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Labels: diary<p>Johnny Herford, Rosalind Ventris, Robert Hugill, Anna Huntley and William Vann at Potton Hall (Photo: Andrew Walton)<p>I am excited to …

Entertainment

Mieczyslav Weinberg - Chamber Symphonies

Labels: cd review<p>Mieczyslav Weinberg <i>Chamber Symphonies, Piano Quintet</i>; Kremerata Baltica, Gidon Kremer; ECM <br>Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Feb 17 …

English Fantasy: Emma Johnson in concertos by John Dankworth, Patrick Hawes and Will Todd

Labels: cd review, video<p><i>English Fantasy:</i> Will Todd, Paul Reade, John Dankworth, Patrick Hawes; Emma Johnson, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Philip …

Striking trilogy: Snow, a new opera in three acts with three composers

Labels: opera review<p>Rick Zwart, Alice Privett - Lewis Murphy: <i>Snow</i> (act 1) - The Opera Story - photo Nick Rutter<p><i>Snow</i>, JL Williams, Lewis Murphy, Lucie …

Classical Music

Discovering the music beneath: Janusz Wawrowski's Sequenza on Warner Classics

Labels: cd review<p>Berio, Ysaye, Brustad, Bacewicz, Pendercki, Opalka, Przubylski; Janusz Wawrowski; Warner Classics <br>Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Feb …

Flute

First UK appearance for 15 years: conductor Peter Dijkstra talks about the Netherlands Chamber Choir

Labels: interview, video<p>Peter Dijkstra and Netherlands Chamber Choir ©FoppeSchut<p>On 8 March 2017, the Netherlands Chamber Choir (Nederlands Kamerkoor) …

Opera

An immersive experience: Even You Song at Peterborough Cathedral

Labels: music theatre review<p>Ready for <i>Even You Song</i><br>Peterborough Cathedral<p>Bettina Furnée, Lucy Sheerman, Cheryl Frances Hoad <i>Even You Song</i>; Peterborough …

Music

The Food of Love: settings of the Song of Songs from Ensemble Plus Ultra

Labels: Cadogan Hall, Choral at Cadogan, concert review<p>Illustration for the 1st verse of the Song of Songs,<br>a minstrel playing before Solomon<br>(15th …

Farinelli - A Portrait: Ann Hallenberg, Chrstopher Rousset & Les Talens Lyriques

Labels: cd review, Handel, video<p><i>Farinelli - A Portrait</i> Riccardo Broschi, Geminiano Giacomelli, Nicola Porpora, Leonardo Leo, Handel; Ann Hallenberg, …

A unique campus of the arts: a walk round Snape Maltings with Roger Wright

Labels: feature article<p>Snape Maltings - photo Philip Vile<p>Snape Maltings in Suffolk has an intriguing history, built as a maltings in the 19th century …

Architecture

Music among friends: Klangrede

Labels: cd review<p><i>Klangrede</i>, Eres Holz, Johannes B Borowski, Stefan Keller; Zafraan Ensemble, Titus Engel; bastille musique <br>Reviewed by Robert Hugill …

Flute

Queer Talk: homosexuality in Britten's Britten

Labels: Britten 100, exhibition review<p>Queer Talk exhibition detail ©Britten-Pears Foundation<p>The composer Benjamin Britten and his partner Peter Pears …

Literature

Rebecca Miller and the Salomon Orchestra takes us on an Hungarian excursion

Labels: concert review<p>Rebecca Miller<br>Photo Credit: Richard Haughton<p>Liszt <i>Les Preludes</i>, Kodaly <i>Peacock Variations</i>, Bartok <i>Concerto for Orchestra</i>; Salomon …

Music

O Sing unto the Lord

Labels: book review<p><i>O Sing unto the Lord</i>; Andrew Gant; Profile Books <br>Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Jan 9 2017<br>Star rating: 4.5 <b><br>An engaging and engrossing</b> …

Debut recital disc from Russian soprano Aida Garifullina

Labels: cd review, video<p>Gounod, Delibes, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, traditional, Soloviev-Sedoy; Aida Garifullina, ORF …

Music

Wintery magic: Rimsky-Korsakov's Snow Maiden gets a rare outing at Opera North

Labels: Opera North, opera review<p>Rimsky Korsakov - <i>The Snow Maiden</i> - Opera North - James Creswell, Aoife Miskelly, Yvonne Howard<br>photo Richard Hubert …

Performing Arts

Disturbing video games: Hansel and Gretel at Opera North

Labels: Opera North, opera review<p><i>Hansel and Gretel</i> (Act 2) - Opera North - Katie Bray as Hansel and Fflur Wyn as Gretel - Photo Credit: Robert Workman<p>…

Opera

Vivid theatricality and stunning singing: Suzi Digby and Ora at the Cutty Sark

Labels: concert review<p>Ora<p>Tallis, Clemens non Papa, Esquivel, Victoria, Harry Escott, Richard Allain, Frank Ferko, Kerry Andrew, Ken Burton, John …

Hungarian folk: chamber music by Kodaly and Dohnanyi

Kodaly <i>Duo for Violin and Cello, Op.7</i>, <i>Serenade for two violins, and viola, Op.12</i>, Dohnanyi <i>Serenade for String Trio Op. 10.</i>; Simon Smith (violin), …

Music

Wind from the East: three seminal Bulgarian composers

Labels: cd review<p><i>Wind from the East</i>, music by Lyubomir Pipkov, Parashkev Hadjiev, Pancho Vladigerov; Victoria Terekiev; Gega <br>Reviewed by Robert …

Entertainment

First fruits: Tim Mead and James Baillieu in recital at Wigmore Hall

Labels: concert review, Wigmore Hall<p>Tim Mead - photo Benjamin Ealovega<p>Herbert Howells, RVW, Roger Quilter, betty Roe, John Ireland, John Dankworth, …

Dark doings: Menotti's The Medium from Magnetic Opera

Labels: opera review<p>Gian Carlo Menotti <i>The Medium</i>; Magnetic Opera,Thomas Henderson, Calum Fraser; Barons Court Theatre <br>Reviewed by Robert Hugill on …

Entertainment

Getting beyond music history: Rossi's The Songs of Solomon in engaging performances

Labels: cd review<p>Salomone Rossi <i>Hebrew Psalms & Instrumental Music</i>;<i>Profeti della Quinta</i>; Pan Classics <br>Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Jan 20 2017<br>Star …

Poetic exploration: Dresden Festival Orchestra in Schumann

Labels: cd review, Dresden Music Festival<p>Schumann <i>Cello Concerto</i>, <i>Symphony No. 2</i>; Jan Vogler, Dresden Festival Orchestra/ Dresdner Festspielorchester, …

Intense abandon: Christine Rice and Julius Drake in Haydn and Poulenc

Labels: concert review, opera review, Temple Music<p>Christine Rice - photo © Patricia Taylor<p>Haydn <i>Arianna a Naxos</i>, Ravel <i>Chants populaire, Kaddisch</i>, …

Flute, viola & harp: From Belle Epoque to Debussy's Sonata - Trio Anima at Conway Hall

Labels: concert review, Conway Hall<p>Trio Anima<br>(Anneke Hodnett, Matthew Featherstone, Rosalind Ventris)<p>Dubois, Hahn, Ravel, Faure, Debussy, Couperin; …

Completely entrancing: CPE Bach cello concertos from Nicolas Altstaedt & Arcangelo

Labels: cd review, video<p>CPE Bach <i>Cello Concertos</i>; Nicolas Altstaedt, Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen; Hyperion <br>Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Jan 17 2017<br>Star …

A Viennese Quartet Party: music and memoirs from Mozart's Vienna

Labels: cd review<p><i>A Viennese Quartet Party</i>, Mozart, Haydn, Vanhal, Dittersdorf; Revolutionary Drawing Room, Simon Russell Beale, Omnibus Classics …

Spiritual dimension: piano and chamber music by Jeffrey Roden

Jeffrey Roden <i>threads of a prayer</i>; Sandro Ivo Bartoli, Bennewitz Quartet, Szymon Marciniak, Wolfgang Fischer, Johannes Kornfeld; Solaire Records …

Classical Music