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

Rattle conducts Berlioz' La damnation de Faust

Labels: Barbican, concert review, LSO<p>Sir Simon Rattle & the London Symphony Orchestra<br>(Photo Tristram Kenton)<p>Berlioz <i>La damnation de Faust</i>; Bryan …

Theology

Subito! debut recital from Julia Hwang

Labels: cd review<p>Grieg, RVW, Lutoslawski, Wieniawski; Julia Hwang, Charles Matthews; St John's Cambridge/Signum Classics <br>Reviewed by Robert Hugill on …

Fine Art

The Hampshire connection: Jane Austen's Mansfield Park in Jonathan Dove's operatic version at the Grange

Labels: Grange Festival, opera review<p>Jonathan Dove: <i>Mansfield Park</i> - The Grange Festival - Emily Vine, Sarah Pring, Martha Jones, Oliver Johnston, …

Literature

Leaving you an emotional wreck: La Boheme at Covent Garden

Labels: by Anthony Evans, Covent Garden, opera review<p><i>La bohème</i>, The Royal Opera - Simona Mihai, Michael Fabbiano, Nicole Car, Marius Kwiecien, …

Royal Opera House

What Would Bach Have Done?

Labels: feature article, Guest Posting<p>Belle Chen<p>In this guest posting Belle Chen, the Australian-Taiwanese pianist, sound artist, and producer, looks …

Orchestras

The first Englishwoman to sing Brünnhilde at Bayreuth: Catherine Foster on singing Wagner

Labels: Bayreuth Festival, by Tony Cooper, feature article<p>Catherine Foster (Brünnhilde) - Wagner: <i>Götterdämmerung</i> - Bayreuth Festival 2017<br>(©Bayreuther …

Orchestras

Late flowering: John Joubert's St Mark Passion & Missa Wellensis

Labels: cd review<p>John Joubert <i>Missa Wellensis</i>, <i>St Mark Passion</i>; Peter Auty, Benjamin Bevan, Wells Cathedral Choir, Matthew Owens; Resonus Classics …

Orchestras

New music for choir and ancient instruments

Labels: cd review<p>James McMillan, John Kenny, Stuart MacRae, Bill Taylor, Francis Grier, Stevie Wishart, Stephen Bick; Choir of Gonville & Caius …

Jazz

The Art of Dancing

Labels: cd review<p>Toby Young, Geoffrey Gordon, Deborah Pritchard, Nimrod Borenstein; Simon Desbruslais, Clare Hammond, English String Orchestra, …

Orchestras

Quickening: Songs by Robert Hugill setting texts by English and Welsh poets

Labels: cd news<p>Our disc <i>Quickening</i> has just been released on the Navona Records label, a CD of my songs representing over 25 years of song-writing, …

Poetry

From curiosity to charm: a portrait of Felicien David

Labels: cd review<p>Felicien David - A Portrait; Francois-Xavier Roth, Les Siecles, Herve Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic, Flemish Chamber Choir, Cyrille …

France

Double vision: two views of Sondheim's Follies at the National Theatre

Labels: by Anthony Evans, music theatre review, theatre review<p>Dawn Hope, Imelda, Staunton, Emily Goodenough rehearse <i>Follies</i>, National Theatre (photo …

Stephen Sondheim

The last of the romantics: Sholto Kynoch introduces the 2017 Oxford Lieder Festival

Labels: interview, Oxford Lieder Festival, preview<p>Sholto Kynoch (Photo Raphaelle Photography)<p>This year's Oxford Lieder Festival starts on 13 October …

Orchestras

Bold romanticism: Howard Blake's Piano Concerto and Diversions

Labels: Cadogan Hall, concert review<p>Howard Blake and Benedict Kloeckner performing together in 2012<p>Howard Blake <i>Sleewalking</i>, <i>Piano Concerto</i>, <i>Diversions</i>,</i> …

Orchestras

Palestrina and Poulenc: The Sixteen's Choral Pilgrimage

Labels: concert review, The Sixteen<p>St James's Spanish Place<p>Poulenc, Palestrina; The Sixteen, Harry Christophers; St James's Spanish Place <br>Reviewed by …

Positive Thinking

Delight & imagination: Buxtehude trio sonatas from Arcangelo

Labels: cd review, video<p>Dietrich Buxtehude <i>Trio Sonatas, Opus 1</i>; Arcangelo; Alpha Classics <br>Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Sep 4 2017 Star rating: 5.0</b> …

Europe

Neglected Stanford: Sam Haywood's recital for Rhinegold Live

Labels: concert review, Rhinegold Live<p>Sam Haywood<p>Stanford, Schumann, Chopin, Mendelssohn; Sam Haywood; Rhinegold Live at Conway Hall <br>Reviewed by …

Orchestras

Scottish International Piano Competition

Labels: news, preview<p>Competitors for the 2017 Scottish International Piano Competition welcomed to Glasgow by Lord Provost<br>(Photo Richard Campbell)<p>The …

Piano

Quickening approaches

Labels: cd news<p>Rosalind Ventris, William Vann and Anna Huntley recording <i>Quickening</i> at Potton Hall, November 2016<p>Our CD, <i>Quickening: songs by Robert</i> …

Hear

Schubert in operatic mode: Daniel Behle and L'Orfeo Barockorchester

Labels: cd review<p>Schubert overtures and arias from <i>Die Zauberharfe</i>, <i>Claudine von Villa Bella</i>, <i>Die Freunde von Salamanka</i>, <i>Adrast</i>, <i>Lazarus</i>, <i>Alfonso und</i> …

An evening of theatrical magic: Judith Weir's The Vanishing Bridegroom

Labels: BYO, opera review<p>British Youth Opera - David Horton (The Friend), Eleanor Sanderson-Nash, Harriet Birchall, Siân Griffiths (Three Women),<br>Ida …

Books

In rehearsal: Kristjan Jarvi & the Baltic Sea Philharmonic at the Elbphilharmonie

Labels: feature article, Hamburg<p>In rehearsal: Kristjan Järvi & Baltic Sea Philharmonic at the Elbphilharmonic (Photo (c) BMEF / Peter Adamik)<p>Kristjan …

Baltic Sea

From naughty and disreputable to suspiciously establishment

Labels: feature article, interview, preview<p>Jonathan Dove talks about writing operas, and his new version of <i>Mansfield Park</i>.<p>Set design by Dick Bird for …

Literature

Glass & more: Baltic Sea Philharmonic's Waterworks at the Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg

Labels: concert review, Hamburg<p>Kristjan Järvi & Baltic Sea Philharmonic at the Elbphilharmonic (Photo (c) BMEF / Peter Adamik)<p><i>Waterworks</i>, Philip …

Orchestras

Session report: Recording the music of Kenneth Fuchs for Naxos

Labels: news<p>Kenneth Fuchs<p>On Tuesday (22 August 2017) I visited Abbey Road Studios to eavesdrop on one of the sessions where conductor JoAnn Falletta …

Orchestras

Debut recital: Luc Robert in Verdi arias

Labels: cd review<p>Verdi excerpts from <i>Luisa Miller</i>, <i>La traviata</i>, <i>Les vepres siciliennes</i>, <i>Macbeth</i>, <i>Un ballo in maschera</i>, <i>Nabucco</i>, <i>Rigoletto</i>, <i>Aida</i>, <i>Il trovatore</i>; …

A riveting and exciting production: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Labels: Bayreuth Festival, by Tony Cooper, opera review<p>Wagner: <i>Die Meistersinger</i> - Bayreuth Festival - Anne Schwanewilms, Klaus Florian Vogt, Michael …

A magnificent staging: Parsifal at the Bayreuth Festival

Labels: Bayreuth Festival, by Tony Cooper, opera review<p>Wagner: Parsifal - Bayreuth Festival - Ryan McKinny<br>(Photo © Bayreuther Festspiele / Enrico …

Germany

Viola and accordion: Duo van Vliet's Lachrymae Revisited

Labels: cd review<p>John Dowland, Benjamin Britten, Adam Porebski, Rory Boyle, Gavin Higgins, Toshio Hosokawa; Duo van Vliet; Orchid Classics <br>Reviewed …

Artists