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By Robert Hugill | Weekly magazine of the latest classical music news and reviews from the classical music blog Planet Hugill

Songs of Farewell

Labels: BBC, Cadogan Hall, concert review, Proms<p>Hubert Parry<p>Frank Bridge, RVW, Gustav Holst, Laura Mvula, Hubert Parry; BBC Singers, Sakari Oramo; …

Indie Music

Keeping her secrets: Tom Randle's Love Me To Death explores the mysterious Ruth Ellis

Labels: opera review, Tete a Tete<p>Tom Randle: <i>Love Me To Death</i> - Gillian Keith, Charne Rochford<br>in rehearsal - Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival (Photo …

United Kingdom

Bayreuth’s Parsifal provided a sensitive portrayal of humanity overcoming adversity

Richard Wagner <i>Parsifal</i>: Günther Groissböck, Tobias Kehrer, Thomas J Mayer, Elena Pankratova, Andreas Schager, Derek Welton, dir: Uwe Eric Laufenberg, …

As important as ever: Opera Rara's mission to rediscover, record and perform rare opera

Labels: interview, Opera Rara<p>Rossini <i>Semiramide</i> at the BBC Proms in 2016 - Susana Gaspar, Daniela Barcellona, Albina Shagimuratova, Barry Banks, …

Flute

Bayreuth’s new production of Lohengrin has taken the Green Hill by storm

Labels: Bayreuth Festival, by Tony Cooper, opera review<p>Wagner <i>Der fliegende Holländer</i>: Piotr Beczała, Michael Gniffke, Anja Harteros, Tomasz …

Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer at the Bayreuth Festival

Richard Wagner <i>Der fliegende Holländer</i>; John Lundgren, Ricarda Merbeth, Tomislav Mužek, Peter Rose, Rainer Trost dir:Jan Philipp Gloger, cond: Axel …

Tom Wolfe

Exploring advanced techniques: Sara Minelli's New Resonances

Labels: cd review<p>Alessandro Solbiati, Bryan Ferneyhough, Jonathan Cole, Salvatore Sciarrino, Alessandro Magini; Sara Minelli; EMA Vinci contemporanea …

Flute

Prom 42: the first Estonian orchestra at the Proms - Paavo Järvi and the Estonian Festival Orchestra

Labels: BBC, concert review, Proms, Tallinn<p>Paavo Järvi and the Estonian Festival Orchestra (Photo © Kaupo Kikkas)<p>Pärt, Grieg, Sibelius; Estonian …

Flute

Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Bayreuth Festival

Labels: Bayreuth Festival, by Tony Cooper, opera review<p>Richard Wagner <i>Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg</i>;Daniel Behle, Günther Groissböck, Johannes Martin …

Richard Wagner

Still relevant & still controversial: Alex Mills' Dear Marie Stopes at the Wellcome Collection

Alex Mills: <i>Dear Marie Stopes</i> - Alexa Mason<br>Tête à Tête (Photo Claire Shovelton) Alex Mills <i>Dear Marie Stopes</i>; Alexa Mason, Jess Dandy, Feargal …

Flute

Jonas Kaufmann as Wagner’s Parsifal at the Munich Opera Festival

Labels: by Tony Cooper, Munich Opera Festival, opera review<p>Wagner: <i>Parsifal</i> - Jonas Kaufmann (Parsifal) & the flower maidens<br>Munich Opera Festival …

Jesus

Piecing together the new opera “Dear Marie Stopes”

Labels: Guest Posting, preview, Tete a Tete<p>Alex Mills: <i>Dear Marie Stopes</i> - rehearsal photograph with Liam Byrne (viola da gamba) Jess Dandy, Feargal …

Gripping psychodrama with a nod to Hitchcock: Barber's Vanessa at Glyndebourne

Labels: Glyndebourne, opera review<p>Barber: <i>Vanessa</i> - Virginie Verrez, Emma Bell - Glyndebourne (Photo Tristram Kenton)<p>Samuel Barber <i>Vanessa</i>; Emma Bell, …

Santa Fe

Introducing the art of bel canto - the London Bel Canto Festival

Labels: feature article, interview, preview<p>Nina Sveistrup Clausen (soprano) and Janus Araghipour (piano) at last year's London Bel Canto Festival<p>The …

Flute

Suppleness and elegance: a new Les Pêcheurs de Perles from an all-French team

Labels: cd review<p>Georges Bizet's <i>Les Pêcheurs de Perles</i>; Julie Fuchs, Cyrille Dubois, Florian Sempey, L'orchestra nationale de Lille, Alexandre Bloch; …

Lille

Ethel Smyth's The Boatswain's Mate

Labels: Grimeborn, opera review<p>Ethel Smyth <i>The Boatswain's Mate</i>; Hilary Cronin, John Upperton, Shaun Aquilina, dir: Cecilia Stanton, m.dir: John …

Great Britain

Lucretia through a newcomer’s eyes and ears

Labels: by Ruth Hansford, Grimeborn, opera review<p>Britten: <i>The Rape of Lucretia</i> - front, Bethan Langford (Lucretia), Natasha Jouhl (Female Chorus) - …

Flute

Approaching Winterreise: Angelika Kirchshlager on performing Schubert's great song cycle

Labels: interview<p>Angelika Kirchschlager (Photo Nikolaus Karlinsky)<p>Whilst a distinguished roster of women have sung Schubert's great song cycle</i> …

Opera

Richly Romantic: Mascagni rarity, Isabeau, brought to life at Opera Holland Park

Labels: Opera Holland Park, opera review<p>Mascagni: <i>Isabeau</i> - David Butt Philip, Fiona Kim, George von Bergen, Anne-Sophie Duprels, Mikhail Svetlov, …

European Travel

A disturbing journey: Schubert's Winterreise from Angelika Kirchschlager and Julius Drake

Labels: concert review, Temple Music<p>Angelika Kirchschlager (Photo Nikolaus Karlinsky)<p>Schubert <i>Winterreise</i>; Angelika Kirchschlager, Julius Drake; …

Mezzo-Soprano

It’s Opera Giacomo, but not as we know it - Turandot at Torre del Lago

Labels: by Anthony Evans, opera review<p>Gran Teatro all’aperto, Torre del Lago Puccini (Photo Cespa)<p>Puccini <i>Turandot</i>; Martina Serafin, Nicola …

Opera

Lithe & musically engaging: Verdi's I Lombardi from the Heidenheim Opera Festival

Labels: opera review<p>Verdi: <i>I Lombardi</i> - Arvino and his supporters with the hermit<br>Leon de la Guardia, Pavel Kudinov, Daniel Dropulja - Heidenheim Opera …

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, …

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 …

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

Weill, Hollaender, Spoliansky, Heyman, Hughes & Limb; Melinda Hughes, Jeremy Limb; Nimbus Alliance Reviewed by Robert Hugill on 5 June 2018 Star …

Flute

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 …

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

William Munday sacred choral music; Choir of St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh, Duncan Ferguson; DELPHIAN Reviewed by Robert Hugill on 5 June 2018 Star …

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> …

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 …