 4.0 (★★★★)</b> …

Book Reviews

Intimate, candid and completely fascinating: The Tchaikovsky Papers - unlocking the family archive

The Tchaikovsky Papers; edited by Marina Kostalevsky; Yale University Press <br>Reviewed by Robert Hugill on 20 June 2018 Star rating: 4.0 (★★★★) <b><br>Family</b> …

Book Reviews

Notable debuts & a veteran director: Die Entführung aus dem Serail from the Grange Festival

Mozart: <i>The Abduction from the Seraglio</i> - Alexander Andreou -<br>The Grange Festival 2018 (Photo Simon Annand) Mozart <i>Die Entführung aus dem Serail</i> (The …

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Vivid drama: Handel's Agrippina at The Grange Festival

Handel: <i>Agrippina</i> - Raffaele Pe, James Hall, Alex Otterburn, Anna Bonitatibus<br>The Grange Festival (photo Robert Workman) Handel <i>Agrippina</i>; Anna …

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Rip-roaring fun: Elena Langer's Rhondda Rips It Up!

Elena Langer: <i>Rhondda Rips It Up!</i> - WNO Ladies Chorus - Welsh National Opera (Photo © Jane Hobson) Elena Langer <i>Rhondda Rips It Up!</i>; Madeleine Shaw, …

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Debut: Soprano Chen Reiss sings her first staged Zerlina for her Covent Garden debut

Handel: <i>Ariodante</i> - Christophe Dumaux, Chen Reiss - Vienna State OperaThe Israeli soprano Chen Reiss is making her Covent Garden debut on 29 June 2018 …

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Brilliant ensemble: Cole Porter's Kiss me Kate from Opera North

Cole Porter: <i>Kiss me Kate</i> - Opera North (Photo: Tristram Kenton) Cole Porter: <i>Kiss me Kate</i>; Quirijn de Lang, Stephanie Corley, Zoë Rainey, Alan …

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‘A well-regulated church music’ - John Eliot Gardiner at the Bach Weekend at the Barbican

Sir John Eliot Gardiner (Photo Chris Christodoulou) Bach, Gabrieli, Sartorius; Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, Sir John Eliot Gardiner; …

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Humanity & warmth - Solomon's Knot at the Bach Weekend at the Barbican

Solomon's KnotJohann Sebastian Bach, Johann Christoph Bach; Solomon's Knot; St Gile's Church, Barbican Centre <br>Reviewed by Ruth Hansford on 16 June …

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Handel Sonatas for violin and basso continuo

Handel <i>Sonatas for violin and basso continuo</i>; The Brook Street Band; AVIE <br>Reviewed by Robert Hugill on 13 June 2018 Star rating: 5.0 (★★★★) <b><br>Spanning</b> …

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Rossini's Il barbiere di Sivigla at The Grange Festival

Rossini: <i>Il barbiere di Siviglia</i> - Charles Rice & chorus - The Grange Festival (Photo Simon Annand) Rossini <i>Il barbiere di Siviglia</i>; John Irvin, Jose …

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Seriously unusual: Stephen Barlow introduces Buxton Festival's production of Verdi's Alzira

Eugenia Tadolini's costume as Alzira for the 1845<br>premiere of Verdi's <i>Alzira</i>This year the Buxton Festival is performing the third of its trilogy of …

Planet Hugill: Second view: Cosi fan tutte at Opera Holland Park conducted by George Jackson

Mozart: <i>Cosi fan tutte</i> - Nick Pritchard, Eleanor Dennis<br>Opera Holland Park (Photo Robert Workman) Mozart <i>Cosi fan tutte</i>; Eleanor Dennis, Kitty Whately, …