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Junge Deutsche Philharmonie in Birtwistle, Herrmann and more in Cologne

Labels: by Tony Cooper, Cologne, concert review<p>Junge Deutsche Philharmonie (photo Achim Reissner)<p>Herrmann, Liebermann, Gershwin, Birtwistle, …

Orchestras

Tombeaux - A secular requiem

Labels: cd review<p>Tombeaux - A secular requiem; Richard MacKenzie; Magnatune <br>Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Jan 13 2018 Star rating: 4.0 <b><br>An engaging</b> …

Orchestras

Mendelssohn in Cologne: Elijah at the Kölner Philharmonie

Labels: by Tony Cooper, Cologne, concert review<p>Manuscript of Mendelssohn's oratorio <i>Elijah</i> <br>used at the first performance in Birminghamin …

Orchestras

Monteverdi in the round: Covent Garden's Ulysses at the Roundhouse

Labels: Covent Garden, opera review<p>Monteverdi: <i>The Return of Ulysses</i> - Royal Opera at the Roundhouse ((c) ROH & Roundhouse, photo Stephen …

Great Books

Kyrie - The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, in Poulenc, Kodaly and Janacek

Labels: cd review<p>Poulenc, Kodaly, Janacek; Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, Andrew Nethsingha; Signum <br>Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Dec 13 2017 …

Orchestras

Allan Clayton and James Baillieu in recital at the Wigmore Hall

Labels: concert review, Wigmore Hall<p>Allan Clayton (photo Laura Harling)<p>Purcell (realised Britten), Schubert, Schumann: <i>Kerner Lieder</i>; Allan Clayton, …

Undeservedly neglected: Rimsky-Korsakov romances from Sergey Rybin, Anush Hovhannisyan, Yuriy Yurchuk

Labels: cd review<p>Rimsky-Korsakov <i>Romances</i>; Anush Hovhannisyan, Yuriy Yurchuk, Sergey Rybin; Stone Records <br>Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Dec 20 2017<br>Star …

Jazz

A very personal sense of communication: Christopher Purves in Handel with Arcangelo

Labels: Barbican, concert review, Handel<p>Christopher Purves (Photo Chris Gloag)<p>Handel arias, concerti grossi and overtures; Christopher Purves, …

Orchestras

One of the most compelling and poignant ends to a Boheme I have witnessed

Labels: by Anthony Evans, opera review<p>Puccini: <i>La Boheme</i> - Honey Rouhani, Matthew Palmer, Matthew Kimble, Lizzie Holmes - Trafalgar Studios<br>(Photo …

Opera

A sense of joy: Adam Fischer & OAE in Haydn's Creation at Kings Place

Labels: concert review, Kings Place, OAE<p>Portrait of Joseph Haydn by Thomas Hardy (1791)<p>Haydn <i>The Creation</i>; Charlotte Beament, James Way, Dingle …

Orchestras

A journey from Rossini to Richard Strauss and beyond

Labels: feature article, interview<p>I chat to tenor Bruce Sledge as he takes the title role in Meyerbeer's Le prophete at the Deutsche Oper, …

Orchestras

Between the Seasons: Vivaldi and Henning Kraggerud from the Arctic

Labels: cd review<p>Vivaldi, Kraggerud <i>Between the Seasons</i>; Henning Kraggerud, Artic Phiharmonic Chamber Orchestra; SIMAX Classics <br>Reviewed by Robert …

Jazz

New Year's Eve with Arcangelo

Labels: Arcangelo, concert review, Wigmore Hall<p>Emöke Baráth<p>Blow, Purcell, Handel, Vivaldi; Emöke Baráth, Peter Whelan, Neil Brough, Paul Sharp, …

Jazz

Review of the year - 2017 in opera and concert reviews

Labels: concert review, opera review<p>English Touring Opera - Handel: <i>Giulio Cesare</i> - Christopher Ainslie - (Photo Richard Hubert Smith)<p>2017 was the …

Orchestras

Review of the year - 2017 in CDs

Labels: cd review<p>The CD highlight of 2017 must be the new, live recording of Berlioz' <i>Les Troyens</i> from John Nelson, but other delights on disc include …

Literature

A magnificent architectural statement. <br>But what is it like going to a concert at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg?

A magnificent architectural statement.<br>But what is it like going to a concert at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg?<p>Labels: feature article, …

Photographers

Bach's Christmas Oratorio at St John's Smith Square

Labels: concert review, SJSS<p>Stephen Layton and the choir of Trinity College, Cambridge (photo Ben Ealovega)<p>Bach <i>Christmas Oratorio</i> (Cantatas 1,2,3,6); …

Orchestras

Christmas CD Roundup

Labels: cd review<p>I have to confess that I have a limited appetite for carols, and the classic carol discs are rarely ones which I would think of …

Christmas

Collegiate and celebratory Bach, or perhaps Bach in party mode! B minor mass from Solomon's Knot

Labels: by Ruth Hansford, SJSS<p>Solomon's Knot (Photo James Berry)<p>Bach <i>B minor mass</i>; Solomon's Knot; St John's Smith Square <br>Reviewed by Ruth Hansford on …

Orchestras

The Sixteen at Christmas

Labels: Cadogan Hall, Choral at Cadogan, concert review, The Sixteen<p>Marco Galvani<p>Poulenc, Palestrina, Marco Galvani, Allan Bullard, John Joubert, …

Brontë Family

Tears are not far away: Andrew James Johnson's Winter's heart

Labels: cd review<p>Andrew James Johnson <i>Winter's Heart</i> <br>Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Dec 12 2017 <b><br>Lyrical contemporary yet romantic music from a young</b> …

Environmental sensuality, and composing with sounds we can't hear: I talk to Samuel Hertz about his DARE Art Prize project

Labels: feature article, interview, Opera North<p>Sam Hertz<p>How does a composer write music using sounds which we can't hear. Samuel Hertz is keenly …

Piazzolla's seductive Maria de Buenos Aires from Mr McFall's Chamber

Astor Piazzolla <i>Maria de Buenos Aires</i>; Valentina Montoya Martinez, Nicholas Mulroy, Juanjo Lopez Vidal, Mr McFall's Chamber, Victor Villena; DELPHIAN …

Orchestras

Royal Welcome Songs for King James II

Labels: cd review<p>Henry Purcell <i>Royal Welcome Songs for King James II</i>; The Sixteen, Harry Christophers; Coro <br>Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Dec 8 2017 …

Forget character development, sit back and enjoy the fun: Rimsky-Korsakov'sChristmas Eve

Labels: opera review<p>Yevgeniya Mravina as Oksana<br>in the premiere of<br>Rimsky-Korsakov's <i>Christmas Eve</i><p>Rimsky-Korsakov <i>Christmas Eve</i>; Natasha Jouhl, Jonathan …

Strong revival, balanced cast: Cav & Pag returns to Covent Garden

Labels: Covent Garden, opera review<p>Mascagni: <i>Cavalleria Rusticana</i> - Martina Belli, Bryan Hymel - Royal Opera House (Photo ROH/Catherine …

Russian Revolution Centenary Concert: Ilona Domnich, Paul Whelan, Nigel Foster & Gabriel Woolf

Arthur Ransome in Russia in 1917<p>Rachmaninov, Borodin, Mussorgsky, Alyabyev, Tchaikovsky; Ilona Domnich, Paul Whelan, Nigel Foster; London Song …

Composer, conductor, singer: I chat to Owain Park about his concerts at the Temple Winter Festival

Labels: BBC, interview, preview, Temple Music<p>Owain Park (Photo Tom Gradwell)<p>Owain Park is a busy young man, as he combines working with his vocal …

An evening of vital music making: Reversal of Fortunes

Labels: AAM, Barbican, concert review<p>Georg Philipp Telemann<p>Bach, Telemann; Academy of Ancient Music, Bojan Cicic, Rachel Brown, Rachel Beckett, …